Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 11/20/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (9-4-2) at Washington Capitals (11-4-2)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -185 / Columbus Blue Jackets +166 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, CSNB
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals clash Sunday afternoon in NHL action at the Verizon Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to keep the puck rolling after winning seven of their last nine games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 29.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Sam Gagner leads Columbus with seven goals, Nick Foligno has 10 assists and Cam Atkinson has 43 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 29 goals on 427 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has allowed three goals on 53 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have scored two or more goals in five straight games.
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The Washington Capitals also look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Capitals are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. T.J. Oshie leads Washington with eight goals, Alex Ovechkin has four assists and Marcus Johansson has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.1 goals per game and are killing 84.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 25 goals on 359 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed eight goals on 107 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.
The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 44-18 in their last 62 games playing on 1 days rest and 44-17 in their last 61 home games. The Blue Jackets are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Washington and the over is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings.
Both the Blue Jackets and Capitals are playing solid hockey and have to feel good heading into this contest. I'm just not laying this sort of juice with Washington with the way Columbus is playing. Instead, I'll side with the over considering both clubs are finding the back of the net with consistency and it's a popular trend when these two teams meet.