It’s a battle of Metropolitan Division teams on the ice in the nation’s capital. The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the road as they travel to face the Washington Capitals Monday night. Columbus was beaten 4-1 on the road by Florida in their last game Saturday night. Washington came up with a 3-2 road win over Anaheim in their last contest Friday night. The teams have split the last 10 meetings though the Blue Jackets have won three of the last four. That includes a 3-0 home win in the most recent matchup on February 12, 2019.
Columbus Blue Jackets Hoping to Stop SlideColumbus was shut down by Florida on the road to suffer their fourth straight loss. The Blue Jackets enter this game seventh in the Metropolitan Division, 13 points behind Philadelphia for the guaranteed playoff spot and 23 behind the Capitals for the division lead. Columbus is 30th in scoring as they average 2.45 goals per game this season. The Blue Jackets are 19th in goals against as they allow 3.10 goals per contest this year. Columbus is tied for 13th on the power play as they convert 19.1 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Blue Jackets have struggled in shorthanded situations as they are tied for 18th in penalty killing by getting through 79.3 percent of those situations this year.
In their last game, the Blue Jackets’ inability to light the lamp proved to be their undoing once again as they fell to the Panthers. Columbus outshot Florida 10-3 in the opening period but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The second period saw the Blue Jackets outshot 15-14 and outscored 1-0 to trail 2-0 after 40 minutes of action. In the final period, Columbus held a 10-9 edge in shots but was outscored 2-1 to ensure their defeat. After falling behind 3-0, Vladislav Gavrikov scored his second of the year at 10:34 off assists from Alexandre Texier and Josh Anderson to get Columbus on the board. That was as close as the Blue Jackets would get as they would give up an empty-netter to close the scoring. Elvis Merzlikins made 23 saves in the loss for the Blue Jackets, who held a 30-27 edge in shots on goal. Joonas Korpisalo likely gets the call between the pipes here.
Washington Capitals Seek to Keep RollingWashington earned their sixth straight win by prevailing in a hard-hitting contest with the Ducks on the road Friday night. The Capitals look for a seventh straight win as they entered Sunday with a nine-point lead on the Islanders in the Metropolitan Division race. Washington is third in the league in scoring with 3.61 goals per game this season. The Capitals are 11th in the league in goals against as they allow 2.77 goals per game on the year. Washington is 5th in the league with the man advantage as they cash in 24.5 percent of their power play chances this season. The Capitals are 10th in penalty killing as they successfully work through 84 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.
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In their last game, Washington sustained a physical clash with the Ducks to come up with the two points. The Capitals were outshot 14-12 in the opening period but took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room. Travis Boyd scored his second of the season at the 9:00 mark off assists from Carl Hagelin and Dmitry Orlov to open the scoring. In the second period, Washington owned a 15-8 edge in shots with both teams scoring once to leave it 2-1 in favor of the Capitals after 40 minutes. Evgeny Kuznetsov gave Washington a 2-0 lead with his 12th of the year, on the power play, at 5:10 off assists from John Carlson and Jakub Vrana. The Capitals gave up a goal later in the period to halve their lead. In the final period, Washington held a 9-7 edge in shots with both teams scoring once, helping them maintain their one-goal edge. After giving up the tying goal 45 seconds into the third period, Vrana scored his 15th of the year, unassisted, at the 1:37 mark to give the Capitals the lead. Braden Holtby, who made 27 saves, made it stand up the rest of the way. Washington held a 36-29 edge in shots on goal in the contest.
The top trends for this game according to Oddsshark.com:
- Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last six overall
- Blue Jackets are 0-5 in their last five on the road
- Capitals are 6-0 in their last six overall