The Ottawa Senators play their first game on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets after six games on home ice. They split their previous six games, despite losing the last two home games against Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens. This run of back-to-back losses has left them in a precarious position with the playoffs around the corner.
Another team languishing in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference is the Columbus Blue Jackets. They were victorious last time out against the Nashville Predators after losing eight-games straight. It seems like a long time ago when the Blue Jackets looked destined to mount a challenge in the Metropolitan Division when they won 13 of 16 games in the leagues. Fast-forward to now, the record of (30-19-14) leaves them in 6th place.
Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets Predictions
With both NHL teams looking very likely to miss out on the postseason this year, the only solace on the cards is to establish a good foundation for the next season. It would take an amazing run from both teams to avoid this fate, and looking at the stats, they paint a somber picture. Here are some of the key factors in the game that shaped our NHL picks for tonight:
The Ottawa Senators are a team without an offense by any stretch of the imagination. They fell 3 – 0 to the Canadiens in their previous game and only managed a single goal against the Jets. On top of that, the failure to score in a game meant that they now had four games where they were shut out this season.
In games where they were able to get the win, it has been goalie Craig Anderson who has played a pivotal role. In the previous match, he faced 37 shots and only allowed three in.
The Columbus Blue Jackets breathed a sigh of relief in their last game. It took overtime and a shootout to separate the two sides but they will take the win. Part of their struggles has been playing without star player Joonas Korpisalo. He returns to the team in time to play against Ottawa.
Columbus is ranked 27th in the league in scoring and this contributed towards the miserable run. It will take a considerable effort to win the game against a team trying to avoid their third defeat in a row.
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It comes down to small details, as both teams find themselves in positions, they wouldn’t want to be in. Columbus has the home-ice advantage and is primed to make the last few weeks a distant memory for their fans. Additionally, the Blue Jackets seem to have Ottawa’s number when it comes to head-to-head matchups. In the previous 6 meetings, Columbus won five and only lost a single match. The Blue Jackets will win this game and build on the game won last time out.
Date & Time: Monay, February 24, 2020, 7:05 PM (EST)
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