Washington Capitals (51-18-8) at Columbus Blue Jackets (49-20-8)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 2, 2017, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +104 / Washington Capitals -115 --- Over/Under: 5
NHL hockey comes to Nationwide Arena when the Washington Capitals visit the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The red hot Washington Capitals had another victory within their grasp as the took the ice at the Gila River Arena versus the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. However, it was the Coyotes that pulled off the shocker with a 6-3 victory against the best team in the game. The Capitals defense was the problem here with a balanced Yotes attack rising to the occasion with Alexander Burmistrov leading the way with two goals while Christian Dvorak added a pair of tallies with Peter Holland and Josh Jooris also reaching the scoring column. Louis Dominigue posted 45 saves to help Zona to a surprising win. The Capitals scoring came from Daniel Winnik, Justin Williams and Nicklas Backstrom while Braden Holtby was removed in the first after allowing three goals, finished with 18 stops after coming back to begin the second period.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are still in the running for the best record in hockey but with the playoffs right around the corner, the team has to find some type of spark at the offensive end of the ice where scoring has been tough at best. It didn’t get any easier for the Blue Jackets offense in a 3-1 loss at the United Center and the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. The Blackhawks received a pair of goals from Atemi Panarin who tallied in the opening minute and on the empty net with Marian Hossa also scoring in the first period. Patrick Kane logged three assists while Corey Crawford stood tall between the pipes with 32 stops as Chicago inched closer to wrapping up the Central Division crown. The Blue Jackets lone goal came off the stick of Nick Foligno with Sergei Bobrovsky absorbing the loss with 21 saves as the CBJ dropped back to back contests.
The Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and the Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation while the Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Metropolitan. The under is 5-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation and the under is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while theunder is 5-0 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The under is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 8-1 in the last 9 meetings in Columbus while the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Games are getting difficult to predict so this looks like a game to watch and not bet. I lean Washington but waiting for goalies…