Washington Capitals vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 1/31/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-215) Blue Jackets (+185)
Nationwide Arena is where the Columbus Blue Jackets (15-32-3) will attempt to defeat the Washington Capitals (26-19-6) on Tuesday. The moneyline on this contest has the Capitals at -215 and the Blue Jackets are coming in at +185. The over/under has been set at 6.
The Washington Capitals were on the losing side of the ice with a 5-1 defeat against the Maple Leafs their last time on the ice. Washington earned 6 penalty mins for this game. The Capitals had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this loss. In addition, they had 4 chances on the power play and scored 1 goal. For the outing, they scored on 1 out of the 24 shots they put on goal.
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Washington Capitals opponents have tallied 137 power play opportunities (30th in hockey) and have tallied 25 goals in those chances. The Capitals have had 1,537 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .908. Washington has tried 1,630 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 9.8%. At even strength, the Capitals have given up 117 goals while having 128 when they are on offense. Washington is sitting with 156 power play chances and they have scored 32 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a rate of 20.51%. For the season, they sit with 58 points and their points percentage is sitting at .569. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the Washington Capitals have racked up 160 goals (13th in hockey) this season and have conceded 142.
The man in net for this game is Darcy Kuemper. Throughout his time in hockey, Kuemper has accounted for 177 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .562. His save percentage is at .918 in his 18,747 mins between the pipes. Kuemper has seen 9,447 shots against him and has gathered 8,669 total saves. Opponents have been able to score 778 goals against Kuemper in his pro career and his goals against average is 2.49. He has accumulated a mark of 158-108-40 and he has started in 315 games. Kuemper has been involved in 332 contests over the course of his NHL career.
In their last game, Columbus played the Kraken in a game where the Blue Jackets ended up taking the loss by a score of 3-1. The Blue Jackets netted 1 goal of the 25 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play chances in this one but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal.
The Blue Jackets have tallied 105 goals at even strength and 22 goals (32nd in the league) while having more men on the ice. Columbus has attempted 1,436 shots (28th in hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.84%, while allowing the opposition 1,753 shots. On the campaign, the Columbus Blue Jackets have 127 goals, 33 points, in addition to a points percentage of .330. They have allowed 193 goals to be scored by of a combination of 156 goals at even strength and 37 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have a tally of 133 power play chances and they have earned a power play percentage of 16.54%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 76.73% on their oppositions 159 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 89.0%.
On the other side of the ice you are likely to see Joonas Korpisalo in the crease. Korpisalo holds a lifetime record of 84-76-23 and has played in 204 contests. Korpisalo's quality start rate is 47.3% and he has qualified for 87 quality starting assignments in his pro career. He has compiled 5,292 saves out of the 5,865 shots taken against him, giving him a percentage of .902. His opposition is averaging 3.07 goals/game and he has relinquished 573 goals in total. He has started in 184 games and has accumulated 11,200 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington (-215)
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