Columbus Blue Jackets (47-31-8) at Washington Capitals (51-26-9)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 21, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -175 / Columbus Blue Jackets +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to continue the trend of road teams winning here as they head into DC to face off with the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
The Blue Jackets spoiled a glorious opportunity in games three and four on home ice as they gave that advantage back to the Capitals after racing out to a 2-0 series lead and now they find themselves as a big underdog once again heading into a pivotal and potentially deciding game five. Columbus netted back to back victories to start the series but an overtime loss in game three and a decisive 4-1 win in game four has the Caps right back in the series and now are heavy favourites in this spot as they have ripped off 14 wins in their last 19 games and are looking like a threat in the East once again. Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start here as he wil face off against Braden Holtby who has supplanted Philipp Grubauer as the team’s starting goaltender once again as the latter had earned the right to start the playoffs as the go to guy.
The Capitals look to win their third straight games in this series and continue their dominance at home against Columbus that had been an impressive 8-1 mark until the Jackets stole the first two games of the series. Washington was the favourite to win this series at the onset but many people projected a Columbus first round upset and through the first two games they looked as though it was going to be a cake walk but now with the Caps at home where they have been lethal over the last few seasons it looks probable that Washington will take the lead back to Columbus with a victory tonight.
The Jackets are 10-2 in their last 12 following a loss of three or more goals and 15-6 in their last 21 overall while the Caps are 23-9 in their last 32 Saturday games and 12-4 in their last 16 against the East. The Jackets have dropped back to back games and that is troublesome as the Caps are now rolling and on Saturday I like Washington to snap the trend of home teams losing.