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Capitals host the Hawks in Winter Classic

The Washington Capitals have five wins in their past seven games against the Chicago Blackhawks as the two teams head outside to participate in the 2015 Winter Classic at Nationals Park on Thursday.

The Capitals have already beaten the Blackhawks once this season, picking up a 3-2 victory as a road underdog in their first meeting of the year on November 7 in an UNDER result for totals bettors. The OVER/UNDER is 6-3-1 in the last 10 games between Washington and Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Washington Capitals Opening Odds and Betting Line

On the opening NHL betting line for this matchup, Washington sat as 122 underdogs over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

Computer Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks vs Washington Capitals Pick

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.2-3.1 result in favor of the Blackhawks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Washington Capitals Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Capitals bring a 18-11-7 record to the battle against the 25-10-2 Blackhawks. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Washington go 17-18-1 so far and the Blackhawks go 11-19-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Chicago injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Washington Capitals rated this week at No. 4 and the Chicago Blackhawks sitting at No. 3.

How Chicago Blackhawks vs Washington Capitals Stats Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals No. 12-ranked offense (2.92 goals per game) against a Chicago Blackhawks defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.11 goals per game allowed. The Capitals powerplay has clicked at a 22.94% rate while the Blackhawks have a 90.48% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Blackhawks were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Predators. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -157 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Islanders on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Islanders at -130 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Chicago Blackhawks vs Washington Capitals Betting Odds Trends

Chicago is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chicago's last 6 games
Chicago is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Chicago

Next Betting Matchups

Chicago home to Dallas, Sunday, January 4th
Washington home to Florida, Sunday, January 4th

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