The Ottawa Senators Can Win Because…
The Blue Jackets are coming off a couple of bad beats. Sure, they had won eight straight and are still on one of the best streaks in the NHL but losing at home to the Buffalo Sabres is unforgivable. That was the first time in a long time (possibly years) that the Blue Jackets had been favored by more than -200 on the NHL odds and they completely embarrassed themselves with a 5-2 loss. They then followed that up with a loss in Carolina.
Ottawa hasn’t been playing great but if the Blue Jackets can lose at home to Buffalo – a team that had won just four road games this season – the Sens can surely spring the minor upset for your NHL picks here.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Can Win Because….
They’ll get back on track. Their loss to Buffalo was egregious and Carolina has been playing well. It stings quite a bit as the Blue Jackets are fighting for their playoff lives and can’t afford to give away any freebies. However, those losses should motivate them to be much more focused here.
Ottawa has lost four of their last five games and simply can’t keep their opponents from scoring. The Sens have given up 19 goals in their last five. Columbus is averaging the third-most goals scored per game this month (3.55), so they should have no issues with the Senators.
Outlook & Pick
The Blue Jackets are clearly the play for your NHL picks here. Their loss to Buffalo will ensure that they’re focused here. Given the way the Sens have played defensively of late, they have no business getting your money. The Blue Jackets will get back on track with a win on Tuesday.
Pick: Blue Jackets -123 at Pinnacle