With the end of the NHL regular season now in sight, we have a very good idea about which teams might be ready to make a serious playoff run. There is still plenty of time for fortunes to change, though, with the potential for change coming today at the trade deadline. A few teams have already made some moves that they hope will propel them to the next level in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, while others have traded to get prospects as they look to build for the future. We are not going to know how any of the moves made over the last few days will pan out for a while, but it certainly has been fun to watch. The Ottawa Senators have been active, shipping out a pair of scorers in exchange for draft picks that will help them continue to rebuild. The Columbus Blue Jackets are a team in need of help, as their playoff push is fading. The Senators and Blue Jackets will meet in Columbus on Monday night in a game that is huge for the home team. The Blue Jackets are favored by 1 ½, with the goal total set at 5 ½. Let’s see how the NHL odds will be for the Senators vs Blue Jackets.
Senators vs Blue Jackets 2020 NHL Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Monday, February 24 at 7 PM EST
- Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus
- Radio: Ottawa / Columbus
- TV: ESPN+
- NHL Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -1.5 / Total
Why bet on the Ottawa Senators
It’s probably very fair to say that no-one is surprised at how poor the Ottawa Senators have been this season, especially since it is clear that they are in full rebuilding mode. They come into this game having gone 21-30-11 on the season, well off the pace being set by the teams in the playoff hunt. I really don’t expect to see much out of this group in the closing weeks, which is more than evident in their current run of form. Ottawa has lost 2 in a row and heads to Columbus having gone just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games. They have been particularly brutal in road games, this season, going 6-17-5 in games played away from home. In their last 10 meetings with Columbus, the Senators are 3-6-1.
- Goals: 2.65
- Shots: 30.32
- PP/PK Percentage: 15.05
- Goals: 3.42
- Shots: 33.6
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.84
Why bet on the Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets are proof that you can never get too comfortable in the NHL. They looked to be in a very good spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, but a streak that has saw them lose 8 in a row has them looking anything but comfortable at the moment. The only saving grace that can be taken from this poor run is that the Blue Jackets have been able to pick up some points in OT losses, posting a 2-3-5 record in their last 10 games. That has prevented them from falling too far off the pace, even though they are still below the playoff line. Columbus is 18-11-4 on the season at home, so they will be looking to snap out of this funk in their own building.
- Goals: 2.57
- Shots: 32.54
- PP/PK Percentage: 16.48
- Goals: 2.59
- Shots: 29.63
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.95
Senators vs Blue Jackets NHL Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Ottawa’s last 11 games.
- Ottawa are 5-15 SU in their last 20 games.
- Ottawa are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against Columbus.
- Ottawa are 1-10 SU in their last 11 games on the road.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus’ last 6 games.
- Columbus are 0-8 SU in their last 8 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Columbus’ last 13 games at home.
- Columbus are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Ottawa.
Senators vs Blue Jackets Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The season series between these two is split down the middle, but it is the home team that has won both previous games. I think we get a low scoring affair and I am on the Blue Jackets to snap their losing skid.
Ottawa Senators 1 Columbus Blue Jackets 3