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Blue Jackets Looking To Extend Historic Winning Streak

It’s 2017 and the Columbus Blue Jackets are the best team in the NHL. Let that sink in for a minute. The Blue Jackets have won their past 16 games and will go for the record-tying 17th when they visit the Washington Capitals on Thursday. During the Jackets’ absurd winning streak, they have averaged four goals per game while holding opponents to 1.7.

Shark Bites
  • The favored team is 13-5 SU in the last 18 games between the Blue Jackets and Capitals.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the Capitals' last 6 games at home.
  • The Blue Jackets are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games on the road against the Capitals.

Aside from a league-best defense, Columbus has been rolling thanks to its dominant power play. The Jackets have converted on an NHL-leading 28.3 percent of their power-play chances, which includes scoring 13 power-play goals in the past 11 games. Cam Atkinson has been a revelation on special teams, as the diminutive winger has eight power-play markers on the year.

The Capitals are entering the game hot as well, as Washington has won three straight while killing 18 of 20 penalties in that span. Alex Ovechkin has historically struggled against the Jackets, as the prolific goal scorer has 17 points in 23 games with a -9 rating.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Columbus Blue Jackets were listed as 113 underdogs on the NHL hockey moneyline earlier at Bet365. The over under total was set at 5 before betting started earlier on Thursday at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2.9-2.5 win for the Blue Jackets. 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 Thursday, as they are 27-5-4 this season, while the Capitals are 23-9-5. Columbus is 13-20-3 against the total, while Washington is 15-15-7 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Columbus injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Washington Capitals and the No. 1-ranked Columbus Blue Jackets, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Washington's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 2.84 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.06 goals allowed. The Capitals power play is averaging 17.39% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 81.73% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Columbus was a 3-1 winner in its last match at home against the Oilers. They won as favorites, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Washington was a 6-5 winner in its last match at home against the Maple Leafs. They won as favorites, while the total score of 11 made winners of OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Columbus is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Columbus is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games
  • Columbus is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Washington is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Columbus home to New York, Saturday, January 7th
Washington at Ottawa, Saturday, January 7th