Blue Jackets vs. Capitals - 1/27/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (24-13-9) at Columbus Blue Jackets (20-22-3)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +122 / Washington Capitals -135 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, FSOH
The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets play Tuesday at the Nationwide Arena.
The Washington Capitals look to get on a hot streak after splitting their last eight games. The Capitals are averaging three goals per game and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have scored three power play goals in their last four games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 27 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 32 assists and Eric Fehr has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Braden Holtby has allowed 88 goals on 1,119 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 27 goals on 198 shots.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to drop in the standings with losses in five of their last seven games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have scored two power play goals in their last four games and have won four straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 18 goals, Ryan Johansen has 26 assists and Scott Hartnell has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 91 goals on 1,044 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 36 goals on 389 shots.
The Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Columbus and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall.
We can't really back the Blue Jackets with the way they've been playing to end the first half of the season. The Capitals are the more talented team and has crushed Columbus in seven of their last 10 games. Washington is the pick here.