Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets 1/3/23 NHL Picks, Predictions, Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost 7 of their last 8 games. The Ottawa Senators have split their last 8 games.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 11 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 27 assists and Patrik Laine has 72 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4 goals per game and are killing 77.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 40 goals on 452 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 55 goals on 403 shots.

The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 27.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Claude Giroux leads Ottawa with 15 goals, Brady Tkachuk has 25 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Anton Forsberg has allowed 49 goals on 546 shots faced, and Cam Talbot has given up 55 goals on 616 shots.

The Blue Jackets are 18-47 in their last 65 road games and 16-38 in their last 54 overall. The Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 20-46 in their last 66 Tuesday games. The under is 13-4 in Blue Jackets last 17 overall. The under is 20-7 in Senators last 27 overall. The Blue Jackets are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The favorite is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are going nowhere fast with a defense that’s one of the worst in the league, and they’ve had no success on the road dating back to last year. The Ottawa Senators have quietly put together some nice wins as of late, and they’re far and away the more trustworthy side here, the better team at both ends. Give me the Senators at home and the reasonable price.

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