Columbus Blue Jackets (10-15-2) at Washington Capitals (13-10-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 11, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -165 / Columbus Blue Jackets +149 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals play Thursday at the Verizon Center.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have won four straight games and are starting to make progress in the Metropolitan. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.3 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last four games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have three power play goals in their last two games and are 8-2 this season when scoring at least three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 11 goals, Ryan Johansen has 17 assists and Cam Atkinson has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 48 goals on 578 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 28 goals on 272 shots.
The Washington Capitals have won four of their last six games and play their second home contest of the month. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored 14 goals in their last four games. The Washington Capitals have scored a power play goal in six of their last eight games and have won seven of their last eight games overall when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 14 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 22 assists and Troy Brouwer has 59 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in 10 of their last 13 games. Braden Holtby has allowed 49 goals on 582 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 12-5 in their last 17 vs. a team with a losing record and 2-5 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan. The Capitals are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Washington and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Washington Capitals are starting to click on all sides of the ice and while the Blue Jackets are on a bit of a hot streak, they're going to struggle on the road here. Take the Capitals as long as you don't mind the chalk.