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NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Ottawa Senators
Cam’s OT winner decided the last meeting between these teams
Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

This series with Ottawa this season has been weird. The first meeting was a shutout by the Senators in Nationwide Arena, yet the Blue Jackets outshot them 42-28. Three days later, the teams met again - this time in Ottawa - and it was all goals all the time. With Joonas Korpisalo in net, Ottawa scored three unanswered goals in the second, then Columbus responded with three straight in the third before Ottawa tied it. Cam Atkinson scored the winner in OT.

Ottawa finds themselves in the thick of the Atlantic Division playoff picture. They are current in second place, six pionts behind Montreal and two points ahead of Boston. Weirdly, to this point they have scored exactly as many goals as they have allowed.

The Senators have some familiar faces, with former Jackets Mark Methot and Derick Brassard, and former Buckeye Ryan Dzingel. They have a new face in Alex Burrows, who they acquired from Vancouver prior to the trade deadline and who scored both goals in a 2-1 in his Sens debut.

In CBJ roster news, T.J. Tynan was recalled from Cleveland on an emergency basis. Aaron Portzline reports that Brandon Dubinsky left practice yesterday, but Torts called it “maintenance.” After the debacle of last week, it’s refreshing to see the team carry that spare forward again. It is a well earned promotion for Tynan, if only a temporary one. He has been a hard worker in the pipeline and has developed into a key player for the Monsters. I hope the Notre Dame product makes the most of his opportunity.

Matt Calvert and Lukas Sedlak are both still out, though Portzline reported that they each skated apart from the team. Certainly new arrival Lauri Korpikoski will remain in the lineup. Kyle Quincey may make way for Markus Nutivaara to return, but Quincey played well enough in his Jackets debut that perhaps another defender will get a rest day instead (COUGHmurrayCOUGH)

Here’s what you need to know...

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 7:00 EST
Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Silver Seven

Columbus Blue Jackets, 40-16-6, 86 points, 2nd Metro, 2nd East

vs.

Ottawa Senators, 34-22-6, 74 points, 2nd Atlantic (more like AtLOLtic), 6th East

Season Series

01/19/17 OTT 2 @ CBJ 0
01/22/17 CBJ 7(OT) @ OTT 6
03/04/17 CBJ @ OTT

Stats

Ottawa Columbus
2.56 (19) GPG 3.19 (5)
2.61 (12) GAPG 2.34(3)
16.8% (24) PP% 21.5% (8)
82.3% (11) PK% 82.6% (10)
48.20% (22) EV Corsi % 50.49% (15)
99.2 (22) EV PDO 101.7 (4)
Mark Stone and Kyle Turris, 22 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 29
Erik Karlsson (he good), 45 A Leader Alexander Wennberg, 40
Erik Karlsson, 55 P Leader Cam Atkinson, 53
Mark Borowiecki, 105 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 64
17-10-6 Home / Road 17-7-5
6-4-0 Last 10 6-4-0

Projected Lineups

Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Nick Foligno Alexander Wennberg BJORKSTRAND
Brandon Saad Sam Gagner Scott Hartnell
Lauri Korpikoski William Karlsson Josh Anderson
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson David Savard
Ryan Murray Markus Nutivaara/Kyle Quincey
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Alex Burrows Derick Brassard Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman Zack Smith Kyle Turris
Ryan Dzingel Jean-Gabriel Pageau Tom Pyatt
Viktor Stalberg Chris Kelly Tommy Wingels
Mark Methot Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki Chris Wideman
Craig Anderson
Mike Condon