The NHL is back on Thursday evening as the Columbus Blue Jackets will head to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. to face with the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. The Capitals have been the better head to head team as they won three of the four regular-season games between these teams this season.
Columbus Blue Jackets Form
The Blue Jackets were enjoying a good form during the regular season as they have gone on a 12-1 winning streak towards the final parts of the season.However, they ended the season with losing 3 of the last 4 games. Columbus reached the playoffs for the 4th time in their history. Yet their playoff form in the last two seasons was not impressive as they were knocked out in the first round. The Blue Jackets away form is 19-22 and they have an average score of 3.00 goals per game while also letting 3.15 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Blue Jackets have been in a below average form as they are ranked on the 17th spot in the league with a scoring record at 2.88 goals per game, converting on 17.2% of their chances. Their defensive record has been solid, as they come are placed on the 9th spot in goals allowed, letting 2.76 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 23.8% of their chances.
Washington Capitals Form
The Washington Capitals have finished the regular part of the season on a high as they won the Metro Division again. This will be their 4th playoff in a row. Their form during the previous postseason was not on the required level as they were eliminated in the 2 round. Their form in the final phase of the regular season was impressive as they have won 12 of their last 15 games. The Capitals home form this year stands at 28-13 and they have averaged 3.32 goals per game and have conceded an average of 2.51 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive part of the game, The Caps head into this game ranked 9th in the league in scoring at 3.12 goals per game, converting on 22.5% of their chances. At the defensive side of the game, the Capitals have a below average score as they come in ranked 16th in goals allowed, letting in a 2.90 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 19.7 % of their chances.
The Blue Jackets had a good form for the most part of the regular season. However, they have dropped in form as they lost three of their last four games. They have a good team with great individuals, but they have a poor away form this season. On the other side, Washington home form stands at 28-13. Also, combined with the fact that they have won 12 of their last 15 games makes the Capitals big favourites to win this game. Go for the Caps to win this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals today on 4/12/2018 is: Take the Washington Capitals -138 (money line bet)
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