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Moneyline favors Blue Jackets in battle with Capitals

Washington Capitals

Columbus Blue Jackets
22-17-8 January 17, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 22-20-4

The Blue Jackets get a visit from the Washington Capitals in hockey action on Friday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The Blue Jackets currently sport a record of 22-20-4. The Capitals are 22-17-8. Betting totals have seen the Blue Jackets post a 23-19-4 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Capitals have gone 22-25 against the number.

View Washington Capitals vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Blue Jackets in this one found them earlier as -131 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

This game matches up the No. 19 (Blue Jackets) and the No. 12 (Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Penguins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Penguins at -210 were rewarded, while the 7 combined goals moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

The Blue Jackets were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Lightning. That made winners of bettors who got Columbus at -125 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus's No. 14-ranked offense (2.8 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 21 at 3 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 17.76% rate while the Capitals have a 80.84% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Capitals at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Washington is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 7 games on the road
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Columbus
Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Columbus's last 16 games
Columbus is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Columbus is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at New York, Sunday, January 19th
Columbus at Buffalo, Saturday, January 18th