Free NHL Pick
The last few seasons he has been a big disappointment as I even found myself throwing his jersey in my toilet last post season where he completely gave up against the New York Rangers.
The Caps still have a ton of firepower up front as they brought in Martin Erat and Mikhail Grabovski to play alongside Ovechkin, and Nicklas Backstrom plus a blue line that will have ample opportunity to chip in as Karl Alzner, John Carlson, and Mike Green make up one of the most lethal scoring blue lines in the game. If the Capitals can get off to a quick start and Ovechkin doesn’t disappear in the early going like he did last year the Caps will be tough to beat and they’re worth a look in this spot here.
Maybe being in Chicago tonight and seeing the Stanley Cup banner being raised will spark a fire inside of Ovechkin. Then again I have been fooled by him one too many times in the past.
Looking to the other side of the ice many “experts” are already picking the Chicago Blackhawks to repeat as champs. I do believe they can, but they won’t. They will have a target on their backs each and every night then having to go play in Russia for the winter Olympics is going to make it that much tougher for this squad for when they come back to the states to make a deep playoff run.
The Hawks should battle for the top spot in the Central division with the St. Louis Blues as the rest of the division just doesn’t have the fire power these two teams currently have.
However, this is a tough circumstance as the Hawks will be going through the process of raising the banner and celebrating last year’s success and as they experienced last year on the other side in LA, that type of atmosphere and layover at the beginning of the game usually favors the road team.
It seems like every time I back the Capitals and Ovechkin they some how find a way to screw me. But the value they have on their side tonight with the raising of the banner is too hard to pass up. Take the Caps as a +145 underdog tonight.
Washington Capitals +145 ($100)
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