Columbus Blue Jackets (2-3-0) at Washington Capitals (2-4-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 19, 2013, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Capitals / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under:
The Columbus Blue Jackets head on the road to face the slumping Washington Capitals as both teams look to turn their season around after a slow start.
The Jackets made quite a push at the end of last season as they sought a playoff berth but ulaimtely they came up short but optimism was high heading into this season and for good reason. They have the reigning Vezina Trophy winner in Sergei Bobrovsky, a proven goal scorer in Marian Gaborik, and a young core that will flourish as the year’s pass setting up a bright future for Columbus but perhaps in a year or two’s time. They do have some holes to fill but at the same time so does every team and Columbus should be in a better position than they are at the moment through six games but things don’t get any easier facing off against a desperate Capitals team.
Washington is one of the bigger disappointments to start the season but then again they stumbled out of the gates last year only to end with the best second half in the league behind a remarkable campaign from Alex Ovechkin, who is once again filling the scoresheet this year. However, unlike in seaosn’s past, the correlation between the team success and individual success for Ovie isn’t a positive one and while he continues to put up video game numbers the team has fallen to 2-5 on the year and are in a pretty tough division. The Caps have always been the least of the evils from a handful of misfits in the former Southeast division but now thye have to compete with the amalgamated Atlantic division that includes the Penguins, Rangers, Isles, Flyers, and Devils as well as much improved Carolina and Tampa Bay teams. This is a tough one to call as the Caps are the more desperate of the bunch and are playing at home but they shouldn’t be this heavily favoured and as such I’m going to take the better goalie to be the difference maker.