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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(21-30-11) Ottawa Senators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (30-19-14)
Date: Monday, February 24th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Senators +175 Blue Jackets -210
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Blue Jackets -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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The injury-ravaged Columbus Blue Jackets are in a virtual tie for the final playoff position in the Eastern Conference despite eight straight losses and aim to snap the streak when the Ottawa Senators visit Monday night.
The Blue Jackets have picked up five points during their run of losses, including a 4-3 shootout setback Saturday in Nashville that left them in a three-way tie with the New York Islanders and Carolina for two wild card spots.
Stat to know: Duclair had a hat trick in the last meeting as the Senators earned a 4-3 overtime verdict Dec. 14.
If you are thinking of placing a betting prediction on this match, continue reading for our detailed summary and our expert prediction at the end.
The Senators, who have the third-fewest points in the league, will finally be certain who is available the rest of the season when the puck drops Monday – a few hours after the trade deadline, as several players could be dealt.
Center Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who is an unrestricted free agent after the season, has six of a team-leading 40 points in his last four games and is one of the most popular targets for playoff teams Monday.
Pageau owns a career-high 24 goals to top the team and speedy forward Anthony Duclair, a soon-to-be restricted free agent, is next with a career-best 22 tallies but has managed one in his last 24 games.
Top defenseman Thomas Chabot (five goals, 33 points) left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury
Marcus Hogberg should be the starting goalie in the game tonight. His stats up to this point on the season are: 3-7-7 W-L | 3.07 GAA | 0.908 SV% | 0 SO
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets, who have gained at least a point in six straight games against Ottawa (5-0-1), have 10 players sitting on the injured list including leading goal scorer Oliver Bjorkstrand and All-Star defenseman Seth Jones.
Boone Jenner registered his 11th goal while fellow forwards Eric Robinson and Emil Bemstrom each recorded his sixth in Saturday’s loss as the two top scorers continue to cool off.
Center Pierre-Luc Dubois owns two (both assists) of his team-leading 44 points in the last 10 contests and wing Gustav Nyquist has not scored a goal in the same span, collecting three assists to push his total to 37 points.
Goalie Elvis Merzlikins is 0-3-4 with a .892 save percentage in his last seven games that followed consecutive shutouts while Joonas Korpisalo (17-10-4) is close to returning from a knee injury.
Elvis Merzlikins should be the starting goalie in the game tonight. His stats up to this point on the season are: 12-9-7 W-L | 2.37 GAA | 0.922 SV% | 5 SO
NHL Betting Trends:
- Blue Jackets are 7-1 in their last 8 Monday games.
- Blue Jackets are 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Atlantic.
- Over is 8-0 in Senators last 8 vs. Metropolitan.
- Over is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Over is 4-0 in Blue Jackets last 4 overall.
- Favorite is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
- Home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
Free Ottawa Senators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Prediction:
This is going to be an exciting game and one that I believe is going to be closely contested. If you’re going to place a bet, pay attention to the trends I posted above. These are usually some of the best pre bet indicators for success!
To keep it all long but sweet, my expert betting prediction is below. I hope everyone who reads this article has good luck with their prediction!
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