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Hockey odds preview - Washington vs. Columbus

Washington CapitalsColumbus Blue Jackets
Dec 31, 7:00 PM | Nationwide Arena

Washington Capitals vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds

19-15-2TEAM RECORD10-22-5

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Washington Capitals invade Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

The Blue Jackets currently sports a record of 10-22-5. The Capitals are 19-15-2. Betting totals have seen the Blue Jackets post a 17-19-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Capitals have gone 20-16 against the number.

View Washington vs Columbus Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Blue Jackets were listed as +120 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Blue Jackets, most recently No. 27 in the Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Capitals, who rate a No. 12 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Columbus' No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 2.5 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 23 at 3 goals allowed. The Blue Jackets power play is averaging 14.8% while the Capitals defense kills off 82.2% of their penalties.

The Capitals were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Sabres. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -152 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

In their last action, Columbus was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Stars. Bettors on Columbus at +135 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Washington Capitals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Calgary are 3-7
After playing Buffalo are 8-2
After a win are 3-7

Columbus Blue Jackets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing San Jose are 6-4
After playing Dallas are 2-8
After a win are 1-9

A few Capitals at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games
Washington8-3-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing Columbus
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Columbus' last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus' last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
Columbus is 3-8-1 SU in its last 12 games ,when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington home to Calgary, Tuesday, January 3
Columbus at San Jose, Thursday, January 5