Bet Capitals +110 over Blue Jackets in your NHL Picks

Ross Benjamin

Friday, January 17, 2014 1:31 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 1:31 PM GMT

The Blue Jackets host the Capitals on Friday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio with the opening faceoff slated for 7:05 PM ET. Let's go over our picks we've made after breaking down the NHL odds for this match-up.

Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

According to NHL betting odds Columbus is a -130 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. The Capitals have won the last 5 overall meetings between these two clubs, and have also won 6 of the last 7 played at Columbus.

Columbus Discovered Winning

Columbus enters tonight having won their last 4-games in a row. They haven’t taken the ice since a 3-2 home win over Tampa Bay on Monday. Columbus has gone 6-0 in their last 6 versus an opponent with a losing money line record on the year. The Jackets have also been a very profitable 13-3 in their last 16 home games, versus an opponent with a less than .400 road money line winning percentage. The Jackets enter tonight 6th in the Metropolitan Division, and 12th overall in the Eastern Conference. Columbus has gone under the total in just 4 of their last 16-games overall.

Capital Losses

The Washington Capitals enter tonight’s game having lost the last 3, 7 of the last 9, and 9 of their last 12. The Capitals come off a tough 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. The Capitals took the lead 3-2 with less than 12-minutes to play, only to see the Penguins counter with 2-goals to win the game. This is a worn Washington team that’s played 3 in the last 4, 4 in the last 6, and 6-games in the last 9-days. The Capitals have gone over the total set by online sportsbooks in just 6 of their 22-games, when playing their 4th game in the last 6-days. They’ve also dropped 4 in a row when playing their 3rd game in the last 4-days. At the time of this writing Washington was tied for 2nd with Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division, and is 5th overall in the Eastern Conference.

NHL Betting System

Before making our NHL picks let's look at the money line winning percentages for these two teams. Any team with a money line winning percentage of between .400 to .490, versus an opponent which has won 4 or more games in a row, and that opponent has a money line winning percentage of between .400 to .490, has gone 44-21 (67.7%) since the beginning of the 1996-1997 year.

Free Pick: Washington +110 over Columbus

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