Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 12, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals +118 / Columbus Blue Jackets -143 -- Over/Under: 6
The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Washington Capitals look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 37 goals, John Carlson has 41 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 116 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 55 goals on 573 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 113 goals on 1,204 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 15 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 31 goals, Artemi Panarin has 42 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 110 goals on 1,114 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 50 goals on 507 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Capitals are 2-5 in their last 7 road games, 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Metropolitan and 3-9 in their last 12 overall. The Blue Jackets are 9-4 in their last 13 games as a favorite and 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan. The over is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 road games. The over is 4-0-2 in Blue Jackets last 6 overall. The Capitals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Columbus and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The road team has won eight of the last nine meetings between the Capitals and Blue Jackets, and it's Washington that has won five of the last seven meetings overall. We know the Capitals have been in brutal form over the last several weeks and being on the road on the end of a back-to-back likely doesn't help matters. But getting the Capitals as an underdog just always feels like value, as you know it's only a matter of time before things turn around, and they have shown recent signs of righting the ship, especially after dropping six goals on the Los Angeles Kings. I still have a hard time turning down the Caps at these prices.