Columbus Blue Jackets (40-16-6) at Ottawa Senators (34-22-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday March 4, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +102 / Columbus Blue Jackets -122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Ottawa Senators look to continue their success against the Metro division as they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to town on Saturday night.
The Blue Jackets look to extend their impressive road record with a big win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday in a matchup that has plenty of playoff implications for both teams. The Jackets are still in the mix for top spot in the Metro division and they continue to defy the odds the silence the critics on a nightly basis as they don’t have the most glamourous roster and are without the star power that many other league contenders possess but they are well balanced and have a coach in John Tortorella who has led his team on deep playoff runs in the past. Columbus is expected to send Sergei Bobrovksy to the crease here as he has been a work horse between the pipes and he will face off against Craig Anderson who has come back from a lengthy absence and jumped right into mid season form in the Ottawa net.
The Senators meanwhile look to continue the Metro division as they have won four of their last five and are in a good position here against the Blue Jackets who have struggled to generate some consistency of late as they are 3-10 in their last 13 following a win. Ottawa has taken the league by storm this season and have exceeded expectations with the way they have played in the Atlantic division and with the home stretch now here they know that each passing game is incredibly important in their pursuit for top spot in the Atlantic. Ottawa has struggled after a victory as well lately as they have dropped four of their last five and will need to rectify that in this their most important stretch of the season.
The Jackets are 4-1 in their last five against the Atlantic and 38-18 in their last 56 overall while the Sens are 6-0 in their last six playing on one day’s rest and 6-2 in their last eight against a team with a winning percentage greater than .600. This is going to be an exciting game between two playoff hopefuls and while Columbus is getting great value here I have to side with the home team who have an edge in the offensive zone.