Columbus Blue Jackets vs Ottawa Senators Prediction, Pick and Preview, March 16 (3/16): NHL

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Ottawa Senators Prediction, Pick and Preview, March 16 (3/16): NHL

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Odds
Time 7:30 p.m. EST
Blue Jackets money line +120
Blue Jackets spread +1.5 (-210)
Senators money line -140
Senators spread -1.5 (+175)
Over / under 6

 

2021-2022 season stats
  Columbus Blue Jackets Ottawa Senators
Record 30-27-3 21-33-5
Road / home record 13-15 11-18-2
Streak W2 L2
Goals per game 3.25 2.64
Goals allowed per game 3.67 3.27
Shots per game 29.8 30.1
Shots allowed per game 35.6 33.4
PP % 18.3% 18.3%
PK % 20.81% 20.22%
Over / under record 38-17-5 23-35-1

 

Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets hit the road and will visit the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday. These teams already met once earlier this season and the Senators got the win on the road 2-1.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

The Blue Jackets have won their last 2 games and are 13-15 on the road. Columbus a 30-27-3 record overall ranking 5th in the Metropolitan division. They beat the Golden Knights 6-4 last Sunday. Cole Sillinger, the youngest player in the NHL, got his first hat trick. Bjorkstrand had a goal of his own, and Patrik Laine tied the team lead with his 23rd of the season for the Blue Jackets.

Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets with 45 points, scoring 21 goals and adding 24 assists. Patrik Laine has five goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.

In their last 10 games the Blue Jackets are 4-6, averaging 3.1 goals, five assists, 4.4 penalties and 11 penalty minutes while giving up 3.8 goals per game with an .898 save percentage.

OTTAWA SENATORS

The Senators have lost their last 2 games and are 11-20 at home this season with a 21-33-5 record overall ranking 7th in the Atlantic division. They are 12-17-4 in Eastern Conference games. Ottawa averages 4.2 penalties per game, the most in the Eastern Conference. Brady Tkachuk leads the team with 34 total penalties.

Artem Zub leads the Senators with a plus-four in 59 games this season. Josh Norris has six goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Ottawa.

In their last 10 games the Senators are 3-7, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.6 assists, 4.7 penalties and 14.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.7 goals per game with an .883 save percentage.

BETTING TRENDS

Columbus are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus' last 7 games.

Ottawa are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games at home.

Prediction

Both teams have struggled defensively but the Blue Jackets have the better offense. In their last game against the Senators, Columbus scored only one goal but they have scored an average of 3.1 gpg in their last 10 games. The Senators haven't been profitable at home lately, losing 4 of their last 5 games in Ottawa. Take the Blue Jackets.

PICK: Blue Jackets ML (+120)

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