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Hockey odds preview - Ottawa vs. Columbus

Ottawa Senators

Columbus Blue Jackets
22-20-10 January 28, 2014, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 26-22-4

The visiting Senators hope for a solid performance on Tuesday as they look to steal a win at Nationwide Arena against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Blue Jackets bring a 26-22-4 record to the battle against the 22-20-10 Senators. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Columbus go 28-20-4 so far and the Senators go 30-21-1.

View Ottawa Senators vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 114 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including 5Dimes. The total opened at 5.5 for those preferring over under wagers, watch for the line updates during the day at Bovada.

The Odds Shark NHL Power Rankings have the Blue Jackets at No. 13 and the Senators at No. 18 heading into this contest.

The Senators were a 6-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Hurricanes. That made winners of bettors who got Carolina at -115 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors.

Columbus lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Hurricanes on January 27. Bettors who backed the Hurricanes at -116 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus's No. 9-ranked offense (2.92 goals per game) against a Senators defense that ranks No. 28 at 3.17 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 18.6% rate while the Senators have a 80.2% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Senators at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 7 games when playing Columbus
Ottawa is 2-3-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Columbus
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games when playing on the road against Columbus
Columbus is 8-1-1 SU in its last 10 games
Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games when playing Ottawa

Next up:
Ottawa home to Tampa Bay, Thursday, January 30th
Columbus home to Washington, Thursday, January 30th