Ottawa Senators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets - 12/14/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (12-14-5) at Ottawa Senators (13-17-2)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -106 / Columbus Blue Jackets -104 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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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 need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 18.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Pierre-Luc Dubois leads Columbus with 10 goals, Seth Jones has 13 assists and Cam Atkinson has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 64 goals on 681 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 25 goals on 235 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 9.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with 16 goals, Thomas Chabot has 17 assists and Brady Tkachuk has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 42 goals on 426 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 49 goals on 556 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or less goals in nine of their last 12 games.
The Blue Jackets are 1-6 in their last 7 road games, 0-7 in their last 7 Saturday games and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Senators are 6-1 in their last 7 home games, 16-35 in their last 51 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-7 in their last 9 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Blue Jackets last 8 road games. The over is 4-1 in Senators last 5 overall. The Blue Jackets are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have had the clear upper hand over the Senators in recent meetings, which includes a 1-0 win a few weeks ago. The problem is neither of these teams are playing good hockey entering this matchup, so home ice is really the only advantage we have. This is also a very early start and home teams usually have the edge in time slots like this, as it's a lot easier to get up and play when waking up in your own bed. I'll take the Senators and the cheap price in this toss up.