Planning on watching today’s Senators and Blue Jackets game? Catch the action at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH, as the Blue Jackets hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Senators come into this Eastern conference matchup as the -1.5 goal favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 6.5 goals.

OTTAWA SENATORS VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Columbus Blue Jackets +1.5

This game will be played at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, March 14th.

WHY BET THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

  • Despite being 1.5 goal underdogs, we predict the Blue Jackets to come out on top with a final score of 4-3.
  • We like the Blue Jackets on the moneyline (+102)
  • The Blue Jackets are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Is a Road Win Possible for the Senators?

With a record of 26-33-4, the Senators are 15th in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the road, Ottawa is just 8-19-2 this season.

Over their last ten games, the Senators have gone just 3-7. In their last five games, Ottawa has gone 1-4, and they have dropped four straight games when they have been favored.

As the favorite, Ottawa has gone 9-20 vs. the puck line this year and has dropped seven straight games against the puck line when favored. Overall, the Senators have 18 wins by multiple goals compared to 25 losses by more than one goal.

So far, Ottawa has gone 28-35 vs. the puck line, including a road mark of 12-17. In their last 10 road games, the Senators have gone just 4-6 vs. the puck line.

This season, Ottawa’s games have an average of 6.7 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.6. The Senators come in with an over/under performance of 32-28-3.

In their last three games away from home, the Senators have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 1-2 vs. the spread. The team averaged 1 goals per game in this stretch.

When looking at their offense, the Senators have an average of 3.2 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 17th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 13th in the league. Coming into the game, the Senators have a 17-21 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 8-12.

Ottawa will be looking for a good game from Brady Tkachuk who leads the team in scoring with 27 goals, ranking 25th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 25 assists so far.

Columbus defense takes on the Senators ranked 2nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 33.1 shots per game against Columbus. They also are 29th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Anton Forsberg has started 21 games this season. His current record stands at 11-10, and his save percentage is 0.514%.

Will the Blue Jackets Secure A Victory as Home Underdogs?

With a record of 22-33-10, the Blue Jackets are in 16th place in the Eastern Conference and 8th in the Metropolitan Division. Over their last ten games, Columbus is 4-6 and has dropped two straight games.

At home this season, the Blue Jackets have gone 12-17-4, and as the underdog, they are 19-31-9. Over their last five games, Columbus is 2-3, and in games against Eastern Conference opponents, they have gone 10-30.

As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 35-24 this season, and they have 14 wins by multiple goals. So far, Columbus has 26 losses by more than one goal, and their average scoring margin on the year is at -0.7 goals per game.

At home, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 18-15, and they have gone 6-4 in their last ten games. Their average scoring margin at home is at -0.5 goals per game, and they have gone 3-0 vs. the puck line in their last three games at home.

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 31-31-3.

Through their last three road games, Ottawa has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 0-3 while averaging 1 goals per game.

On offense, the Blue Jackets are averaging 2.9 goals per game which is 24th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 20th in the league. So far this year, the Blue Jackets are 8-10 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 13-22 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Columbus’ leading goal scorer is Boone Jenner. So far this season, he has 19 goals, placing him 91st in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Jenner has 10 assists this season.

Defensively, the Blue Jackets are currently 2nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 33.1 shots per game against Columbus. They also are 29th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Daniil Tarasov comes into the game having made 17 starts this season. So far, his record is 6-9 and he has a save percentage of 0.56%.