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Game #32 Preview/Gamethread: Hoping for a less boring game this time vs. the Senators

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That last game was a snooze fest.

Ottawa Senators v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 1:00 EST
Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Silver Seven

Columbus Blue Jackets (12-14-5, 7th Metro, 13th Eastern)

vs.

Ottawa Senators (13-17-2, 7th Atlantic, 14th Eastern)

On November 25, the Jackets beat the Senators 1-0 in an incredibly boring, slow-paced game — is that what we should expect today? It’s hard to say, based on the last two games.

The Jackets have had an interesting week — a resounding and unprecedented 5-2 win against the Capitols on Monday was promising, but the 0-0 regulation game against the Penguins (and their backup goalie) that resulted in an OT loss in Pittsburgh was disheartening. In fact, John Tortorella said he had never been so embarrassed for the team or for the organization than he was on Thursday night.

Is it going to be the turning point that the Jackets so desperately need in order to end their current scoring drought? Or is it just another game that exemplifies the trend in which the Jackets are stuck this season? Today’s game will be a good indicator.

Player to Watch:

Pierre-Luc Dubois. Despite being the team leader in goals this season, we haven’t seen him produce as much lately. Whether this is due to fatigue or lack of help from his teammates, it will be huge when he steps up and starts scoring regularly.

The Other Bench:

The Senators are having a very similar season to the Blue Jackets right now. Weirdly similar, in fact. They beat the Bruins this week 5-2 in a satisfying win, and then lost to Montreal in OT. It will be interesting to see who shows up to play today in a match that, I believe, will boil down into a game where we see who wants it more.

Season Series:

11/25/2019 OTT 0 @ CBJ 1
12/14/2019 CBJ @ OTT
2/24/2020 OTT @ CBJ

Stats

Ottawa Columbus
2.69 (22) GPG 2.45 (29)
3.09 (12) GAPG 3.00 (15)
9.8% (31) PP% 18.0% (18)
82.0% (14) PK% 79.5% (20)
48.54% (23) 5v5 Corsi % 50.40% (13)
49.7% (16) 5v5 Fenwick % 52.2% (6)
8.3 (13) 5v5 Shot % 6.4 (30)
.920 (15) 5v5 Save % .922 (13)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau,
16
G Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois,
10
Thomas Chabot,
17
A Leader Seth Jones,
13
Jean-Gabriel Pageau,
23
P Leader Gustav Nyquist,
19
Mark Borowiecki
31
PIM Leader Pierre-Luc Dubois,
27
8-5-0 Home / Road 4-6-4
3-6-1 Last 10 3-6-1

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets

Sonny Milano Pierre-Luc Dubois Oliver Bjorkstrand
Nick
Foligno
Boone Jenner Josh Anderson
Gustav Nyquist Alexandre Texier Cam Atkinson
Alexander Wennberg Riley
Nash
Eric Robinson
Dean Kukan Seth Jones
Ryan Murray David Savard
Vladislav Gavrikov Andrew Peeke
Joonas Korpisalo
Elvis Merzlikins

Ottawa Senators

Brady Tkachuk Jean-Gabriel Pageau Connor
Brown
Vladislav Namestnikov Chris Tierney Anthony Duclair
Tyler Ennis Artem Anisimov Colin White
Nick Paul Logan Brown Jonathan Davidsson
Thomas Chabot Ron Hainsey
Mark Borowiecki Nikita Zaitsev
Maxime Lajoie Cody Goloubef
Anders Nilsson
Marcus Hogberg