Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 12/6/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Indeed, the Capitals played the way they wanted to on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks, who have now lost five straight. He has played five games at Washington, four at Capital One Arena and one at Nationals Park.

Backstrom's production, or lack thereof, could be attributed to head coach Barry Trotz' opting to seperate Backstrom and Ovechkin to different lines. On Wednesday night, the Capitals did it without top-six forward T.J.

The Capitals won, 4-1, versus the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Two months into the season, it is more than fair to ask if the Blackhawks as you have come to know them the past 10 years will ever show up this season. The top line's scoring onslaught gave Washington a comfortable 3-0 lead to work with, and goaltender Braden Holtby made a whopping 37 saves to keep the Blackhawks at bay. From that moment, Ovechkin continued to rise the National Hockey League scoring ranks while Backstrom struggled to score. Their new linemate was a surprising choice in Wilson, who has never scored more than seven goals in a season. Toews has eight goals and 19 points in 28 games this season. Two games away from tying his career-worst goal drought of 23 games, Backstrom swatted in Ovechkin's cross-crease feed 11:54 into Wednesday's game for his fourth goal of the season. I can't just lay down and play dead.

Less than three minutes after Backstrom snapped his goal drought, Wilson followed suit.

Wilson had two goals and two assists for his first four-point game, and Ovechkin had a goal and three assists, and the duo made good on their plan to get Backstrom a goal. His shot off a faceoff beat Forsberg short side for his third goal of the season and a first in 15 games. Only 29 seconds later, Wilson's breakaway shot was turned away by Forsberg, but the rebound went through Artem Anisimov's legs and right to Ovechkin, who didn't miss from point-blank range.

After a scoreless first period, Henrique extended his strong start for the Ducks with a goal on a sharp one-timer after Rickard Rakell put the puck in the slot. But even when he wasn't scoring, Backstrom remained poised.

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