Last Updated: 2019-02-12
A game between two teams that’ve positioned themselves firmly in playoff contention, the Washington Capitals and the Columbus Blue Jackets face off at Nationwide Arena. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 12, and fans at home can catch this divisional matchup live on NBC Sports Washington.
Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
Washington (+115) is currently the underdog to Columbus (-135), and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -115 money on the over and -105 for the under.
Columbus is 31-23 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.1 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked second in the Metropolitan Division so far in this young season, hasn’t moved much from what the team produced during last year’s regular season (45-37). Of the team’s 54 games this season, 22 have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just six have pushed. The team’s 14-13 SU at home this season.
The Blue Jackets have converted on 16.7 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated third overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all penalties.
As a team, the Blue Jackets have been penalized just 3.1 times per game overall this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays for just 5.8 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.
Averaging 25.7 saves per game with a .901 save percentage, Sergei Bobrovsky (22 wins, 17 losses, and one OT loss) has been the most dependable goalkeeper for Columbus this year. If Columbus chooses to give him the evening off, however, it could go with Joonas Korpisalo (9-11-11 record, .901 save percentage, 2.95 goals against average).
Artemi Panarin and Cam Atkinson will each lead the offensive attack for the Blue Jackets. Panarin (63 points) is up to 21 goals and 42 assists and has recorded two or more points on 19 different occasions this year. Atkinson has 31 goals and 23 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 33 games.
Washington has lost 2.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far and is currently 31-25 straight up (SU). A total of 29 of its outings have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under the total and just three have pushed. The Capitals are 14-11 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Capitals have converted on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 24th overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.1 percent of all penalties.
Washington’s players have been penalized 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 4.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 8.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Braden Holtby (3.07 goals against average and .906 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Washington. Holtby is averaging 28.0 saves per game and owns a 19-20-6 record.
Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Capitals will be Alex Ovechkin, who has 38 goals and 26 assists this year.
Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Picks
Prediction: SU Winner – Blue Jackets, O/U – Under
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For both of these teams, the over has hit in three of their past five matches.
Columbus has averaged 3.3 goals per game overall this year, but has raised that figure up to 4.7 per match up across its three-game winning streak.
Over Washington’s last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 1-3 in those games).
Washington skaters have dished out the league’s 12th-most hits per game (23.2).