The NHL Playoff is back in action on Monday evening as the Washington Capitals will clash with the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio in game six of their best-of-seven series. The Capitals were able to win the fifth game by a score of 4-3 in overtime which put them in a 3-2 series lead.
Washington Capitals Form
The Washington Capitals had a bad start to the series as they lost both home games. However, they were able to bounce back by winning the next 3 games and are one win away from advancing to the next round. If they win this game, the Caps will face the better from the Philadelphia/ Pittsburgh series. However, their away form has not been great during the regular part of the season as their record is 23-20. The Caps have averaged 2.95 goals per game and have allowed 3.21 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of their game, The Capitals have been good in the postseason they are placed 4th in scoring at 3.60 goals per game, converting on 33.3% of their chances. Their defensive form in the postseason has been a bit below average so far as they are placed on the 9th spot in goals allowed, letting in an average of 3.00 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 20.0 % of their chances. They head into this game as they beat the Blue Jackets in overtime which will give them a great momentum and moral boost
Columbus Blue Jackets Form
The Columbus Blue Jackets enjoyed a great start of the series as they won the first two games in Washington. The expectation was that they will be able to build on that at their home ground. Yet, the Blue Jackets have lost their momentum as they lost both games at home and the third one with a top score of 4-3 in overtime. Columbus offence has been struggling lately as they have scored just six total goals in their last three games. The Blue Jackets home form for the year is 26-17 so far and they have averaged 2.70 goals per game and have allowed 2.42 goals per game in those games.
During the playoffs, the Blue Jackets form is below average as they are placed on the 9th spot in the league in scoring at 3.00 goals per game, converting on 20.0% of their chances. At the defensive part of their game, they are placed on the 12th spot in goals allowed, conceding in an average of 3.60 goals per game, letting the opposing teams to convert on 33.3% of their chances.
The Capitals are in a great form after the poor start of the series. However, I feel that the Blue Jackets will fight hard to avoid elimination. However, the Capitals have the momentum in these series as they have won three games in a row against the Blue Jackets. I expect a very hard game, in which the Capitals will come on top.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Columbus Blue Jackets vs Washington Capitals today on 4/23/2018 is: Take the Washington Capitals -119 (money line bet)
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