It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams on the ice north of the border in matinee weekend action. The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the road as they travel to face the Ottawa Senators Saturday afternoon. Columbus was dropped 1-0 in overtime on the road by Pittsburgh Thursday night. Ottawa was beaten 3-2 in overtime on the road by Montreal in their previous game Wednesday night. The Blue Jackets have won the last five meetings between the teams, including a 1-0 home victory on November 25 in the first matchup this season.
Columbus Blue Jackets Looking to Get Back on TrackColumbus suffered their fifth loss in six games as they were upended on the road by the Penguins. The Blue Jackets enter this game seventh in the Metropolitan Division, 11 points behind Pittsburgh and Carolina, who are tied for the guaranteed playoff spot, and 22 behind the Capitals for the division lead. Columbus is 29th in scoring as they average 2.45 goals per game this season. The Blue Jackets are tied for 16th in goals against as they allow three goals per contest this year. Columbus is 18th on the power play as they convert 18 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Blue Jackets have struggled in shorthanded situations as they are 19th in penalty killing by getting through 79.5 percent of those situations this year.
In their last game, the Blue Jackets were unable to generate any offense and it cost them the game. Columbus was outshot 12-6 in the opening period with neither team lighting the lamp. The second period saw the Blue Jackets outshot 6-5 with the game remaining scoreless after 40 minutes of action. In the final period, Columbus was outshot by a 12-6 margin but the game remained even at zero at the end of regulation. During the extra session, the Blue Jackets were outshot 2-0 and gave up the winning goal in overtime to take the OT loss. Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves in the loss for Columbus, who was outshot 32-17 in the contest.
Ottawa Senators Try to Defend Home IceOttawa came up on the short end of the game against Montreal in their last game but did manage to earn a point in the process. The Senators are seventh in the Atlantic Division, eight points behind Montreal for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 18 back of division leader Boston entering Monday. Ottawa is 22nd in the league in goals for as they average 2.69 goals per contest this season. The Senators are tied for 19th in the league as they allow 3.09 goals per game on the year. Ottawa is last in the league with the man advantage as they have converted 9.8 percent (10 of 102) of their chances on the power play this season. The Senators are 14th in penalty killing as they have successfully killed off 82.1 percent of their shorthanded situations this year: they have six shorthanded goals this season.
In their last game, the Senators rallied late to force overtime and then fell short in overtime though they did get a point in the contest. Ottawa held a 12-11 edge in shots in the opening period but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Senators held a 14-9 edge in shots in the second period but the stanza was scoreless, leaving them down 1-0 after 40 minutes. In the third period, Ottawa had an 11-8 edge in shots and outscored Montreal 2-1 to send the game to overtime. After giving up a goal in the opening minute of play in the third period to trail 2-0, Ottawa rallied. Brady Tkachuk got Ottawa on the board with his 11th of the year, on the power play, at 4:30 off assists from Tyler Ennis and Thomas Chabot to make it a 2-1 game. Connor Brown tied the game with his fourth of the year at 13:05 off an assist from Tkachuk. That sent the game to overtime. In the extra session, the Senators gave up the lone shot of the period and it lit the lamp, sending Ottawa to the loss. Anders Nilsson made 26 saves in the loss for Ottawa, who held a 37-29 edge in shots in the game.
The top trends for this contest according to Oddsshark.com:
- Blue Jackets are 1-5 in their last six overall
- Blue Jackets are 1-6 in their last seven on the road
- Senators are 6-1 in their last seven at home