Prediction for Ottawa Senators - Columbus Blue Jackets 14 February 2024
On the 14th of February, a match between the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets will take place as part of the next game day in the NHL. The meeting will start at 03:00 Moscow time. Outsiders of the Eastern Conference will compete with each other and in a match of equal opponents it is not easy to identify a clear favourite. Who will be able to improve their standings at the end of this meeting?
🏒 Tentative lineups for the Ottawa-Columbus match:
Ottawa : Korpisalo (Mandolisi) - Szabo, Tooth - Tkachak, Norris, Batterson
"Columbus": Merzlikins (Tarasov) - Werenski, Boqvist - Gaudreau, Jenner, Marchenko
Ottawa: Forsberg, Sanderson
"Columbus": Chinakhov, Fantilli, Line
Ottawa's Anton Forsberg and Jake Sanderson should be back in action any day now, so their participation in this meeting is likely.
And Columbus' injury problems will not be resolved for this game. Egor Chinakhov and Adam Fantilli are tentatively out until the second half of February and the end of March, respectively. Patrik Laine won't be able to help for personal reasons, possibly until the very end of the regular season, and all of the Blue Jackets' losses do a lot to weaken the team's offensive potential.
📊 Statistical preview for Ottawa vs. Columbus:
- The team playing at home has won four of the last five head-to-head matchups. Bet on Ottawa to win for 1.88.
- Ottawa averages 7.00 goals per game, while Columbus averages 6.62. Let's bet on total over (6.5) for 2.00.
Ottawa remains strictly a home team and recent meetings only confirm this trend. The team is not bad offensively, but the overall game imbalance does not allow to count on something big. Although the Senators have looked fresh and interesting in recent games. The team will not break into the playoff race, so they can act more relaxed.
Despite the very high potential, based on the players available, Columbus has had a disappointing season. The leaders have performed very poorly and the team's defence has been very poor. They will not compete for the playoffs, but they can demonstrate their skills.
⚔️Ottawa vs Columbus:
The teams have met once this season in December and Columbus won 4-2 at home. The teams played three times last season. Ottawa picked up two wins, while the Blue Jackets were only able to take one meeting, and that was at home.
📋 Prediction for the match Ottawa Senators - Columbus Blue Jackets:
We expect very open and productive hockey from this match. The teams are much stronger offensively than defensively and both opponents prove it with enviable regularity. Both teams are capable of generating a lot of chances. We expect the most intensity in the second period, as this is the most productive stretch of the game for both teams. The home team is scoring an average of 1.2 pucks, while the visitors are scoring 1.0. The change at the far bench causes additional difficulties to the already not the most reliable defensive lines, so we can safely place our bets that they will both score (yes) in the 2nd period for 1.99.
With Columbus' losses before this game affecting the offensive line, the visitors' variation may drop slightly, but it won't affect the danger level much. Ottawa has the main forces in the lineup and the home ice factor is incredibly important for the team. In home games, the Senators hockey players significantly increase their offensive performance, which is reflected in the goals scored. Against Columbus' not-so-skilled defence, we expect the home team to at least repeat their average. Bet on Ottawa's individual total over (3.5) for 1.86..