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Where: Canadian Tire Center
When: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 1:00 pm ET
We have an Eastern Conference matchup to consider for Saturday when the Columbus Blue Jackets meet the Ottawa Senators for game two of their three-game season series. Columbus won game one of this series by a score of 1-0, and Ottawa is hoping to avenge that loss and enters this contest hoping to end a one-game losing streak.
Columbus Road WoesColumbus has lost four of its last five games and those were to Arizona, the New York Rangers at home followed by road losses to Florida and Pittsburgh. Saturday marks game four of a four-game road trip for the Bluejackets and a win would sure be nice for them. Columbus is seventh in the Metropolitan Division standings and 22 points behind the Washington Capitals for the top spot in the division.
"I don't have any words to describe it" - Torts pic.twitter.com/qXVbtpu1m0— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 13, 2019
The Blue Jackets power-play unit is eighteenth in the NHL with an 18 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is nineteenth in the National Hockey League with a 79.5 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Joonas Korpisalo will likely tend to the twine on Saturday, and he’s 12-10-2 this season with a 2.73 GAA alongside a 90 percent save percentage. Korpisalo stopped 31 of 32 shots Thursday night in a 1-0 overtime road loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sens Above .500 Home RecordOttawa has dropped three of their last five games and eighteen points behind the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division standings. The three losses to Vancouver, Philadelphia, and Montreal were road losses. The Senators defeated Edmonton on the road and Boston at home to account for the two wins over that five-game period.
The Senators’ power-play unit is last in the NHL with a 9.8 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is fourteenth in the National Hockey League with an 82 percent penalty kill rate this season.
Anders Nilsson is likely patrolling the cage on Saturday, and he’s 8-8-2 this season with a 3.03 GAA alongside a 91 percent save percentage. Nilsson stopped 26 of 29 shots for a 3-2 overtime road loss to the Canadians this past Wednesday night.
- Senators are 6-1 in their last 7 home games.
- Senators are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a home underdog.
- Senators are 9-4 in their last 13 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
The top supporting trends for this game found on Covers.com, are:
- Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last 4 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blue Jackets are 0-6 in their last 6 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Blue Jackets are 0-7 in their last 7 Saturday games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I like Ottawa in this one. Despite the losses, they are playing pretty good hockey and have suffered a couple of overtime losses that could have been victories with a lucky bounce or two. Columbus isn’t a very good road team, and they suffered a heartbreaking road loss to Pittsburgh that could be deflating. It’s also the final game of their four-game road trip, and the Blue Jackets might mail this one in. I will roll with the Senators in this contest.
Full-Game Total Pick
I will play the UNDER in this one. Neither side has much of a power play, and neither team has that much of an offense. Both sides do allow just over three goals per game, but the goaltending and bluelines from both sides are better than their offensive counterparts. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nilsson pitched a shutout, and I will play the UNDER in this matchup.