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Reeling Blue Jackets could be a hard sell vs Capitals

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to avoid their fifth straight loss when they face off vs the Washington Capitals. The Blue Jackets are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games on the road while the Capitals haven’t fared much better recently, dropping four of their last five games at home. Washington opened as a -145 favorite to get the W.

SHARK BITES
  • The Capitals are 6-2 SU in their last eight games vs their division at home.
  • The Blue Jackets are 2-13 SU in their last 15 games vs their division on the road.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Capitals’ last five games at home vs teams with winning records.

The Blue Jackets haven’t given bettors much hope in backing them lately, as they’re 1-5 SU in their last six games and have dropped to eighth in the Eastern Conference after hovering near the top of the East for the majority of the season.

One of the main reasons for their downward spiral has been their defense as they allow 3.12 goals per game on the road, which ranks 20th in the NHL. Columbus was already ranked 29th in the league in goals per game (2.51) and relied on defense and all-world goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to keep them close.

Washington still leads the Metropolitan Division despite being 4-6 SU in its last 10 games. The good news for the Capitals is they’ve dominated this divisional matchup and have won five straight vs Columbus, outscoring the Blue Jackets 17-8 in those games. But if you’re thinking of taking the Capitals puckline, tread carefully as the Capitals were favored in all five of those games and went 1-4 ATS.

The total opened at 5.5 and an UNDER should be heavily considered. The Blue Jackets’ scoring woes have been noted and the UNDER has hit in four of their last five games. On the flip side, the UNDER has hit in four of the Capitals’ last six games at home and the UNDER has hit in seven of the last eight games in this matchup.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

If you're going with the Washington Capitals in this one, they were listed as moneyline favorites of -145 on most NHL hockey betting menus (such as Bovada) early today for Friday's contest. The OVER/UNDER total was at 5.5 earlier at Bet365.

OddsShark prediction models pick the Capitals to win this game 3.3-2.3. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 27-22-4 this season, while the Capitals are 31-17-5. Columbus is 22-31 against the total, while Washington is 30-23 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Columbus injuries news.

The OddsShark NHL Power Rankings have the Capitals at No. 17 and the Blue Jackets at No. 18 heading into this contest.

Betting Trends
  • Columbus is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Columbus is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games
  • Columbus is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Washington is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Columbus home to New Jersey, Saturday, February 10
Washington home to Detroit, Sunday, February 11

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