Here are eight things to know before the game starts:
- The Senators have won three of their last four games heading into tonight and have a record of 7-4-1 in their last 12 games.
- Ottawa’s visit to Columbus marks the second of a current three-game road trip.
- Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets will have their second of a current three-game homestand. Each club is coming off a victory in their previous game.
- Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson has 29 assists, good for second overall among defenders in the National Hockey League. Karlsson is riding a three-game point streak with a combined four assists in previous three appearances. However, the flu bug is going around and Karlsson might not be playing this evening.
- Watch for CBJ centers Alexander Wennberg and Sam Gagner as they try to get back on track. Wennberg is goalless in nine-straight appearances, while Gagner has’t put the puck in the back of the net in his last 11 games played.
- We’ll see if Cam Atkinson can keep his point-per-game pace going tonight. He’s got 43 points (21 goals and 22 assists) through 43 games (as well as games played) this season.
- Ottawa is 21st in the NHL, only averaging 2.57 goals per game. However, they’re coming off a six-goal performance against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
- Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to get the start in net for the Jackets this evening. He’s 16-3-0 at home this season, saving 94% of shots on goal thus far along with a 1.79 goals allowed average at Nationwide Arena during his campaign.
The Ottawa Senators are right in the thick of things in the eastern-conference playoff race. However, when Bob’s in net at NWA the Blue Jackets have been tough to beat. Expect that trend to continue. Otherwise, Columbus might be in trouble.