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Ottawa Senators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 2/22/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators
Date & Time Friday February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -200 / Ottawa Senators +165 -- Over/Under: 6.5
TV Channel
FSOH, TSN5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Columbus Blue Jackets could use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 15.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 32 goals, Artemi Panarin has 43 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 118 goals on 1,234 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 55 goals on 527 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 11 games.

The Ottawa Senators could also use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 28 goals, Thomas Chabot has 33 assists and Matt Duchene has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.7 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 121 goals on 1,247 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 14 goals on 121 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in each of their last five games.

The Blue Jackets are 4-1 in their last 5 road games, 11-5 in their last 16 games as a favorite and 37-17 in their last 54 games as a road favorite. The Senators are 21-44 in their last 65 games as an underdog, 3-8 in their last 11 home games and 7-21 in their last 28 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 4-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Senators last 5 home games. The favorite is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been hit or miss lately, but they've been nothing but money in the favorite role and have won five of the last eight meetings against the Senators. The Ottawa Senators are not only struggling to put together even decent hockey at the moment, but they've been god awful on the end of back to backs, and that's likely not changing with the egg they laid in New Jersey. The price isn't great for a road team, but fading the Senators in their current form is probably the best course of action at the moment. 

Pick:
Columbus Blue Jackets -200

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