PREVIEW: Capitals visit Blue Jackets.

The Washington Capitals fly to Columbus to meet the Blue Jackets at Nation wide arena. The Capitals are 3-4-3 in their last 10 and 22-17-8 overall with 52 standings points. The Jackets are 7-3-0 in their last 10 and 22-20-4 overall with 48 standings points. The playoff race is on. The Blue jackets are in the outside looking in. The Jackets are only 3 points out from the 8th playoff spot which is currently held by the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are looking to get their third win against the Jackets tonight. They are 2-0-0 in the series out of 4. 

The Blue jackets have won a season high 4 straight games. They look at this game as one of the bigger games in the season. With 4 points pretty much on the line the Jackets look to propel themselves one point behind Washington. The Jackets know that this is the time to make their playoff push. They play the next 7 out of 9 games at home. They look to lean on strong goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky is 13-11-2 with a .915SV% and 2.58 GAA.

The Capitals are in a different boat completely. With a semi strong start to the season the Capitals are watching their playoff hopes slip away. They have scraped up 3 wins since December 27th. The Capitals have had goal tending problems through out the season. Switching from Grubauer, Holtby, and Neuvirth the Capitals haven’t had steady play from anyone in net. Philipp Grubauer will get the nod tonight against Columbus. He has a 6-2-5 record and has posted an impressive .936 SV% and 2.06 GAA.

TEAM STATS
GP RECORD HOME AWAY L10 G/G GA/G PP% PK% PIM/G S/G S/A FO%
47 22-17-8 14-8-4 8-9-4 3-3-4 2.81 2.87 24.7 80.8 13.0 30.5 34.1 49.7
46 22-20-4 11-9-2 11-11-2 7-3-0 2.74 2.83 17.8 79.5 11.7 27.9 30.8 51.0

(Via: NHL.com)

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