NHL Hockey Betting: Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals

NHL Hockey Betting:  Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals will take another shot at clinching the Presidents’ Trophy tonight at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Washington ran into a buzzsaw last time out and were shut out 4-0 by the red hot St. Louis Blues. They should find the going much easier against a Columbus team that is bumbling toward the finish line. The Jackets last played on Saturday night losing 5-1 to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Jackets are 3-7-0 in their last ten games while the Caps are 6-3-1 in their last ten.

Washington forward T.J. Oshie has been suffering from the flu and is listed as ‘questionable’ for tonight’s game though every indication is that he’ll play. He’s the only name on the injury list for the Capitals who appear to be completely healthy as the playoffs approach. Both teams will be sending their starting goalies tonight as Sergei Bobrovsky goes for Columbus and Braden Holtby gets the start for Washington. Bobrovsky has been erratic since getting off the IR list but Holtby has been a monster all season long. He could be your next Vezina Trophy winner and has the statline that deserves it: 45-9-4, 2.21 goals against average, 0.922 save percentage, 3 shutouts. Of course the most compelling argument might just be the 111 points the Capitals have compiled this season, sixteen more than their closest Eastern Conference competitor and twelve more than the best teams in the Western Conference.

This game would likely be a mismatch in any situation but the Jackets have the bad fortune of catching the Capitals off an embarrassing loss. Washington is 10-4 after allowing 4 or more goals, 8-1 after a loss by 2 or more in their previous game and 7-1 after scoring one goal or less in their previous game. They’ve eviscerated losing teams all season long with a record of 28-8 overall and 12-3 in the second half of the season. Columbus, meanwhile, hasn’t been able to do much when stepping up in class–they’re 12-23 against opponents over .500 for the season including 2-9 in the second half.

Washington has won 4 of the last 5 meetings at home and given the consistency of the Caps this season there’s no reason to think they won’t get it done here.