Columbus Blue Jackets (4-9-1) at Washington Capitals (6-5-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 11, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -193 / Columbus Blue Jackets +175 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals play Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost eight straight games and are dead last in the Metropolitan Division. The issue for the Blue Jackets has been a defense that’s allowing 3.6 goals per game and has allowed 10 goals in their last two games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing three or more goals. Curtis McElhinney has allowed 19 goals on 171 shots and Anton Forsberg has given up seven goals on 44 shots faced. The Blue Jackets have allowed at least one power play goal in eight of their last nine games. Offensively, Nick Foligno leads Columbus with seven goals, Ryan Johansen has 10 assists and Scott Hartnell has 53 shots on goal. The Blue Jackets have scored at least one power play goal in eight of their last nine games.
The Washington Capitals hope to win a season-high three straight games with a win here. The Capitals are being led by an offense that’s averaging 3.1 goals per game and has scored seven goals in their last two games. The Washington Capitals have won nine of their last 13 games when scoring three or more goals. Joel Ward leads Washington with seven goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 10 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 65 shots on goal. The Capitals have scored at least one power play goal in five of their last six games. Defensively, Braden Holtby has allowed 24 goals on 242 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 15 goals on 127 shots faced. The Capitals are killing just 77.1 percent of their power plays, which is 22nd in the league.
The Blue Jackets are 165-347-15 in their last 527 road games and 0-7 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Capitals are 4-9 in their last 13 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Metropolitan. The Blue Jackets are 2-5-1 in the last 8 meetings in Washington and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings overall.
With the way the Columbus Blue Jackets have played during this brutal losing stretch, it's impossbile to back them in any game. To increase the value of the pick, take the Washington Capitals and the run line. Besides, Washington has won two of the last five meetings by two or more goals.