Free NHL Picks Today: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Ottawa Senators 4/2/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Columbus Blue Jackets vs Ottawa Senators 4/2/23
Sun 2nd April 2023

The Columbus Blue Jackets (+150) will be looking to snap their losing streak when they host the Ottawa Senators (-180) at Nationwide Arena on Sunday. The total is 7 (O: +110, U: -130)Both teams will be playing on back-to-back days. The Senators are 6-5 without rest, while the Blue Jackets are 3-12.

Ottawa (37-34-5) is coming off a 3-0 loss against the Maple Leafs yesterday. The Senators committed only one penalty in the game, holding Toronto without a power play goal.

Mads Sogaard started in the loss and only had 13 saves on 16 shots against (.812%).Columbus (23-44-8) lost for the fourth straight game, falling 7-0 to the Panthers yesterday. Michael Hutchinson only had 42 saves on 49 shots against (.857%) in the loss.


The Senators have won both games between the teams this season, including a 5-2 victory in their most recent meeting in March, their third straight win against Columbus. Five players had two points for Ottawa. Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine were on the scoresheet for Columbus. Cam Talbot got the win, saving 19 of 21 shots (.904%).


Ottawa is averaging 3.14 goals per game for the season, 19th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Blue Jackets team that is allowing 3.99 goals a game (31st). Meanwhile, Columbus has found the net 2.64 times a game on average, 30th in the league, and the Senators are allowing opponents to score 3.24 goals per game (18th).

Don’t be surprised to see several power play opportunities for the Blue Jackets, as the Senators are averaging 4.59 penalties per game, most in the NHL. The visitors’ 11.67 penalty minutes a game ranks second-highest. The home team has been penalized 3.51 times a game (22nd) for an average of 7.95 minutes (25th).

The Senators’ 24.64% power play percentage ranks sixth in the league, while the Blue Jackets are 25th with a conversion rate of 18.23%. In terms of penalty killing, Ottawa has the league’s ninth-ranked PK% at 82.16%, while Columbus is 22nd at 75.57%.


With 84 and 78 points this season, Tim Stuetzle and Brady Tkachuk have been the top skaters for the Senators. In the net, Talbot (16-14-1) is Ottawa’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.86 GAA and a .902% save percentage.

Johnny Gaudreau leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 69 points. He has 19 goals and 50 assists in 73 games. Joonas Korpisalo (15-13-4) has the best goals against average for Columbus at 2.89.

He has a save percentage of .915%. Elvis Merzlikins (7-18-2) has played the most games in net for the Blue Jackets this season. He has a 4.23 GAA and a .876% save percentage.


Ottawa is 15-20-2 on the road this season. Columbus is 14-21-2 at home this season.

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Columbus Blue Jackets (+150)

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