Columbus Blue Jackets (22-25-3) at Ottawa Senators (20-21-9)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 7, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -155 / Columbus Blue Jackets +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have split their last eight games and play their first road game of the month. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have scored one power play goal in their last six games and have won six straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Ryan Johansen leads Columbus with 20 goals, Nick Foligno has 28 assists and Scott Hartnell has 120 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 91 goals on 1,044 shots and Curtis McElhinney has given up 46 goals on 515 shots.
The Ottawa Senators look to get back on track after losing five of their last seven games. The Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Ottawa Senators have one power play goal in their last four games and have won four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 17 goals, Bobby Ryan has 23 assists and Clarke MacArthur has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Senators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in three straight games. Craig Anderson has allowed 73 goals on 999 shots faced and Robin Lehner has given up 60 goals on 624 shots.
The Blue Jackets are 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Senators are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-10 in their last 14 Saturday games. The Blue Jackets are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Ottawa and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
Neither team is playing great hockey right now, especially the Senators who are down in the dumps at the moment. Simply from a pure value point of view, I'm backing the Blue Jackets in what is a toss up game.