Ottawa Senators (11-20-2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (18-19-1)
January 23, 2022 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -175 / Ottawa Senators +141; Over/Under: +6
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The Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Sunday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena. The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing six of their last nine games.
The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 19.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Josh Norris leads Ottawa with 18 goals, Drake Batherson has 21 assists and Brady Tkachuck has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 78.7 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Anton Forsberg has allowed 40 goals on 429 shots faced, and Filip Gustavsson has allowed 43 goals on 399 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 16 goals, Jakub Voracek has 25 assists and Zach Werenski has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 66 goals on 736 shots faced, and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 55 goals on 462 shots.
The Senators are 41-116 in their last 157 road games and 11-43 in their last 54 games playing on 0 days rest. The Blue Jackets are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 6-14 in their last 20 overall. The over is 7-3 in Senators last 10 Sunday games. The over is 36-16-2 in Blue Jackets last 54 overall. The Senators are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings.
The Ottawa Senators are on the end of a back to back and aren’t a team you should be looking to side with in these spots or on the road. However, the Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t a team I’m laying juice with based on their current form, and playing at home hasn’t helped them much. This is a game I wouldn’t touch personally, but I’d grab the plus money if forced to pick.