Ian Cameron Capping
NHL: 10* Columbus Over 5.5 +105 (23)
Columbus and Washington are on combined 11-0 Over the total streaks entering this game. 7-0 in Columbus L7 games. 4-0 in Washington's L4 games. The Blue Jackets have scored 3+ goals in 15 of their last 18 games and for Washington it has been 3 or more goals scored in 8 of their last 9 games. Philipp Grubauer a first time starting goalie in the Stanley Cup Playoffs will get a second straight start in Game 2 despite the 4-3 loss in Game 1. We saw Keith Kinkaid of New Jersey who is also getting his first taste of the playoffs as a starting goalie have some rough times in Game 2 after a Game 1 loss in that series against Tampa Bay and I think a similar script could be in the cards for Grubauer and the Capitals tonight. Washington has scored at least 3 goals in every home game this season against Columbus regular season and playoffs combined and I think they will be aggressive tonight trying to avoid a 2-0 series deficit before the scene shifts to Columbus for Game 3. The Over is 4-1 in the 5 meetings between the Capitals and Blue Jackets this season including 3-0 to the Over in all three games played here in the nation's capital. Expect more of the same in Game 2 tonight.
I also came back with Columbus +130 (23) for a half unit in this game tonight but not as strong as in Game 1 when I made them an official 10* 1 unit play.