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The second contest of a back-to-back set kicks off a six-game road trip for the Washington Capitals (2nd in Metropolitan Division), who are starting it with a visit of the Columbus Blue Jackets (3rd in Metropolitan) on Tuesday…
Caps Overcome Kings
The Washington Capitals (31-18-7) extended their point streak to four outings (3-0-1) after starting a back-to-back stretch with a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Capital One Arena yesterday. Evgeny Kuznetsov (15 goals, 53 points this year) picked up two strikes and as many helpers, with the Caps winning for the fourth time in their last six contests (4-1-1) following a seven-game losing run prior (0-5-2). The team currently occupies the 2nd position of the Metropolitan Division, having collected 69 points from 56 fixtures.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) February 12, 2019
Goalie Pheonix Copley (12-5-3 for the year with a 3.02 GAA and a .903 save percentage) started the first contest of the doubleheader, making a total of 29 saves versus Kings. So, expect Braden Holtby to dress for the clash in Columbus, with him having posted a 15-5-2 career total against the Blue Jackets with a 2.47 GAA and a .919 save percentage. Holtby is 19-13-4 for the season with a 3.07 GAA and a .906 save percentage. The Capitals, meanwhile, are 7th in most goals scored per game (3.38), 11th in most goals allowed on average (3.20), 13th in power play (21.1%) and 23rd in penalty kill (78.1%).
Jackets Sweep Road Stretch
The Columbus Blue Jackets (31-20-3) rounded off their latest three-date road trek with a perfect 3-0-0 tally after beating the Vegas Golden Knights with a count of 4-3 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday. A third-period double by Cam Atkinson (31 goals, 54 points this year) capped off the victory for the Jackets, whose current three-game winning streak follows five consecutive defeats prior (0-5-0). The team presently sits 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, having notched 65 points from 54 outings.
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) February 11, 2019
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves in Las Vegas, taking his current performance status to 22-16-1 for the ongoing season with a 2.98 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He has recorded an 8-11-4 career total against the Washington Capitals with a 3.02 GAA and a .901 save percentage. The Blues Jackets, meanwhile, are netting the 8th highest number of goals per game so far this year (3.28), while giving up the 13th highest amount in their defensive zone (3.07). They are 22nd in power play with a 16.7% conversion rate and 3rd best in penalty kill with 84.1% proficiency.
- Blue Jackets are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan.
- Blue Jackets are 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win.
- Capitals are 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Capitals are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
After losing seven games in a row between Jan. 12-Feb. 23, the Capitals have now started to regain their form, winning four of their last six, posting just a single regulation defeat during that stretch. Visiting Columbus, though, will undoubtedly be quite a challenge for Washington, as the team has already failed to win in Ohio on its past four trips and is 1-6 in the previous seven meetings with sides with a winning record. The Caps have also struggled on the road lately (2-5), while the excellent recent form of the Blue Jackets against opponents from the Metropolitan Division (7-1) is destined to see Columbus triumph against Washington once again.
Prediction: Columbus Blue Jackets
Full-Game Total Pick
Five of the very last seven contests between the two teams have been low-scoring games, averaging just four strikes per fixture. So, expecting this matchup to end up with no more than six markers on the scoreboard is more than a realistic proposition. The Capitals have already gone under the total in four of their previous five contests with teams from the Metropolitan Division, while seven of the past 10 fixtures of the Blue Jackets versus sides with a winning record have all seen a modest amount of scoring.
Prediction: Under 6.5