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(45-30-3) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals (49-26-6)
2018 NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 1
NHL Series Odds: Capitals -130 | Columbus +110
NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Columbus +3000, Washington +1200
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It’s an Eastern Conference showdown between two teams who really feel like they should be able to get through th to the second round of the playoffs. The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Washington Capitals face off with the Capitals having home ice advantage.
These teams have played four times so far this year with the Capitals winning three of those games.
Columbus Blue Jackets
There is struggling into the playoffs, and then there is what the Columbus Blue Jackets did. They come into this series having only one win in their last four games and a big reason has been the way the defense has been playing as of late.
In each of the last four games they have given up at least four goals and that isn’t a good trend when you are about to face a team that can score like the Washington Capitals.
In terms of goaltending Sergei Bobrovsky has actually had a decent season but most years when the playoffs roll around he really starts to struggle. He needs to keep his confidence in this series and try to have a good game one.
The offense hasn’t been great this year, but in this series, it’s going to come down to how well the defense can play.
If the defense struggles they will have zero chance to win this series, but if the defense steps up big they have a chance to win this series.
For the Washington Capitals, they just can’t seem to get over the hump and win that Stanley Cup but coming into this playoff series they are hot.
They have won eight of the last ten games and they seem to be clicking all around. One of the big storylines for the Capitals is goaltending.
Braden Holtby won’t get the game one start and instead they will turn to the backup, Philipp Grubauer who has less than 80 minutes of goaltending experience in the playoffs.
For the Capitals, this series is all going to come down to the offensive zone, and they need to try and make the Blue Jackets frustrated early.
The Blue Jackets have shown that they aren’t that good in the defensive zone as of late and the Capitals really need to make life tough.
If they can get a ton of goals in the first couple of games they can probably get the Blue Jackets to collapse under the pressure.
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals Series Prediction:
All the signs in this series point towards the Capitals winning this series, and I don’t think it will be all that hard for them.
4* Free NHL Series Betting Pick: Capitals in Five
Their offense is too good and that will lead to them cruising to an easy victory of a series. I don’t see this series going more than five games.
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