Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Pick
The Columbus Blue Jackets are a big home underdog against the Washington Capitals tonight. Can they pull off the upset?
Columbus is 17-25-4 on the season, 8-9-4 at home and 22-21 with the under. Washington is 34-8-3 overall, 16-5-2 on the road and 20-17 with the under. Columbus has won five of its last eight meetings with Washington. These two have split two meetings this year and they have hit the over in eight of their last 10 encounters.
According to oddsmakers at RealBets, the Capitals are heavily favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -155 to win, while the Blue Jackets are getting a money line of +140 to win. The over/under total for the game has been set at 5.5 goals.
Columbus beat Washington on Jan. 2 in a shootout. They've won two straight games in a row and while that's not exactly as impressive as going 34-8-3, this is a dangerous game for the Caps. Washington is also dealing with a situation in net where Braden Holtby left their last game due to hydration and was replaced by backup Phillipp Grubauer, who might get the start tonight.
TUESDAY’S NHL FREE PICK: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS +140