Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Blue Jackets vs Senators NHL Odds
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(40-16-6) Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators (34-22-6)
Date: Saturday, March 4th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Honda Center
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Blue Jackets -114
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NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The Columbus Blue Jackets looked like world beaters midway through the season, but if they aren’t careful they could end up in a lowly wild card spot come playoff time. As for the Senators, both winning their division and missing the playoffs entirely are still on the table.
The Blue Jackets are just two up on the Rangers for the final playoff spot in the Metropolitan division, though they do have two games in hand.
The Senators meanwhile have a chance at catching Montreal, but are not comfortably ahead of Boston, Toronto, Florida or Tampa Bay at this point.
Columbus Blue Jackets
This is a franchise that have never won a playoff series. In fact they’ve only ever made the playoffs twice, and have only won two playoff games let alone an entire series.
Which might be why everyone expected them to cool down when they were running hot this season.
They have cooled off, but there are signs they might be about to heat up again. At least there are signs that goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is doing just that.
Bobrovsky is arguably the third best goalie in the league this year, behind only Devan Dubnyk and Braden Holtby. His success is a big reason the franchise is on the verge of previously unchartered territory.
Thursday night he stopped 38 of 38 shots against the Wild to steal a 1-0 victory for the Jackets. If he starts getting hot again, he might steal many more for the Jackets in the final quarter of the season.
Ottawa heads into this one with teams in striking distance above and below them in the standings. They are 6 points back of Montreal with 3 games in hand for top spot in the Atlantic.
Pushing up on the Sens below them in the Atlantic are Boston and Toronto however. The Bruins are only 2pts back (2 games in hand) and the Leafs are 4pts back (1 game in hand).
If they go on a hot streak they could take the division, but a poor stretch of hockey and they could miss the playoffs for the second straight year.
They come into this game on a bit of a high however, as deadline day addition Alex Burrows made an immediate impact with a 2-goal performance in a win over the Avs on Thursday. The Sens also picked up Viktor Stalberg at the deadline.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Jackets have won 4 of last 5 vs Eastern Conference.
- Jackets dropped 10 of last 13 games following a win.
- Sens have dropped 4 of last 5 following a win.
- Sens are 17-10-6 at home.
- Jackets are 17-7-5 on the road.
Free Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Ottawa Senators NHL Hockey Prediction:
If Sergei Bobrovsky has rediscovered his ability to steal games for the Blue Jackets I don’t like how that measures up against the Senators. Ottawa is averaging just above 2.5 goals a game, good for 19th in the league.
A Saturday night late season game in Ottawa should create a playoff like atmosphere. If the Jackets are to break their franchise’s playoff draught this year, this should be good practice for them.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Blue Jackets -114
I just don’t have confidence in Ottawa’s offence to crack Bobrovsky more than once.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Blue Jackets 3 – Ottawa Senators 1
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