Ottawa Senators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, NHL Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Jan 23, 2022

The Ottawa Senators have struggled defensively, allowing three goals or more in four straight games and six of the last seven.

Ottawa
33-42-5-2
AT
January 23, 2022, 6:00 PM ET
Nationwide Arena
Columbus
37-38-4-3
Puckline +1.5 -199
Moneyline +115
Over / Under o +6.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Puckline -1.5 +166
Moneyline -138
Over / Under u +6.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

The Ottawa Senators continue to be inconsistent. Shortly after winning five of six games, they plummeted down the rankings again and have lost six of their last eight since. They’ll enter Sunday riding a three-game losing streak when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets seem to be in the same boat as they have won three of their last six games, never seeing the same outcome back-to-back during that span. Can the Senators get back in the win column or will the Blue Jackets hand them their fourth straight loss?

Columbus is a -138 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.5.

Senators vs. Blue Jackets NHL Betting Odds

The Senators are 11-43 in their last 54 games played when coming into the matchup with zero days of rest. They are also just 2-5 in their last seven games overall. Luckily, the over has been consistent for them. It has chased out in 16 of their last 21 contests against teams in the Metropolitan division. Unfortunately, Ottawa has lost their past five meetings against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

Flipping over to the Blue Jackets now, they are 5-2 straight up in their last seven games against a team with a winning percentage lower than .400 on the season. However, Columbus is only 2-7 in their past nine games played on a Sunday. Similar to the Senators though, the over is 5-0 when they have gone up against a team in the Atlantic Division.

Ottawa Senators

Scoring hasn’t come easy for the Senators this season as they are sitting in 21st place in terms of goals scored per game (2.79). Drake Batherson has been leading the charge for them on that end of the ice with 33 points on the season. Brady Tkachuk, Josh Norris and Thomas Chabot have all crossed the 20-point mark on the year, but other than this group, the scoring gets a little thin.

It also doesn’t help when only three players on the entire roster have a positive plus-minus. This team has allowed at least three goals or more in four straight and six of seven. It’s hard to win when doing so – especially when the team averages 2.79 themselves.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets mirror the Senators in many ways as they’re all offence and no defence. In fact, the Blue Jackets are the second-worst ranked defence in the NHL, allowing 3.58 goals per game and are only above the newly-added Seattle Kraken in that department (a team sitting at 3.60). Elvis Merzlikins hasn’t been horrible in the net, posting a save percentage of .910 and a record of 14-9-1, but the problem is that he allows 3.10 goals per game. He’s forced to face tons of shots. Admittedly, it isn’t nearly as bad as their backup has performed. Joonas Korpisalo is 4-8-0 on the year with a .881 save percentage, allowing roughly 3.96 goals per game.

It won’t matter what Columbus does offensively if they allow their opponents easy looks at the net.

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