Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blue Jackets vs Capitals NHL Odds
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(47-18-6) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals (47-17-8)
Date: Thursday March 23rd
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Joe Verizon Center in Washington, D.C
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Capitals -110
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Off
NHL Betting Total: 5
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Columbus, on the second night of a back-to-back after facing Toronto, head to the U.S. capital to take on the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup of the top two teams.
Coming off a 4-2 win over Calgary, the Capitals are looking like they’re starting to right the ship after a post-bye week slump that lasted for about 15 games. Washington will look for its third win in a row against Columbus.
Columbus Blue Jackets
With a game in hand, the Columbus Blue Jackets sit just two points behind the Washington Capitals and will look to grab a win against that team on Thursday night.
The Blue Jackets have had a stellar season, led by solid offense and fantastic defense/goaltending. In goal, Sergei Bobrovsky has had a Vezina Trophy-worthy season, posting a 39-13-4 record with a 2.04 goals against average.
The defense has helped Bobrovsky immensely and these are the reasons why Columbus ranks 2nd in the NHL in goals against, giving up just 2.31 per game.
Offensively, the team ranks in the top five in the league in goals scored, averaging 3.21 per game.
The goal-scoring has been led by right wing Cam Atkinson. Atkinson has 33 goals along with 27 assists this season, including three goals over his last five games.
Captain Nick Foligno has been great offensively as well. He has 24 goals and 24 assists, including two goals and an assist over his last five games.
The Capitals have gone through a slump over the past 15 games, post bye week, but are starting to look like the Capitals that are poised for a Stanley Cup run.
The team has won its last two games and will be looking for a third in a row against Columbus.
The Caps have played fantastic hockey for the majority of the season, ranking 1st in the league in goals against and 4th in the league in goals scored.
Offensively, the goal scoring has been led by right wing T.J. Oshie and captain Alex Ovechkin.
Oshie has had a stellar year, scoring 30 goals along with 20 assists in 59 games. Over his last five games, he has four goals – including a hat-trick – and an assist.
Ovechkin has 29 goals and 33 assists on the year, but has struggled over the past 15 games, posting just three goals in that time. Over his last five games, he has two goals and five assists.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Columbus is 2-4 ATS in the last six games
- The Total has gone OVER in six of Washington’s last seven games
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals NHL Hockey Prediction:
This is a huge game for both teams so expect an exciting 60 minutes of hockey.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Blue Jackets -110
At home, I think Washington has an edge and should come away with the W in this one.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Columbus 4 – Washington 3
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