NHL Picks Parlay: Capitalizing On Chicago's Plight
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The Washington Capitals don't beat the Chicago Blackhawks like a drum, they roast them like a chicken. In the last two meetings between the Capitals and Blackhawks, Washington has won by 6-2 and 6-0 verdicts. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin shows 1-4-5 totals in those two games, while center Nicklas Backstrom owns 2-3-5 numbers. Washington's seven victories in eight games over the Blackhawks include two at the United Center, four at the Capital One Center and one at Nationals Park during the Winter Classic.
Ever since Phil Kessel was dealt to Pittsburgh by Toronto and won two Stanley Cups, Penguins-Leafs matchups have grown more intriguing. The Leafs have enjoyed success against the Pens, with three straight wins. One of the last places anyone from Florida wants to be this time of year is in Calgary, so no wonder the Flames have won four in a row from the Panthers.
We like all these games in a three-team NHL parlay based on odds provided by Bovada.
Washington Capitals vs Chicago Blackhawks Preview
Ovechkin has proven to be consistently dominant against the Blackhawks, posting 8-5-14 totals in 15 career games versus Chicago. Caps goalie Braden Holtby is 8-2 against the Hawks. Washington has grabbed three of four points from the first two games of their four-game road trip. Not only are they 0-7-1 in their last eight games, the Blackhawks are 0-6-1 in thier last seven home games and have been outscored 26-11. Chicago's power play sits 29th in the NHL at 15.9 percent.Washington (-1.5), over (5.5) (-125)
Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins Preview
The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins are rolling. Captain Sidney Crosby (31 points) and Evgeni Malkin (30) are 1-2 in NHL scoring in 2018, with Kessel (24) not far off their pace. Pittsburgh has won 10 in a row at home but the Leafs are also rolling, riding a five-game winning streak with nine wins in their last 10 games. Pittsburgh's power play leads the NHL at 26.6 percent, but is just two for its last 15. Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner left their last game with a muscle spasm in his leg but is expected to play.Toronto (+1.5), under (six) (+105)
Florida Panthers vs Calgary Flames Preview
With Michael Smith (lower body injury) on the shelf, Calgary's goaltending is in the hands of David Rittich, who delievered by beating the defending Western Conference champion Nashville Predators on the road Thursday. The Flames locked up pending UFA F Mikael Backlund to a six-year, $32.1 million contract. Flames F Matthew Tkachuk has four goals in four games. Panthers G Roberto Luongo, out since Dec. 4 with a groin injury, will return to action in this game. Florida has won six of its last seven games.Calgary (-1.5), over (six) (-125)
- The Capitals have points in 10 of 14 games but are just 6-4-4 in that span
- Chicago is 7-13-3 since losing G Corey Crawford to vertigo
- Calgary is returning home off a 4-2 road trip
- The last seven Panthers-Flames games have all gone over
- Panthers D Aaron Ekblad has seven points in his last five games
- Rittich beat the Panthers 4-2 on Jan. 12
- The Penguins are 14-4-1 since Jan. 1
- Pittsburgh's Kessel (33) and Crosby (30) are 1-2 in the NHL in power play points
- Crosby has 25-31-56 totals in 38 games against Toronto
- Gardiner has 16 points in Toronto's last 16 games
- Leafs G Frederik Andersen made a career-high 54 saves in Wednesday's win over Columbus
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