Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals NHL Betting Analysis, Picks
The Columbus Blue Jackets will start the second half of their season with a trip to Washington to take on the Capitals in this Metropolitan Division matchup. Puck drop for this game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. eastern from the Capital One Arena.
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Betting Analysis For Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals
Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Stats & Analysis
Columbus ended their first half of the season with a loss to the Florida Panthers. There was quite a bit of scoring in this game, with the score at the end of the first period being 4-2 in favor of the Panthers.
Florida added three more in the second, while Columbus was only able to score two of their own, making the score 4-7 heading into the third. Florida added a single goal in the third to get the final score of 4-8 for the Panthers.
The one good thing the Blue Jackets have going for them is their injured reserve does not look devastating. While they do have a few guys who are pretty banged up, several of their players are set to make their returns in the coming weeks.
While several teams are riddled with COVID issues or season-ending injuries, the Blue Jackets only have one positive COVID case, as well as only one serious injury.
Boone Jenner has been the offensive leader for the Blue Jackets. He is currently leading the team in both goals and total points. With 18 goals as well as 12 assists, Jenner is the only player on the team to hit the 30 point mark.
The Blue Jackets find themselves right around league average at the halfway point in the season, averaging 3.04 goals per game.
Elvis Merzlikins has been the main goaltender for the Blue Jackets so far this season. He has a record of 14-12 and is giving up 3.39 goals per game. When Merzlikins is given a day off, Columbus turns things over to Joonas Korpisalo. With a 6-8 record, Korpisalo is giving up 3.82 goals per game.
Washington Capitals Betting Stats & Analysis
Washington was also on the losing side of their last game prior to the All-Star break. The Edmonton Oilers came to town and got things going right away, scoring three goals in the first period and taking a 3-1 lead into the locker room.
The Capitals were able to get one back in the second, making it 3-2 headed into the third. The Oilers were able to get started quickly as they scored the first two goals of the third before Washington added just one and went on to lose 3-5.
While the Capitals do not have a ton of players on their injury report, they do have some more major pieces. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek is currently listed as indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
Alexander Ovechkin is also listed as out indefinitely as he tested positive prior to the All-Star game. The one player who may return faster than the others is T.J. Oshie, who is listed to return in the next couple of weeks.
With Ovechkin out, currently leading the team with 58 points, the Capitals are going to have to turn to Evgeny Kuznetsov to be their offensive leader. Kuznetsov is currently in second on the team with 45 points, scoring 14 goals and assisting on 31 others.
John Carlson and Tom Wilson have each surpassed 30 points as well. The Capitals are averaging 3.11 goals per game, which puts them just outside of the top 10 in the NHL.
Ilya Samsonov will be the lead goaltender while Vanecek is recovering from an injury. Samsonov has a 14-5-3 record and is giving up just 2.88 goals per game.
Samsonov struggled to end the first half of the season, losing four of his last six starts. If Samsonov can get things turned back around, the Capitals, when healthy, are a top team in hockey.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals NHL Betting Trends
If a bettor had taken the Blue Jackets’ moneyline in their last ten games, the bettor would have won their bet four times. If the bettor had bet on the over for the total goals, the bettor would have won their bet five times.
If a bettor had bet on the Washington Capitals’ moneyline for their last ten games, the bettor would have won their bet five times. The Capitals have been a perfect split five and five on the over and under.
Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals NHL Betting Odds
MyBookie currently has the Washington Capitals as the moneyline favorite at -265. They have the Blue Jackets’ moneyline at +225.
Bovada has the Capitals as the moneyline favorite as well at -260. They’re odds are a little less for Columbus at +215.
BetNow also has the Capitals at -260. They have in-between odds for the Blue Jackets at +220.
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If a bettor were going to place a bet on the Washington Capitals’ moneyline for $100, they would have odds of either -265 or -260. If the bettor took the bet at -265 and the Capitals were to win, the bettor would receive a payout of $137.73. If the bettor took the bet with -260 odds, the bettor would receive a payout of $138.46 with a Capitals win.
The real money can be won with a bet on the Blue Jackets for bettors, with odds between +215 and +225. If the bettor were to place a $100 wager at +215 for Columbus to win, the bettor would receive a payout of $315 if Columbus were to win. If the bettor took the bet at +225, they would receive a payout of $325 if the Blue Jackets were to win.
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Tale of two tapes in terms of playing at home and playing on the road for these two teams. The Blue Jackets have struggled on the road with an 8-12- record for road games. The Capitals have been solid at home with a 12-8–4-1 record.
With the injuries affecting the present for the Blue Jackets, and their struggles to end the first half of the season, when making your NHL picks, take the Washington Capitals moneyline.
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