Columbus Blue Jackets (20-35-6) vs. Ottawa Senators (31-26-4)
March 4, 2023 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Ottawa Senators -244 / Columbus Blue Jackets +195; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 16.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 19 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 39 assists and Patrik Laine has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 77 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 82 goals on 926 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 97 goals on 801 shots.
The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tim Stutzle leads Ottawa with 29 goals, Brady Tkachuk has 39 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 199 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Anton Forsberg has allowed 80 goals on 817 shots faced, and Cam Talbot has given up 81 goals on 853 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 23-56 in their last 79 road games and 25-55 in their last 80 overall. The Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The under is 6-2 in Blue Jackets last 8 overall. The over is 4-0 in Senators last 4 overall. The favorite is 11-4 in the last 15 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been fade material pretty much all season, especially on the road, where their defense gets rocked. The Ottawa Senators are coming off possibly thier best week of the season, and they need to take advantage of games like this to keep chipping away in the standings. Give me the Senators and the PL to shave down the price.