Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals - 2/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals - 2/8/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke - USA Today Sports

Washington Capitals (25-13-9) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (20-22-1)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -300 / Columbus Blue Jackets +220 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Capitals host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Tuesday Night NHL action.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 20-22-1. Through 43 games the Blue Jackets are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, the Blue Jackets have found the net 136 times, good for a rank of 15th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 27th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.67 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 17th in the league. When diving into Columbus’ opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 24th ranked team in the NHL.

The Washington Capitals get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 25-13-9. This mark places the Caps 4th in the Metropolitan division. Through 47 games, the Capitals have scored 152 goals, giving them an average of 3.19. This output gives Washington a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, the Capitals are the 14th ranked unit, giving up 2.72 goals per contest. So far, Washington have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league.

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Through 43 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner with 30 points. Jenner has reached his mark of 18 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.4%. So far, 33.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Oliver Bjorkstrand who has 16 assists to go along with his 12 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -25 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins who is giving up an average of 3.39 goals per game.

In Washington's 47 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 23-22. On the season, the Washington Capitals have a per-game scoring differential of

0.47. Even when playing on the road, Washington is winning games by an average margin of 0.73 goals. Over the Capitals past five games, scored 13 goals, accounting for 50.0% of the scoring. In 5 on 5 situations, the Washington Capitals have a shooting percentage of 8.5%, placing them above the league average. Their shooting efficiency is a key reason for their offensive success as they are also generating 5 on 5 scoring chances at an above-average rate. Look for the Capitals to pick up the win and to cover the spread.

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Joe’s Pick Washington Capitals -1.5

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