The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Preview
The Columbus Blue Jackets look to snap a 7-game losing streak. The Blue Jackets most recent loss was Thursday against the Coyotes. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.71 goals per game and are scoring on 11.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 7 goals, Ivan Provorov has 10 assists and Adam Fantilli has 48 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.53 goals per game and are killing 87.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Spencer Martin has allowed 20 goals on 210 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 35 goals on 354 shots.
Washington Capitals Betting Preview
The Washington Capitals look to build on their 3-game winning streak. The Washington Capitals are fresh off a shutout win over Vegas on Tuesday. The Washington Capitals are averaging 2.36 goals per game and are scoring on 7.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Dylan Strome leads Washington with 7 goals, John Carlson has 8 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 56 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.64 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 25 goals on 232 shots faced, and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 7 goals on 131 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are riding a 7-game losing streak and the offense has yet to really get going. The Washington Capitals are coming off their best week yet with 3 straight wins, which includes a most recent shutout over the Golden Knights. This feels like two teams heading in different directions. Backing the Blue Jackets isn't an option given their current form. Give me the Caps and the PL for max betting value.