Upset Special: Blackhawks To Stun Capitals On Thanksgiving Eve!

Jimmy Murphy

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 7:20 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 7:20 PM UTC

The Blackhawks will get their third win under new coach Jeremy Colliton and stun the Capitals in Washington on Wednesday night. Yeah, really, include Chicago in your NHL picks.

Jimmy's NHL picks record: 32-27-2

Chicago ( 8-8-5, 8-13 ATS) at Washington (10-7-3, 10-10 ATS)Wednesday, 7 p.m. ETFree NHL Pick: Blackhawks MLBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Yes, you read that right! The Chicago Blackhawks are going to go into the Capital One Center, where the Washington Capitals are 5-3-2, and hand the defending Stanley Cup champions their fourth loss on home ice. No, the tryptophan hasn’t set in for this puck scribe who loves Thanksgiving and no, I haven’t begun my Thanksgiving eve libations! This is just one of those crazy hunches and one of those "it makes no sense so it will happen" things. Those gut instincts have helped me start my SBR career at 32-27-2 and this upset special will get me to 33 wins at the quarter mark of the NHL season and hopefully make you some much-needed holiday dinero!

Look, no one’s kidding anyone. The Blackhawks are likely headed for a lottery pick next June rather than the place we’re accustomed to seeing them, the Stanley Cup playoffs. That being said, after winning two of their last three games, including a huge 3-1 victory over division rival Minnesota on Sunday, the Hawks are now 2-3-1 under new head coach Jeremy Colliton, who replaced the legendary Joel Quenneville on November 6. Chicago is playing a more uptempo style and the read here is that a Caps team fresh off a four-game road trip and hampered with injuries to two key players (T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov) is ripe for a letdown, and the suddenly rejuvenated Blackhawks will be more than happy to pounce on the early Thanksgiving treat.

The Blackhawks are 8-13 against the spread and 3-7 on the road. Chicago has scored 56 goals and allowed 70. They’re 9-11-1 on the over/under and 5-4-1 on the road. The Hawks are 9-12 on the puck line and 4-6 on the road.

Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks in goals (12), assists (13) and points (25). Captain Jonathan Toews has 10 goals and 8 assists, and defenseman Brent Seabrook leads the blue line with 3 goals and 7 assists.

The Capitals are 10-10 against the spread and 5-5 at home. Washington has scored 68 goals and allowed 67. They’re 11-7-2 on the over/under and 5-4-1 at home. The Caps are 9-7 on the puck line and 3-7 at home.

Alexander Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 15 goals and 23 points, and center Nicklas Backstrom leads the team in assists with 17. John Carlson leads the blue line for Washington with 5 goals and 16 assists.

Goaltending Matchup

For the Blackhawks, Corey Crawford is 5-6-0-1 with a 2.44 GAA and .922 save percentage. Crawford has won two of his last three starts and stopped 98 of 100 shots during that span, including all 28 in a 1-0 shutout over the Blues a week ago. Backup Cam Ward is 3-2-0-4 with a 3.81 GAA and .891 save percentage.

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🌟 Crawesome 🌟

Corey Crawford has been named the @NHL's Second Star of the Week after posting a 2-0-1 record with a 0.65 GAA, .980 save percentage and one shutout! #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/jw8zgSYlXP

— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) November 19, 2018
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For the Caps, Braden Holtby is 6-5-0-2 with a 3.07 GAA and .906 save percentage. Backup Pheonix Copley is 4-2-0-1 with a 3.07 GAA and .899 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report

For the Blackhawks, defensemen Brandon Davidson (leg) and Connor Murphy (back) are on injured reserve.

For the Capitals, Oshie and Kuznetsov are day-to-day, each with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Brooks Orpik is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

Prediction: Blackhawks 4, Capitals 2
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