The Blue Jackets and Senators are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Senators will host the game at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON. The over/under for this Eastern conference contest is set at 7 goals, with the Senators being favored by -1.5 goals at home against the Blue Jackets.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS OTTAWA SENATORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Ottawa Senators -1.5

This game will be played at Canadian Tire Centre at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, February 13th.

WHY BET THE OTTAWA SENATORS:

  • With the Senators being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Senators.
  • Take the Senators on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Blue Jackets (+1.5)

Does Columbus Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

As the season has progressed, the Blue Jackets have struggled to find their footing, and their record of 16-25-10 has them sitting in 8th place in the Metropolitan Division and 16th in the Eastern Conference. In their last ten games, Columbus has gone just 3-7, and they have lost two of their last three games.

On the road, the Blue Jackets have gone 7-11-6 this season, and they have been the underdog in 47 of their 51 games. Against Eastern Conference opponents, Columbus has gone just 9-24, and they have lost three of their last five games against Ottawa.

As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 29-18 this season. So far, they have 17 road wins by multiple goals compared to just seven road losses by multiple goals. Their average scoring margin on the road this season is at -0.8 goals per contest.

Over their last 10 road games, Columbus has a puck line record of 7-3. On the year, the Blue Jackets have 20 losses by more than one goal compared to 15 losses by just one goal. In their last five games, Columbus has a puck line record of 3-2, and their average scoring differential for the season is at -0.7 goals per game.

On average, Columbus’ games have finished with 6.6 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.5. In total, the Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 25-23-3.

In their last three road games, Columbus has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.

On the offensive side, the Blue Jackets are scoring an 2.9 goals per game this season, ranking 25th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 22nd in the league. Looking at how the Blue Jackets’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 28th in power play goals and 30th in shorthanded goals.

Columbus will be looking for a good game from Kirill Marchenko who leads the team in scoring with 15 goals, ranking 92nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Marchenko has 11 assists this season.

The Senators defense is currently 28th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 30.3 shots per game against Ottawa. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 27th with 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Elvis Merzlikins has started 29 games this season. His current record stands at 9-11, and his save percentage is 0.837%.

Taking a Look at the Senators Chances at Home

At home this season, the Senators have gone 14-12-2 and have won their last two games in Ottawa. Overall, Ottawa is 21-25-2 and has won three straight games. In the Eastern Conference standings, the Senators are in 15th place.

Against other Eastern Conference teams, Ottawa has gone 16-14 this season. When favored, the Senators have gone 12-9-0. Over their last three games, Ottawa has gone 3-0.

When favored, the Senators have gone 8-13 against the puck line this season, and they have gone 13-15 against the puck line at home. Ottawa has gone 7-3 against the puck line in their last ten games.

So far, the Senators have 15 wins by multiple goals, and they have gone 22-26 against the puck line overall. In their last five home games, Ottawa has gone 3-2 against the puck line.

Games involving Ottawa have an average of 7 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.6. In terms of their over/under performance, the Senators come in with a record of 27-18-3.

In their last three road games, Columbus has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Senators are averaging 3.4 goals per game this season, putting them in the 15th spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 17th in the league. Ottawa’s offense is currently ranked 22nd in power play goals. When it comes to shorthanded goals, they are 20th in the league.

Ottawa’s current leading scorer is Brady Tkachuk. This season, he has 22 goals, which puts him 24th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Tkachuk has 19 assists this season.

In terms of defense, the Senators head into the game ranked 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.3 shots per game against Ottawa. So far, they are 27th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Joonas Korpisalo has started 30 games this season. His current record stands at 13-16, and his save percentage is 0.885%.