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

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Nicklas Backstrom, who had a goal and two assists, Wilson and Alex Ovechkin, who scored his National Hockey League leading 21st goal, tallied in a span of 3:28 in the second half of the first frame.

The Capitals forward last scored on October 14.

The Ducks broke a three-game losing streak (0-1-2) by taking the opener of a three-game homestand.

Craig Anderson stopped 19 shots in the Senators' ninth loss in 10 games.

Crawford resumed skating in Chicago on Wednesday, so he's clearly making progress in his recovery from the undisclosed ailment that will keep him sidelined for at least two more games.

Wednesdays 6-2 loss to the Capitals was the Blackhawks fifth consecutive loss, and they remain out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Lance Bouma poked in a rebound of a Connor Murphy shot to make it 3-1 late in the first period, and Toews scored a breakaway goal off a turnover for the Blackhawks late in the third period to pull Chicago within 5-2. "Great way to get it started and we kept rolling".

Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Weal, Dale Weise and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers, who were on an 0-5-5 run before Monday.

Backstrom ended his goal drought at 11:54 of the first when he finished a tic-tac-toe sequence by one-timing Ovechkin's pass past Forsberg for his fourth of the season. Chicago has lost seven in a row in Washington since January 2006. On Wednesday night, the Capitals did it without top-six forward T.J.

Said Holtby: "You look at a lot of really good lines, there's usually that guy doing the hard work, the gritty work, keeping pucks alive in the corners and playing well in the [defensive] zone to create transition". C Chandler Stephenson saw action after missing one game with an upper-body injury. "I think he's figuring out to create offense at the same time as being very responsible defensively". Kase, who missed 10 games last month due to injury, already has six goals for a new single-season career high. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford could return Sunday against Arizona.

Ducks: Host former coach Bruce Boudreau and the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.