Senators vs Blue Jackets Prediction NHL Picks 3/14/24

Columbus Blue Jackets (22-33-10) vs Ottawa Senators (26-33-4)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -111 / Ottawa Senators -111 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nationwide Arena. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets prediction.

Ottawa Senators Betting Preview

The Ottawa Senators recently lost to the Kings and Sharks while beating the Penguins. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.17 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Brady Tkachuk leads Ottawa with 27 goals, Tim Stutzle has 44 assists and Jakob Chychrun has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.51 goals per game and are killing 73.8 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Anton Forsberg has allowed 63 goals on 561 shots faced, and Joonas Korpisalo has given up 130 goals on 1,176 shots.

Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets recently beat the Oilers while losing to the Predators and Canadiens. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.92 goals per game and are scoring on 13.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 19 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 35 assists and Kirill Marchenko has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 76.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Daniil Tarasov has allowed 57 goals on 585 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 107 goals on 1,084 shots.

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Alexander Nylander has scored at least one goal in each of the Blue Jackets' last three night games at Nationwide Arena.
  • Zach Werenski has recorded at least one assist in each of his last six appearances against the Senators after playing less than 20 minutes in the Blue Jackets' last game.
  • Johnny Gaudreau has recorded at least one point in each of his last eight home appearances against the Senators.
  • Dmitri Voronkov has scored two goals against the Senators this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Ottawa Senators Player Prop Facts

  • Brady Tkachuk has scored at least one goal in each of the Senators' last five games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Claude Giroux has recorded at least one assist in five of his last six appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Brady Tkachuk has recorded at least one point in each of the Senators' last six games as favorites against Metropolitan Division opponents.
  • Ridly Greig ranks 2nd amongst rookies for Plus/Minus (+16) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 31st in the league in power play percentage this season (13.89%).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 30th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.60).
  • The Ottawa Senators rank 30th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (73.80%).
  • The Ottawa Senators rank 28th in the league for goals against per game this season (3.51).

Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets prediction

I'm not excited to get behind either of these teams. Neither the Ottawa Senators nor Columbus Blue Jackets are playing well. The Senators are 8-19-2 on the road this season, and that includes 6 straight loses. The Columbus Blue Jackets have seen 12 of their 22 wins this season come at home, and you'd think the offense is due for a breakout performance after scoring a combined one goal in their last two games. Again, I'm not excited to back either side, but if forced to pick, the Blue Jackets are at home and that's the deciding factor. Give me the Blue Jackets.

Randy’s Pick Columbus Blue Jackets -111

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