Columbus Blue Jackets (30-10-3-1 SU, 26-18 PL, 16-24-4 O/U) vs Ottawa Senators (24-15-3-1 SU, 23-20 PL, 18-23-2 O/U)
When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Canadian tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario
Lines: Columbus -130/Ottawa +110
NHL hockey action on Sunday and the Columbus Blue Jackets will take their act to the road to face the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The Blue Jackets have a home game vs Carolina on Saturday, while the Senators will be facing the Maple Leafs on the road on the same day. The Under is 7-3 the last 10 games in this series.
Blue Jackets Need To Find Their Consistency
The Columbus Blue Jackets did have a 16 game win streak going a little while ago, but since then they have struggled as they have gone just 3-5 in their last eight games, prior to their contest vs Carolina on Saturday. They just have lost their consistency and now they need to get it back. They have fallen to 2nd place in the Metro Division and are two points out of first, while holding a slim one point lead over 3rd place Pittsburgh. It really looks like it will be a three-team race in the division. They have been outscored 24-19 over their last eight games. The Blue Jackets have six players who have at least 10 goals on the year and they have been led by Cam Atkinson, who has scored 21 goals, while Nick Foligno and Brandon Saad each have 15 goals, Sam Gagner has 14 and Josh Anderson has 10 to round out their double-digit goal scorers.
Slated to get the start in this game is Joonas Korpisalo, who is 1-1 with a 2.54 GAA on the year, while vs the Senators in his career he has gone 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA. The Blue Jackets come into this game ranked 4th in the league in scoring at 3.25 gpg, while also ranking 8th in shots taken (30.7 spg) and 1st in power play conversions, converting on 24.6% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they come in at 2nd in goals allowed, giving up 2.20 gpg, while also ranking 12th in shots allowed (29.7 spg) and 8th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 16.1% of their chances.
Senators Back In 2nd Place in The Atlantic
The Ottawa Senators had a good start to their year and then they struggled some, but they have been playing a bit better of late and have moved into a 2nd place tie with the Bruins in the Atlantic. They are still 10 points out of first, but they are in good position for a playoff spot right now. The Sens have won four of their last five games as of this writing and that includes a 2-0 road win over the Blue Jackets a few days ago. They have been solid road team this year so far as they have gone 11-8 away from home, while here at home they have gone 13-11. The Sens have been led this year by Kyle Turris, who has 16 goals, while Mark Stone has 15 and Mike Hoffman has 14. No one else on the team has more than nine goals on the year. They will need to find a bit more offense as the season goes on.
Getting the nod in this one is expected to be Chris Driedger, who is 0-1 with a 6.00 GAA on the year. This would be his 1st career NHL start and his 4th game overall. The Senators check in at 21st in the league in scoring at 2.56 gpg, while also ranking 25th in shots taken (28.7 spg) and 20th in power play conversions, converting on 17.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been solid as they come in ranked 11th in goals allowed, giving up 2.56 gpg, while also ranking 18th in shots allowed (30.4) and 11th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 17.3% of their chances.
- 11-3 in their last 14 vs. a team with a winning record
- 10-4 in their last 14 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
- 6-13 in their last 19 Sunday games
- 3-13 in their last 16 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation
The Blue Jackets have been struggling of late, while the Sens have been playing well and they just beat Columbus on the road by a 2-0 score. The Blue Jackets will get some revenge here I believe. They really need this game and have the far better offense, while in the crease they have the edge as well. The Blue Jackets need this game in the worst way and they will get it in what should be a hard-fought battle. Take Columbus here.