The Columbus Blue Jackets (31-10-4) head to Canada’s capital city to take on the Ottawa Senators (25-15-4) for the second time in four days on Sunday. Puck drop is scheduled for shortly after 5:00 PM ET.
With each team playing their second game in less than 24 hours, the Blue Jackets and Senators will meet at the Canadian Tire Centre for an early-evening affair on Sunday. The Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes while the Senators defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in a shootout on Saturday night.
Here are eight nuggets to get you prepared for the matchup:
- The Senators have won three games in a row and five of their last six.
- Both the Jackets and Senators started their primary goaltenders on Saturday night. Whether this means both backups start Sunday remains to be seen.
- Sens netminder Mike Condon has started every game for the team since December 7th (18 straight), including the 2-0 shutout against the Jackets in Columbus on Thursday.
- The CBJ are still looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since their 16-game win streak ended.
- Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson has six assists in his last five games. He ranks fourth in the National Hockey League in that category on the season.
- The Blue Jackets have killed off 20 of their last 21 penalties and have the 7th-ranked penalty-kill unit in the NHL.
- Since the CBJ winning streak ended, the club’s remained atop the league in power-play percentage, but has only converted on three of their last 30 man-advantage opportunities.
- Ottawa is returning home from a perfect road trip when they went 3-0-0 against the St. Louis Blues, CBJ and Toronto Maple Leafs. However, the Sens lost their most-recent game in the Canadian Tire Centre to the Maple Leafs and will look to gain an edge in their home building once again today.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were able to snag four of a possible six points at home earlier this week. Now they’ll have to find their inner road-warrior mentality as their next five games will be away from Nationwide Arena. We’ll see if the squad can get off to a hot start later this afternoon.