Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators - 2/24/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Ottawa Senators (21-30-11) at Columbus Blue Jackets (30-19-14)
NHL Hockey: Monday, February 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -208 / Ottawa Senators -173 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Monday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena.
The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads Ottawa with 24 goals, Thomas Chabot has 28 assists and Anthony Duclair has 172 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 77.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 83 goals on 839 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 58 goals on 628 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 16 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Columbus with 21 goals, Pierre-Luc Dubois has 27 assists and Seth Jones has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has given up 78 goals on 901 shots faced and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 68 goals on 874 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in 12 of their last 16 games.
The Senators are 31-68 in their last 99 games as an underdog, 7-20 in their last 27 Monday games and 16-52 in their last 68 road games. The Blue Jackets are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Atlantic, 7-1 in their last 8 Monday games and 0-8 in their last 8 overall. The under is 8-3 in Senators last 11 overall. The over is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall. The Senators are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Columbus and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The favorite is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
Both of these teams are on massive losing stretches, so I guess you could make a case for the big plus money. The problem is the Ottawa Senators have been in this form all season long, while the Columbus Blue Jackets are still a winning team on the season and just became a losing team to bettors with their last loss. It's only a matter of time before the Blue Jackets bounce back. The Columbus Blue Jackets have won seven of the last 10 meetings against the Senators and four of those wins were decided by two or more goals. Give me the home team and the PL for added value.