Washington vs Columbus: prediction for the NHL fixture
Washington are only one point behind Florida in the Eastern Conference standings. Recently, the Capitals played against the Panthers, and were close to recording a win in regulation, but they allowed the opponent to make a comeback. After that, Washington lost to Chicago in a shootout (3:4 SO).
The Capitals have looked solid throughout the season and they score 3 or more goals in almost every game. Also, Peter Laviolette's men lost only 1 home game out of 12 in regulation.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus don't have a very strong line-up, but they keep fighting for points in every single match. The Blue Jackets recently were on a three-game winning streak, but they lost the last 3 fixtures to St. Louis (3:6), Nashville (0:6), and Dallas (2:3).
Columbus definitely are more successful at home, where they've earned most of their points, and on their travels they recorded just one victory in regulation time.
In 2 out of 3 games, Columbus conceded more than 3 goals.
In Washington's last 5 games, more than 1 goal was scored in the second period.
Washington suffered 2 defeats in a row, and today they will be looking to bounce back. Columbus are going through a rough patch and are on a losing streak, having conceded 15 goals in the last 3 games. We think that Washington will be able to eke a win here.
Our prediction - Washington to win
We predict at least 6 goals in this game. Washington don't play defensively, and are constantly taking their chances in attack, while regularly making mistakes in their own zone.
Second bet - total over 5.5 goals