Blue Jackets are Slight Favorites at the NHL Odds Against the Capitals

Blue Jackets are Slight Favorites at the NHL Odds Against the Capitals

Written by on February 6, 2018

Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will look to get the road win on Tuesday night when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena. Now, let’s find out which one of these Stanley Cup hopefuls is offering the best value at the NHL odds for this contest.

Washington at Columbus NHL Odds & Expert Pick

  • When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:00 PM ET
  • Where: Nationwide Arena
  • TV: CSNB, FSOH
  • Radio: 1500 AM (Washington) / 97.1 FM (Columbus)
  • Live Stream: NHL.tv
  • NHL Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -1.5 (Over/Under at 5.5 goals)

Team Records

  • All: Washington Capitals 30-17-5 / Columbus Blue Jackets 27-21-4
  • Home: Washington Capitals 19-8-1 / Columbus Blue Jackets 16-9-1
  • Away: Washington Capitals 11-9-4 / Columbus Blue Jackets 11-12-3
  • ATS: Washington Capitals 24-28 / Columbus Blue Jackets 22-30
  • Over/Under: Washington Capitals 30-22 / Columbus Blue Jackets 22-30

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Recent Head to Head

  • Record: Washington Capitals 7-1-2 / Columbus Blue Jackets 3-6-1
  • Score: Washington Capitals 3.30 / Columbus Blue Jackets 2.10
  • Shots: Washington Capitals 29.60 / Columbus Blue Jackets 29.70
  • Power Play Goals: Washington Capitals 7 / Columbus Blue Jackets 5
  • Number of Power Plays: Washington Capitals 29 / Columbus Blue Jackets 26
  • Power Plays Percentage: Washington Capitals 24.14 / Columbus Blue Jackets 19.23
  • Penalty Kill Percentage: Washington Capitals 80.77 / Columbus Blue Jackets 75.86

Why Consider Betting on the Washington Capitals?

Why consider betting on the Caps? Because they’re the far more explosive team in this contest, that’s why! Washington will be going all out for the win in this contest after dropping five of their last seven games including their crushing 4-3 home loss to Vegas on Saturday night. The Caps blew one-goal leads three times against the impressive expansion Knights. Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer knocked Alex Tuch’s go-ahead goal it into the net with his catching hand with 5:12 remaining in the loss. Washington challenged the play for goaltender interference, but the goal stood. Grubauer had 27 saves for Washington, which has gone an uninspiring 2-3-2 in its last seven games. “We’re just giving up too good of chances right now,” Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen said. “Ideally, you wouldn’t give up many chances at all because you’re attacking and you have the puck more. But at the very least we’ve got to deflect the puck to the outside and keep things to the perimeter.” Washington is ranked an impressive ninth in scoring (3.1 GPG) and modest 19th in goals allowed (2.9 GPG).

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Goals: 3.12
  • Shots: 28.90
  • PP/PK Percentage: 20.37
Defense
  • Goals: 2.92
  • Shots: 32.08
  • PP/PK Percentage: 21.39

Why Consider Betting on the Columbus Blue Jackets?

Why consider betting on the Blue Jackets in this Tuesday night affair? Because Columbus is completely and utterly desperate right now, that’s why! The Blue Jackets need a win after losing six of their last eight games and three straight coming into this contest, including their heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Saturday. Columbus led 3-2 heading into the third and outshot the Islanders 26-12 in the first period and 40-28 through 40 minutes, dominating the game for significant stretches. Still, they couldn’t hold on when it mattered most. The Blue Jackets come in as the NHL Odds favorite against the Capitals. “We have lapses that don’t allow us to take over games,” left winger Nick Foligno said. “I loved our first. We were aggressive and dictated the pace. But we allowed them back in the third and we didn’t have an answer.” The Blue Jackets rank a discouraging 29th in scoring (2.5 GPG), but a solid 10th in goals allowed (2.8 GPG).

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Goals: 2.63
  • Shots: 33.79
  • PP/PK Percentage: 14.19
Defense
  • Goals: 2.83
  • Shots: 32.06
  • PP/PK Percentage: 24.44

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Capitals are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games
  • Capitals are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games
  • Blue Jackets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Blue Jackets are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Columbus’s last 13 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction

While I love Columbus’ defense this season, the Blue Jackets just don’t have the explosive scoring ability they’ll need in order to keep pace with Alex Ovechkin and the explosive caps in this contest. The Capitals are 51-19 in their last 70 games playing on 1 days rest and 37-18 in their last 55 vs. a team with a winning record. While the Blue Jackets are 45-22 in their last 67 home games, 23-9 in their last 32 games playing on 2 days rest, Columbus is also just 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings, making Washington the pick to get the big road win in this contest, no matter what the NHL odds say. Pick: Washington Capitals 4 – Columbus Blue Jackets 2