Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets 12/18/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 12/17/2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Nationwide Arena in Columbus
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The Washington Capitals will head out on the road and take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. The Capitals are third in their division with a 14-10-6 record, for 34 points. Washington has gone 8-5-2 on the road this season.
Columbus is looking to win their 8th straight game. The Blue Jackets have the longest active winning streak alive, and have moved to 13-15-2 on the season.
Columbus downed the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday in a shootout and then backed that up with another shoot-out win Tuesday over Detroit. In the winning streak, the Blue Jackets have allowed just 12 goals in 7 games. The Blue Jackets rank fifth on the power play, scoring on more than 23% of their opportunities. The top scorer for Columbus is Nick Foligno with 14 goals and 13 assists.
Washington has the top power play unit, scoring on 26.5% of their chances. The Capitals are scoring 2.9 goals per game and allowing 2.7 per game. Washington’s top scorer has been Nicklas Backstrom with 22 assists and 8 goals. Washington is coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. The Capitals goaltender Brandon Holtby has a goals against average of 2.38.
Washington Capitals Betting Trends
Washington Capitals are 14-16-0 Against the Spread
Washington Capitals are 14-14-0 against the Over/Under
Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Trends
Columbus Blue Jackets are 13-17-0 Against the Spread
Columbus Blue Jackets are 14-14-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
10/24/14 D John Erskine Neck out 3-6 months
10/08/14 D Dmitry Orlov Wrist out indefinitely
10/06/14 LW Aaron Volpatti Neck out indefinitely
Columbus Blue Jackets
12/13/14 LW Scott Hartnell Rest expected to miss 2 weeks
12/02/14 C Mark Letestu Groin expected to miss 6 weeks
12/01/14 C Artem Anisimov Tricep expected to miss 2-3 months
11/06/14 D Ryan Murray Knee out indefinitely
10/05/14 RW Nathan Horton Back out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Columbus
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