Columbus Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 1/8/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jackets (+220) Capitals (-275)
Capital One Arena is where the Washington Capitals (22-14-6) will try to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets (11-24-2) on Sunday. The line on this matchup has the Blue Jackets at +220 and the Capitals are at -275. The over/under is set at 7.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were on the losing side of the ice with a 6-2 defeat against the Capitals in their previous contest . Columbus accumulated 6 penalty mins in this matchup. The Blue Jackets left a lot to be desired in terms of their offense in the defeat. In addition, they had 1 power play attempt but weren't able to score. In the game, they tallied a score on 2 out of the 27 shots they launched.
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When playing at even strength, the Blue Jackets let the opposition score 119 goals while scoring 81 of their own. Columbus Blue Jackets opponents have amassed 120 power play opportunities (20th in professional hockey) and have a total of 28 goals in those attempts. When discussing their scoring, the Columbus Blue Jackets have earned 96 goals (30th in pro hockey) this season and have conceded 147. Columbus has taken 1,078 shots and holds a shot percentage of 8.9%. For the year, they sit with 24 points and their points percentage is sitting at .324. The Blue Jackets so far have had 1,308 shots tried against them and are the owners of a save percentage of .888. Columbus comes into tonight with 99 power play chances and they have tallied 15 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 15.15%.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Joonas Korpisalo. Korpisalo has been in net for 198 contests during his NHL career. He has compiled a win-loss mark of 81-74-22 and he was named the starter in 178 games. The opposition has scored 550 goals against Korpisalo in his professional career and his goals against average is 3.05. Korpisalo has had 5,638 shots taken against him and he has 5,088 saves. His save percentage currently is .902 during his 10,830 minutes on the ice. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Korpisalo has accounted for 85 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .478.
In their last contest, Washington opposed the Predators in a game where the Capitals ended up taking the loss by a mark of 3-2. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this contest but weren't able to score a goal. The Capitals scored 2 goals of the 32 shots on goal they were seeking.
The Capitals have accumulated 109 goals at even strength and 30 goals (12th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. Washington has taken 1,332 shots (7th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 10.44%, while allowing the opposition 1,270 shots. For the year, the Washington Capitals have notched a total of 139 goals, 50 points, as well as a points percentage of .595. They have allowed 116 goals to be scored by of a combination of 94 goals at even strength and 22 goals while they were shorthanded. They have recorded 134 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play rate of 22.39%. They have a penalty kill percentage of 81.36% on the other teams 118 power play tries, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.9%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Darcy Kuemper protecting the net. He is sitting with 8,453 stops out of 9,212 shots attempted, giving him a save % of .918. Kuemper is sitting with a career mark of 154-104-40 and has been in goal for 324 games. He has started in 307 games and has been on the ice for 18,291 minutes. Kuemper's quality start percentage is 57.0% and he has accumulated 175 quality starting assignments in his professional career. His opponents are averaging 2.49 goals/game and he has yielded 759 goals altogether.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Columbus (+220)
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