Washington vs Chicago: prediction for the NHL fixture
Washington are 2nd in the Eastern Conference standings with 33 points. The Capitals are currently one of the most productive clubs in the NHL; they score three goals per game on average.
Washington had been on a winning streak before the last game, and even had celebrated success over Carolina (4:2). But then the Capitals lost to the Panthers: they conceded four goals in the third period and gave away the game (4:5).
Chicago are one of the main outsiders in the Western Conference. They are currently on the 14th line in the standings. After a terrible start to the season, the Blackhawks managed to improve their results, but they still lack consistency.
The Blackhawks got a narrow win against Vancouver (1:0) and lost to Calgary (2:5), then prevailed over St. Louis (3: 2 OT) before yielding to San Jose (0:2). Derek King's men haven't scored more than two goals in regulation in the last five matches.
In the last 4 games, Washington scored more than 3 goals.
In 3 out of 5 head-to-head games, more than 1 goal was scored in the first period.
Washington are in terrific form, despite losing to Florida in the last match, they are a clear favorite here. Chicago, on the other hand, haven't been able to score more than two goals in regulation in the last five fixtures. Moreover, the Capitals hold the advantage in the head-to-head.
Our prediction - Washington to win
In the last 8 games between the two sides, 6 or more goals were scored. We believe this can be a real barn-burner.
Second bet - total over 5.5 goals