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Capitals open the season in Chicago

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will open their season on the road on Tuesday night as they take on Patrick Kane and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The Capitals and Blackhawks haven't met on the ice since March 2012, when Chicago won 5-2 as a -151 home favorite on the NHL odds at the sportsbooks. Overall the Capitals have the slight edge at 5-4-1 in their past 10 games against the Blackhawks.

View Washington Capitals vs Chicago Blackhawks Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Blackhawks as -165 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

The Blackhawks sit at No. 10 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Capitals sit at a No. 2 on the same chart.

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In their last action, Washington was a 5-0 loser at home against the Rangers. Bettors on New York at +113 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors home happy as well.

The Blackhawks were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bruins. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at +120 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 2-ranked offense (3.08 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.65 goals per game allowed. The Blackhawks powerplay has clicked at a 15% rate while the Capitals have a 80.1% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Capitals at Blackhawks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games when playing Chicago
Washington is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chicago
Washington is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chicago's last 7 games when playing Washington
Chicago is 3-5-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
Chicago is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games

Next up:
Washington at Calgary, Thursday, October 3rd
Chicago at Tampa Bay, Saturday, October 5th