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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#43 Columbus
Blue Jackets 5.5
#44 Washington
Capitals -165

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:05pm

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Game Stats

Columbus Blue Jackets

25 - 18

25-18
ATS
17-22
O/U
3
PPG
3
OPPG

Washington Capitals

27 - 16

27-16
ATS
22-18
O/U
3
PPG
2
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

A three-game winning streak takes the Washington Capitals (1st in Metropolitan Division) to a mini two-game homestand, starting with a fixture against the Columbus Blue Jackets (3rd in Metropolitan), who just overcame Nashville on own ice…

Jackets Bank OT Versus Nashville

The Columbus Blue Jackets (25-15-3) followed up Tuesday’s 4-0 blanking by the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 4-3 overtime victory against the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena on Thursday. Artemi Panarin (15 goals, 47 points this year) banked the winner during power play 1:22 into the extra session after also getting on the scoreboard in the third period. Boone Jenner (8 goals, 20 points) also scored twice, as the Jackets have alternated defeats and victories for six games (3-3-0) after winning five consecutive outings prior. The team sits 3rd in the Metropolitan Division with 53 points from 43 contests.

Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 32 saves against the Preds, taking his current performance tally to 7-2-2 for the year with a 3.26 GAA and a .891 save percentage. Sergei Bobrovsky, though, is expected back between the pipes versus Washington, having sat out the previous contest due to disciplinary reasons. He is 18-13-1 for the year with a 2.87 GAA and a .906 save percentage, and has posted an 8-11-4 career total against the Capitals with a 3.02 GAA and a .901 save percentage. The Blue Jackets, meanwhile, are 9th in most goals scored per game (3.23), 13th in most goals allowed on average (3.07), 3rd from the bottom in power play (14.2%) and 11th in penalty kill (80.9%).

Caps Collect Another Win Against Boston

The Washington Capitals (27-12-4) kept their tradition of beating the Boston Bruins alive, notching their 14th straight victory against them following a 4-2 win at TD Garden on Thursday. Alex Ovechkin (32 goals, 49 points this year) lit the lamp twice, with Jakub Vrana (15 goals, 25 points) and Nicklas Backstrom (11 goals, 45 points) also on the scoresheet, as the Caps have now won three consecutive games after losing three in a row prior (0-2-1). Washington is currently occupying the 1st position of the Metropolitan Division, having collected 58 points from 43 fixtures.

Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 39 shots against the Bruins, who outshot the Capitals 41-22. He has picked up a 17-10-2 total for the ongoing season with a 2.86 GAA and a .912 save percentage, and is 15-5-2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets historically with a 2.48 GAA and a .919 save percentage. The Capitals, meanwhile, are netting the 6th highest quantity of goals per game so far this year (3.49), while giving up the 15th lowest amount on the defensive end (2.91). They are 13th in power play with a 21.2% success rate and 24th in penalty kill with 78.1% proficiency.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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After starting the season quite inconsistently, which is understandable due to their very long stay in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, the Capitals have finally found their feet, registering just six defeats since the middle of November (19-5-1). The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, have been struggling with consistency on quite a few times this year, currently failing to notch consecutive wins after three straight victories. They have also found it difficult to beat the Capitals lately, going with five defeats in the last six meetings. So, bank on Ovechkin & Co. to seal the deal here.

Prediction: Washington Capitals

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Rating:

With four of the last six meetings between the two sides finishing below the six-goal mark, expect a similar outcome in this contest. Seven of the past 11 overall games of the Capitals have already produced no more than five strikes in total, while five of the previous six fixtures of the Blue Jackets against opponents with a winning record have all gone under the total. Seems legit!

Prediction: Under 6

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