Blue Jackets vs. Capitals - 1/19/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (34-8-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-25-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +140 / Washington Capitals -167 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, FSOH
The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 26.1 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 27 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 29 assists and Justin Williams has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 85.2 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 71 goals on 1,024 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 20 goals on 267 shots. Holtby has allowed six goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look for some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are killing 17.5 percent of their power plays. Brandon Saad leads Columbus with 16 goals, Scott Hartnell has 16 assists and Boone Jenner has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.5 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 60 goals on 713 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 39 goals on 349 shots. Bobrovsky has allowed three goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 8-3 in their last 11 road games and 38-15 in their last 53 overall. The Blue Jackets are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-15 in their last 22 overall. The home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
The Capitals are on another one of their hot streaks and have done a lot of winning lately on the road. The Blue Jackets continue to struggle, and I expect that to continue here against a hot Washington team.