Chicago visits Ovechkin and the Capitals
Chicago Blackhawks (7-12-2, seventh in the Central) vs. Washington Capitals (14-4-5, first in the Metropolitan)
Washington; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Capitals -219, Blackhawks +177; over/under is 6.5
BOTTOM LINE: Alex Ovechkin and Washington take on Chicago. Ovechkin ranks second in the league with 37 points, scoring 19 goals and recording 18 assists.
The Capitals have gone 7-1-3 in home games. Washington ranks second in the Eastern Conference recording 9.5 points per game, averaging 3.6 goals and 5.9 assists.
The Blackhawks are 2-7-1 on the road. Chicago is last in the Western Conference averaging just 5.9 points per game. Patrick Kane leads the team with 18 total points.
The teams match up Thursday for the first time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nick Jensen leads the Capitals with a plus-21 in 23 games this season. Ovechkin has eight goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Washington.
Kane has 18 total points while scoring six goals and totaling 12 assists for the Blackhawks. Alex DeBrincat has six goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Capitals: 7-2-1, averaging 3.8 goals, 6.6 assists, 2.8 penalties and 5.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .921 save percentage.
Blackhawks: 6-4-0, averaging 1.9 goals, 3.3 assists, 2.8 penalties and 6.5 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game with a .929 save percentage.
INJURIES: Capitals: Conor Sheary: day to day (upper body).
Blackhawks: None listed.