Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators - 3/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators - 3/16/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators (21-33-5) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (30-27-3)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

Betting Odds: Ottawa Senators +138 / Columbus Blue Jackets +150 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ottawa Senators host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Wednesday NHL Action.

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 30-27-3. Through 60 games, the Blue Jackets are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 199 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 31st ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.67 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 5th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 22nd ranked team in the NHL.

The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 21-33-5. This mark places them 7th in the Atlantic division. Through 59 games, the Senators have scored 157 goals, giving them an average of 2.64. This output gives them a rank of 27th among NHL teams. On defense, Ottawa is the 22nd ranked unit, giving up 3.27 goals per contest. So far, the Senators have played the toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Ottawa's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.

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Through 60 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' leading goal scorer is Boone Jenner. With his 21 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 44. On the season, he is turning 14.4% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Blue Jackets have benefited from the strong play of Oliver Bjorkstrand, who is the team's overall leader in points. In Columbus's 60 games, he has come up with 21 goals on a shooting percentage of 13.7%. However, when on the ice, the Blue Jackets are -19 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.44 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Brady Tkachuk. In Ottawa's 59 games, he has come up with 20 goals and 24 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 10.0%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 24 goals, 46.0% have come during power play time. However, when on the ice, the Senators are -5 in scoring differential. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.83 goals per game. In his 29 games played, he has turned in 16 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Ottawa Senators have a per-game scoring differential of -0.63 goals. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they are losing home games by an average of -0.64 goals. As the Ottawa Senators get set to take on the Blue Jackets, they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 2-3. During this stretch, they have scored 15 goals, accounting for 47.0% of the scoring in these contests. Even though the team is not finding success in the win column, they come into this game playing well on offense. In their past five games, they have outscored their average of 2.64 goals per game 4 times. Look for the Senators to pick up a home win over the Blue Jackets in what should be a close matchup.

 

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