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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals - 12/8/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (16-9-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-10-2)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -136 / Washington Capitals +105 --- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
FSOH, NSWA
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NHL | Washington Capitals (16-9-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-10-2)
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The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Saturday in NHL action at the

The Washington Capitals look to keep the puck rolling after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 26.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 21 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 24 assists and John Carlson has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 27 goals on 276 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 57 goals on 616 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 19 goals, Artemi Panarin has 24 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 68 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 77.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 59 goals on 594 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 32 goals on 273 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.

The Capitals are 23-9 in their last 32 road games, 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win and 8-2 in their last 10 overall. The Blue Jackets are 8-3 in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-10 in their last 12 Saturday games. The Capitals are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Columbus and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 3-1-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall.

We're getting plus money with a red hot Washington Capitals squad that's also won four of the last five meetings against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Even with the Blue Jackets winning the last meeting about a month ago, the Capitals are still outscoring Columbus 18-11 in the last five meetings combined. It's hard to turn down the Washington Capitals and the value of the plus money in this spot. 

Pick:
Washington Capitals +105

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