Capitals vs Blue Jackets Prediction - NHL Picks 12/21/23

Columbus Blue Jackets (11-17-5) vs Washington Capitals (15-9-4)

Game Info: Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -102 / Washington Capitals -122 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at Nationwide Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Capitals vs Blue Jackets prediction.

Capitals Playing on Tired Legs

The Capitals faced off against the New York Islanders on Wednesday night and they are going to have tired legs heading into this game. The Capitals faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes two games ago and they were able to win a shootout. The defense gave up only one goal and that was enough for the victory. The Capitals on the season are averaging 2.39 goals while their defense is giving up 2.79 goals per game. The offense is ranked 30th while the defense is ranked 10th. In this game the defense is going to need to step up in a big way. Tom Wilson has scored 10 goals and added eight assists so far this season. 

Can the Blue Jackets Build on Last Game

The Blue Jackets haven’t found a whole lot of success this season but they looked impressive in the last game. The Blue Jackets scored nine goals against the Buffalo Sabres and they ended up winning by five goals. The Blue Jackets are averaging 3.18 goals while their defense is giving up 3.64 goals per game. The offense is ranked 15th in the league whale the defense is ranked 31st. The defense has been an issue but in this game it’s going to be important the offense find success. 

Capitals vs Blue Jackets Betting Prediction

The Blue Jackets offense sure was impressive in the last game, but we can’t really trust them to do it again here. The Blue Jackets defense is ranked 31st and they are going to really struggle to get the offense going here. The Capitals offense hasn’t been exactly elite either and they are going to really struggle here to get going. There will only be three or four goals scored and this game is going to stay under the total. 

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

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