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Ottawa Senators at Columbus Blue Jackets
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 7:00 EDT
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio - Radio: WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Silver Seven Sens

Ottawa Senators, 26-33-11, 63 points, 6th Atlantic, 14th East
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Columbus Blue Jackets, 38-28-5, 81 points, 4th Metro, 8th East

Season Series

12/29/2017 CBJ 4 @ OTT 5
11/27/2017 CBJ 5 @ OTT 2

Every game’s big from here on out, and tonight’s no exception. The Blue Jackets have won their last six and face an Senators squad that’s playing for nothing but pride—and to extend their own win streak to four games.

Tonight marks the final meeting between Columbus and Ottawa this year, and the CBJ could pick up some much-needed ground in the playoff race with New Jersey, Florida and Philadelphia all in action today.

The Jackets haven’t had the toughest run over the last week or so and they’ve been able to earn two points against teams they should beat. That’s the story of tonight as well, and there’s no reason they can’t keep their hot offense going against one of the league’s worst defenses. That said, the Senators have bested Tampa Bay, Florida and Dallas to bring a boatload of confidence and momentum into Nationwide Arena.

With a road back-to-back against Boston and the New York Rangers on Monday and Tuesday, the CBJ need to take care of business tonight at home and spend Sunday resting for a crucial week ahead.

Stats Preview

Ottawa Category Columbus
Ottawa Category Columbus
2.77 (21) GPG 2.70 (25)
3.36 (30) GAPG 2.73 (9)
17.1% (26) PP% 15.2% (29)
75.5 (27) PK% 77.5% (25)
47.2% (28) EV Corsi % 51.5% (7)
99.3 (20) EV PDO 99.8 (16)
Mike Hoffman, 20 G Leader Artemi Panarin, 21
Erik Karlsson, 48 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 42
Mark Stone, 62 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 63
Mark Borowiecki, 58 PIM Leader Nick Foligno, 48
11-19-5 Home / Road 23-11-2
5-4-1 Last 10 8-2-0

Probable Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Sonny Milano Nick Foligno Oliver Bjorkstrand
Sonny Milano Alexander Wennberg Boone Jenner
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Mark Letestu
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Ryan Murray Jack Johnson
Ian Cole David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Ottawa Senators
Ryan Dzingel Matt Duchene Mike Hoffman
Bobby Ryan Jean-Gabriel Pageau Alexandre Burrows
Magnus Paajarvi Zack Smith Tom Pyatt
Max McCormick Jim O'Brien Erik Karlsson
Thomas Chabot Erik Karlsson
Ben Harpur Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki Fredrik Claesson
Mike Condon
Craig Anderson