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Blue Jackets vs Capitals Hockey Game Preview

Columbus Blue Jackets

Washington Capitals
2-4-0 October 19, 2013, 07:00 PM | Verizon Center 2-5-0

NHL wagering interest swings to the Washington vs Columbus battle on Saturday at Verizon Center as the Capitals try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Blue Jackets will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 2-4-0 this season, while the Capitals are 2-5-0. Columbus is 2-3-1 on the totals; Washington is 4-3.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals Odds and Stats.

The Capitals were listed earlier today as -142 moneyline Favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5.

This game puts the Capitals, most recently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Blue Jackets, who rate a No. 14 in the latest survey.

Columbus lost its last outing, a 5-3 result against the Canadiens on October 17. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at -155 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Washington was a 2-0 loser at home against the Rangers. Bettors on New York at +125 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 21-ranked offense, averaging 2.43 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 19 at 2.83 goals allowed. The Capitals power play is averaging 30.77% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 83.33% of their penalties.

A few Blue Jackets at Capitals trends to consider:
Columbus is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games
Columbus is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Columbus is 3-9-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing Washington
Washington is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games
Washington is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games at home
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Columbus at Vancouver, Sunday, October 20th
Washington at Atlanta, Tuesday, October 22nd