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Capitals vs Blue Jackets Hockey Game Preview

Washington Capitals

Columbus Blue Jackets
24-21-8 January 30, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 26-23-4

Columbus will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Washington Capitals pay a visit to Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets bring a 26-23-4 record to the battle against the 24-21-8 Capitals. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Columbus go 28-21-4 so far and the Capitals go 24-29.

View Washington Capitals vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Blue Jackets as -136 moneyline Favorite in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 5.5 before betting started to move the line at 5Dimes.

This game matches up the No. 13 (Blue Jackets) and the No. 20 (Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

The Capitals were a 5-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -140 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Last time out for Columbus, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Senators at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Senators at +100 were rewarded, while the 5 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Columbus's No. 9-ranked offense, averaging 2.91 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.98 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 19.21% while the Capitals defense kills off 80% of their penalties.

A few Capitals at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Washington is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
Washington is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Columbus
Columbus is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games
Columbus is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Washington at Detroit, Friday, January 31st
Columbus home to Florida, Saturday, February 1st