Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals 3/21/23 - NHL Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/20/2023 at 7:53 PM ET

Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals 3/21/23 - NHL Picks & Predictions

The Columbus Blue Jackets skate into DC to take on the Capitals of Washington. The Capitals have a record of 33-31-7, while the Blue Jackets sit at only 21-41-7. The Capitals have won all three match-ups this season against the Blue Jackets, but they needed overtime last time out to get past Columbus 4-3.

The Washington Capitals have dropped 3 out of their last 4 games, and now sit 25 points back of first place Carolina. Last time out the Caps lost to the Minnesota Wild 5-3. Alex Ovechkin netted a goal and had two assists in that loss. The Washington defense has been stellar this season, and have the 4th best Penalty Kill % in the league.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost 3-straight, and now 7 out of their last 8 skates. The Jackets have given up 14 goals in the past two games. They lost last time out to the Golden Knights by a score of 7-2. The Jackets have won of the worst defenses in the league, ranking 30th in shots per game and 31st in goals per game.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have had a rough season, and it hasn't gotten any better as of late. They are just 1-6 in their last 7 games after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game. The Blue Jackets are also just 8-21-5 on the road, and the Capitals are 16-14-3-1 on their home ice this season. The Caps get the win at home and inch closer in the Metropolitan Division Standings. Final Score Prediction, the Washington Capitals win on the puck line, 5-2.

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