Columbus vs Washington
Over the totals is what I like here. Columbus Blue Jackets will host offensively red hot Washington Capitals. I said red hot cause the Caps have averaged even four scored goals in last four games. Alex Ovechkin excellent as always. Recently when I have had bet on Washington I mentioned he leads NHL with 30 goals scored. Now he is already at 32. This is his 13th straight season to go 30+. But he is not just a goal maschine, he has also 24 assist, so 56 pts in total. Obviously his contribution to overs in the Caps' games is huge. But not just his. I would say also Caps' defense contribute to those overs lately cause they have allowed even eleven goals in last two games and no matter of good offense, they are coming to this game after two straight defeats.
We will see how all that will look tonight with Braden Holtby on Washington goal. He was on goal in one of those above mentioned two straight defeats. It was in Pittsburgh when the Penguins have won 7:4. Six of those seven have been with Holtby on the net.
Sergei Bobrovsky probably will start for Blue Jackets.
Columbus by the way, not too good in average goals scored per game. What more, if we don't count the last four placed in the conference, exactly Columbus is the worst by average goals scored although they are on 7th position on East. But I'm not worried, they should find their offense against Washington.
It's interesting that Washington ranks bottom of NHL in shoots per game. But they uses it's chances. They scores enough, especially as of late. They are always great on power plays. So, you can wonder how come these high initial odds on over 5.5. Well it could be due to mentioned not great Columbus offense. But I repeat, IMO this could change here cause as much Caps can be great in offense and on PP, they are not good penalty killers. Even for four goals allowed against PP for Washington in last two games.
Columbus vs Washington prediction
|Over 5.5||Pinnacle||2.04||8||2-3 LOST (-8 units)|