Capitals Favored Over Blue Jackets
The Washington Capitals descend on the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, with the first puck drop at 7 p.m. ET. Both sides are coming off recent setbacks, but they couldn’t be headed in more different directions in the broader spectrum of the season.
As things currently stand, Washington is in the thick of the playoff race, while Columbus is headed to the drawing board. Therefore, the Capitals, not surprisingly, are the heavy road favorites at the expense of the bottom-feeding hosts.
Does the market have it right? Are the Caps the best bet for your NHL picks? Or is the smart money with the hosts?
Let’s check the latest NHL news, stats, injury reports, and NHL lines for Capitals vs Blue Jackets. We’ve got plenty of NHL picks for you to consider.
Can Capitals Get Back on Track?
The Capitals are fourth in the Metropolitan Division behind a 26-20-6 record and 59 points through 52 games. They are a point clear of the fifth-placed Pittsburgh Penguins and four points behind the third-placed New York Rangers.
Recent form has dipped to 4-6-0 in their last ten games. They’ve suffered losses in three of their last four road games, including Sunday’s embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road.
The loss to Toronto comes days after Washington edged Pittsburgh 3-2 in a shootout win to stay on pace in the playoff race, highlighting their issues with consistency as they oscillated between impressive and disappointing performances of late.
William Nylander scores against the Washington Capitals to make it 3-1
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— Toronto Maple Leafs Highlights (@TheBudsBot) January 30, 2023
Blue Jackets Look to Recover
The Blue Jackets prop up the Metropolitan Division behind a 15-32-3 record and 33 points. In fact, they prop up the Eastern Conference and the league in its entirety.
It’s safe to say this hasn’t been a memorable campaign for Columbus. Recent form is a woeful 3-6-1 in their last ten games and they’re coming off back-to-back losses.
The Blue Jackets lost to the Seattle Kraken 3-1 on Sunday, a couple of days after a 5-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, marking their third loss in a four-game road trip. The only bright spot for Columbus was a surprising 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
One of the biggest issues for the Blue Jackets is defense. They have the second-biggest goal differential at -66 (128 goals scored and 194 goals conceded).
Back at home on Tuesday @pedialyte | #CBJ pic.twitter.com/RVoFhtZYhF
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) January 29, 2023
Capitals vs Blue Jackets Game Injuries
Capitals vs Blue Jackets Head-to-Head
Washington leads Columbus 6-4-0 in their last 10 meetings, a run of form that includes winning three straight, including a 1-0 win over the Blue Jackets in the nation’s capital on Jan. 8.
The Blue Jackets are 4-5-1 during this same period, and the total is split 5-5-0 between the over and under. The last time Columbus beat Washington, they clinched a 5-4 road win on February 2022.
Capitals vs Blue Jackets Game Information
- Game: Capitals (26-20-6) vs Blue Jackets (15-32-3)
- Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan 31, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Capitals vs Blue Jackets Live Stream: NHL.TV
Capitals vs Blue Jackets Betting Lines
Capitals vs Blue Jackets Picks & Prediction
The Capitals have struggled on form recently but appear to have a get-right game against a divisional rival that can’t seem to buy a win no matter how hard it tries.
As per the NHL betting markets, Washington is listed at -210 in our NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Capitals, you have a chance to win $48. The Columbus Blue Jackets are +175, offering a chance to win $175 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Capitals a 67.74% chance to win, with the Blue Jackets at 36.36%.
Given the Blue Jackets’ offensive and defensive woes, the puck line offers the best value. The Capitals, tipped at -1½ (+125), are coming off a disappointing loss to the Maple Leafs and will be keen to flex their scoring muscles against the Blue Jackets. They should cover this line comfortably.