Blue Jackets vs Capitals Prediction - NHL Picks 11/4/23

Washington Capitals (4-4-1) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (4-4-2)

Game Info: Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -146 / Columbus Blue Jackets +122 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will play the Washington Capitals on Saturday night at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. Columbus finally snapped their losing streak in their last game, while Washington has won three of their last four games. 

Blue Jackets Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 4-4-2 this season after they defeated Tampa Bay by a score of 4-2 in their last game. Columbus led 1-0 in the first period, but trailed 2-1 going into the third, before they scored three unanswered goals to win. The Blue Jackets were out shot by a total of 29-28 and went 0-4 on the power play in the game. Prior to this win, Columbus had lost four games in a row to the Stars, Islanders, Canadiens, and Ducks. The Columbus Blue Jackets are scoring 2.70 goals per game and they are allowing 3.20 goals against per game, while going 14.3% on the power play and 85.3% on the penalty kill. Ivan Provorov has led the Blue Jackets this year with eight assists and 10 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Columbus is Elvis Merzlikins, who is 3-2-2 this season with a 2.97 goals against average and a .902 save percentage. 

Capitals Preview 

The Washington Capitals are 4-4-1 this year after they lost to the New York Islanders by a score of 3-0 in their last game. Washington trailed 2-0 after the first period and they weren’t able to find the back of the net in the loss. The Capitals out shot New York by a total of 32-21 and went 0-3 on the power play. Washington did defeat San Jose, Minnesota, and New Jersey in the three games prior to that loss. The Washington Capitals are scoring 1.89 goals per game and they are allowing 3.22 goals against per game, while going 10.7% on the power play and 76.7% on the penalty kill. Alex Ovechkin has led the Capitals this year with two goals, six assists, and 40 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Washington is Charlie Lindgren, who is 0-1-0 this season with a 4.00 goals against average and a .886 save percentage. 

Washington Capitals Team Facts

  • The Capitals have lost each of their last three games as favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • The Capitals have failed to cover the puck line in each of their last seven games as home favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • The Capitals have lost the second period in seven of their last eight games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in eight of the Capitals' last 10 games following a home loss.

Columbus Blue Jackets Team Facts

  • The Blue Jackets have lost 15 of their last 18 night games following a win.
  • The Blue Jackets have covered the puck line in 10 of their last 11 games at Capital One Arena.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in 10 of the Blue Jackets' last 14 games as underdogs against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • The Blue Jackets have lost the second period in each of their last six games following a win.

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Alex Ovechkin has scored a goal in seven of his last eight appearances with the Capitals as home favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded at least one assist in each of the Capitals' last five games as favorites.
  • Max Pacioretty has recorded at least one point in each of his last seven home appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Alex Ovechkin has the equal-most multi-point games for the Capitals this season (2).

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Ivan Provorov has recorded an assist in six of the Blue Jackets' last seven games.
  • Damon Severson has recorded at least one point in seven of his last eight appearances at Capital One Arena.
  • Emil Bemstrom has the most Power Play Goals for the Blue Jackets this season (3).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Washington Capitals ranks T1st in the league in short handed goals allowed this season (0).
  • The Washington Capitals ranks 32nd in the league for opponent goals in Period 2 per game this season (1.67).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of only five teams to lose multiple games when leading by 2 or more goals after Period 1 this season.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets ranks T6th in the league for opponent goals in Period 1 per game this season (0.60).

Pick

Columbus was able to get a win in their last game but they have struggled recently, while Washington has won three of their last four games. The Capitals did get shutout in their last game and they are only scoring 1.89 goals per game, but they had scored 12 goals in the three games prior to their last loss. The Blue Jackets are scoring 2.70 goals per game and both teams have been solid defensively. Take the under here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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