Ottawa Senators (15-20-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (22-13-3)
|Date & Time||Monday December 31, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -265 / Ottawa Senators +210 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Ottawa Senators and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from the Nationwide Arena on Monday night.
The Ottawa Senators come into this game looking to snap a 4-game losing streak after a 3-2 loss to Washington in their last outing. Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the opening period and a 3-0 advantage in the first minute of the second frame before Colin White got the Senators on the board, giving us a 3-1 game after 40 minutes of play. Mark Stone cut the deficit to 3-2 late in the 3rd, but that’s as close as Ottawa would get as the Capitals closed the door the rest of the way. Marcus Hogberg took the loss in his first NHL start, giving up all 3 goals on 24 shots in the losing effort.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to bounce back after a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last outing. Toronto opened the scoring just 2:22 into the game but the lead barely lasted as Nick Foligno would tie the game just 2:25 later. Toronto took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after the 1st period and a 3-1 advantage after 40 minutes of play. The Leafs jumped out to a 4-1 lead which would be enough despite Artemi Panarin adding a consolation goal late in the 3rd period. Sergei Bobrovsky took the loss, falling to 16-11-1 this season after giving up all 4 goals on 29 shots in the losing effort.
Ottawa is 0-4 in their last 4 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 18-7-1 in their last 26 road games. Columbus is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 home games. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Ottawa continues to stink up the joint on the road and are banged up right now, including their starting goaltender in Craig Anderson who will miss at least this game with a concussion. The problem for Columbus is that the puck line holds no value here as 4 of the last 5 meetings between these two teams have been decided by one goal. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as both teams have had issues keeping the puck out of the net this season and I see this being another shootout type of affair.