Betting on today’s Blackhawks and Capitals game? Catch the action at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, as the Capitals hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on NBCS. This non-conference matchup has an over/under of 6 goals, and the Capitals are favored by -1.5 against the Blackhawks.


The Pick: Washington Capitals -1.5

This game will be played at Capital One Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, March 9th.


  • Coming in as 1.5 goal favorites, our projections have the Capitals picking up a 4-3 win.
  • Take the Capitals on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Blackhawks (+1.5)

Will the Blackhawks Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?

On the season, Chicago has struggled mightily, posting a record of 16-42-5, which places them 16th in the Western Conference and 8th in the Central Division. The Blackhawks have been underdogs in 61 of their 63 games and have gone 15-41-5 in those contests. Over their last ten games, Chicago has gone just 2-8.

On the road, the Blackhawks have been even worse, going just 5-25-1 this season. In games away from home, Chicago has been outscored by an average of 1.72 goals per game. Over their last five games, the Blackhawks have gone 1-4.

Chicago enters the game with a puck line record of 28-35 and an average scoring margin of -1.5 goals per game. Their puck line record as the underdog is 28-33, and they have lost 34 games by multiple goals.

So far this season, the Blackhawks have been the underdog in all 61 games, and their average scoring margin on the road is -2.2 goals per contest. Overall, their puck line record on the road is just 10-21.

This season, Chicago’s games are averaging 5.6 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.1. The Blackhawks currently have an over/under record of 24-37-2.

Through their last three road contests, the Blackhawks offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 4. Chicago posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.

For their offensive performance, the Blackhawks come in averaging 2 goals per game this season, which is 32nd in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 30th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Blackhawks offense is 29th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 27th in the NHL.

Chicago’s current leading scorer is Jason Dickinson. This season, he has 18 goals, which puts him 98th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 12 assists so far.

Defensively, the Capitals are currently 19th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.4 shots per game against Washington. They also are 5th in shutouts, coming in with 5 shutouts.

Goalie Petr Mrazek comes into the game having made 41 starts this season. So far, his record is 13-24 and he has a save percentage of 0.944%.

Will the Capitals Win at Home?

At 67 points, the Capitals are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Metropolitan Division. Their record of 29-23-9 includes a mark of 19-17 against other Eastern Conference teams and a record of 14-8 against divisional opponents. Over their last ten games, Washington has gone 6-4.

Playing at home this season, the Capitals have gone 16-10-5. As the favorite, Washington has gone 12-3-2 this season and has been favored in 17 of their 61 games. Against teams from the Western Conference, the Capitals have gone 7-5 this season.

Washington comes into this one with a puck line record of 29-32 and their average scoring margin sits at -0.4 goals per game. So far, they have had 15 wins by multiple goals and have lost 21 games by more than one goal.

When playing at home, the Capitals have gone 15-16 against the puck line, and their average scoring differential is at -0.2 goals per game. In their last ten games at home, the team has gone 7-3 vs. the puck line.

The average goal total for Washington’s games is sitting at 5.9. The average over/under line for the season is 6.1. The Capitals come in with an over/under record of 28-30-3.

In their last three games away from home, the Blackhawks have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 2 goals per game in this stretch.

When looking at their offense, the Capitals have an average of 2.7 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 30th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 31st in the league. This season, the Capitals have a 9-6 record in games where they outshoot their opponent. In games with fewer shots on goal, they hold a 20-17 record.

Washington will be looking for a good game from Dylan Strome who leads the team in scoring with 22 goals, ranking 54th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Strome has 28 assists this season.

The Capitals defense is currently 19th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.4 shots per game against Washington. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 5th with 5 shutouts.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper gets the start and has made 27 starts this season. His record at this point is 13-12, and his save percentage is 0.685%.