Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/22/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Columbus Blue Jackets (35-36-6) vs Ottawa Senators (29-41-7)
Game Info: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -133 / Ottawa Senators +105 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Ottawa Senators in Friday NHL Action.
The Ottawa Senators come into this road contest with an overall record of 29-41-7. Through 77 games, the Senators are 7th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 210 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Ottawa is the 22nd-ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.23 goals per game. So far, the Senators have a strength of schedule rating of 3rd 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 Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the Ottawa Senators with an overall record of 35-36-6. This mark places them 6th in the Metropolitan division. Through 77 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 247 goals, giving them an average of 3.16. This output gives them a rank of 13th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 29th-ranked unit, giving up 3.68 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 15th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 23rd in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the Ottawa Senators leader in points is Brady Tkachuk. In his team's 77 games, he has come up with 28 goals and 32 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 10.4%. However, when on the ice, the Senators are -6.0 in scoring differential.The team's top overall goal scorer is Joshua Norris. Of his 33 goals, 48.0% have come during power play time. Ottawa's top goalie is Anton Forsberg, who is giving up an average of 2.79 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has turned in 27 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 56 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine, with 56 points. He has reached his mark of 26 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.6%. So far, 19.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 51 assists to go along with his 5 goals. However, when on the ice, the Blue Jackets are -15 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.32 goals per game. In his 54 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 46 percent of the time.
Coming into this game, the Senators have an over-under record of 31-42-4. When playing on the road, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 14-21-4. On the season, 47.0% of Ottawa's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 44.0% of the scoring coming from the Senators. In Columbus's 77 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 45-29-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-13-2. On the season, 70.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. With an over-under line set at 6 goals, look for this to be a high-scoring game. On the season, both the Senators and Blue Jackets goalie units have scoring chance save rates well below the NHL average. Even though both offenses are not elite at generating scoring opportunites, they should be able to find the net in an efficient manner. I recommend taking the over.
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