Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction
The NHL is back on Saturday evening. One of the most interesting games is expected to be the match of the Ottawa Senators against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets are going into this game off a 5-3 away win over the Flyers which will give them a boost and improve their confidence
Ottawa Senators Form
The Senators have only their pride to play for this season and trying to get more points. Their form in the recent games was impressive. They beat the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning away and in back-to-back nights. However the Senators have almost no chance to get a place in the postseason. This is based on the fact that they are 19 points behind the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference and 30 points behind 3rd in the Atlantic Division. The Ottawa have an away form of 11-24. Their average score is 2.46 goal per goal and have allowed 3.31 goals per game.
The Senators offensive game is one of the lowest as they come in ranked 20th in the league. This stat is based on the fact that their average scoring at 2.77 goal per goal, combined with a conversion score of 16.9% of their chances. On the other hand the defensive part of the game, they have been poor record which ranks them 30th in goals allowed. Moreover, the Senators allowed 3.38 goal per game, letting the opponents to convert on 24.1% of their chances.
Columbus Blue Jackets Form
The Columbus Blue started the month with losing the first two games of March. However they haven’t not been on the losing side since. The Blue Jackets are heading into this game with a solid win of 5-3 win over the Flyers. Moreover, their impressive form is six wins in last six games. They are currently placed on the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff rankings. Nevertheless, their position is still not stable since they only have a 4 points lead over the confident Panthers team. The offensive part of their game have been bad for the most of the season. However it seems that they have turned the tide as their recent average is 4.33 goals per game in their last six matches. On the other hand, their defensive record has been pretty consistent this year. The Blue Jackets have been strong at the back as they are ranked 9th in goals allowed, giving up only 2.73 goals per game thus allowing the opposing teams to convert on 22.5% of their chances.
On a final note, it is important to emphasize that the Senators have defied the odds in their recent away games. However, the expectation is that the Blue Jackets will win this game. They have six wins in a row and will the benefit of facing a tired Ottawa team. Also the Blue Jackets have a 26-14 in their last six wins. On the other hand, the Senators away form of 11-24 does not promise any upsets in this games. It is expected that the Blue Jackets will easily win this game by scoring more than 3 goals.
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