Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/2/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbus Blue Jackets (17-8-1) at Washington Capitals (14-11-1)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Capitol One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOH, CSNB
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory after winning eight of their last nine games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 8.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with nine goals, Artemi Panarin has 11 assists and Zach Werenski has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 39 goals on 601 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 15 goals on 156 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in their last 11 games.
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The Washington Capitals could use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 18 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 20 assists and John Carlson has 79 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 48 goals on 593 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 27 goals on 236 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 11 games.
The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games, 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games, 70-28 in their last 98 home games and 43-15 in their last 58 games playing on 1 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Washington, 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 2-0-4 in the last 6 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets head into this game in great form, but they're on the end of a back to back and running into a Capitals squad that's had their number in recent meetings and is always tough at home. In fact, the Capitals have won the last three games against the Blue Jackets, outscoring them 10-3 during that span. I'll side with the home team here.