Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Prediction
The third straight overtime game of the series resulted in the first victory by the Washington Capitals two nights ago as they topped the host Columbus Blue Jackets? Can Washington secure another win tonight and move the series to 2-2?
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Nationwide Arena at 7:30PM ET
Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Blue Jackets are a -115 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Capitals are a -105 dog, while the total is set at 5.5 goals. As of Thursday morning, 57 percent of public bets have come in on visiting Washington. Check out our NHL Public Betting Page for the latest informaiton.
Carlson racking up points
Washington defenseman John Carlson nearly won Game 3 way earlier than the Caps eventually did by a 3-2 score in double overtime as is screaming slap shot found post and no net after he beat Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. It was somewhat surprising he didn't record the goal as he's had such a strong series on both ends of the ice. Carlson assisted on six of the seven Capitals goals over the first two games, while he then added a goal and nearly had another in Game 3. Carlson is an exciting two-way talent who finished the regular season with 15 goals and 58 assists. Despite the solid numbers, it is clearly Carlson continues to get better.
Ovechkin proclamation comes closer
Following two straight overtime losses at home, Washington star Alexander Ovechkin caused some headlines when he stated the Capitals would return to D.C. with the series all knotted up at 2-2. Washington barely survived Game 3 in double overtime, but now are in a much better position to win the series and would continue to shut up critics and reminders of its playoff failures with another road win. If anyone has any leeway to be confident, it's one of the NHL's all-time great goal scorers who wants to prove he can lead a team to playoff glory.
NHL Betting Trends
The Capitals are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. Washington is 6-0 in its last six road games.
The over is 9-3-1 in the last 13 meetings in Columbus. The Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last four games played on one day of rest.
I'm not sure if Washington should be trusted here. Bettors might have been wooed by what it did in Game 3 and Ovechkin had his own guarantee, but the fact of the matter is it was the narrowest of wins. Columbus' fans will be rocking again and we haven't set seen the game where Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is impossible to beat. Could it be here? I'm going to take my chances on the home team.
NHL DAILY PREDICTION: COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS -115