CBJ Look To Take Advantage Of Mini Home Stretch: Face The Ottawa Senators Tonight

The Columbus Blue Jackets (30-9-4) will face the Ottawa Senators (23-15-4) tonight at Nationwide Arena.  The puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 7:00 PM ET.

 

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.  

 

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