Washington Capitals (30-17-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (27-21-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -118 / Washington Capitals +107 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Washington Capitals need a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 32 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 35 assists and John Carlson has 158 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 102 goals on 1,180 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 42 goals on 481 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win also after losing six of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 14.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Anderson leads Columbus with 16 goals, Artemi Panarin has 29 assists and Oliver Bjorkstrand has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 75.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 104 goals on 1,314 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 31 goals on 345 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Capitals are 51-19 in their last 70 games playing on 1 days rest, 37-18 in their last 55 vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Blue Jackets are 45-22 in their last 67 home games, 23-9 in their last 32 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings, the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 10-4-4 in the last 18 meetings.
Both of these teams are struggling over the last week, so it's hard to get a feel and decided which team will snap out of this funk first. The Columbus Blue Jackets continue to be one of the better home teams in the league and don't lose often when playing on extended rest. The Washington Capitals are getting lit up defensively, and the home team has won seven of the last 10 meetings between these two clubs. Give me the Blue Jackets.