National Hockey League
Preview
Columbus at Ottawa
When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 22, 2017
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to post back-to-back victories for the first time since their franchise-record 16-game winning streak when they visit the Ottawa Senators on Sunday. Columbus was outshot badly in the final two periods Saturday but received 35 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky in a 3-2 triumph over Carolina that improved the club to 4-5-0 over the nine contests following the streak.

The Blue Jackets registered just 20 shots in the victory, but two of Scott Hartnell’s found the back of the net as the top four scorers on the team were kept off the scoresheet. The Senators will go for their second win over Columbus within a week after knocking off the Blue Jackets 2-0 on Thursday and continue to be one of the league’s biggest surprises this season. Ottawa has won three straight and five of its last six contests after rallying for a 3-2 shootout victory Saturday at Toronto. The Senators hold down second place in the Atlantic Division by two points over Boston and have five games in hand on the Bruins.

TV: 5 p.m. ET, FSN Ohio (Columbus), TSN5, RDS2 (Ottawa)

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (31-10-4): Brandon Saad’s point drought reached five games while captain Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg have not landed on the scoresheet in any of the last four contests. Cam Atkinson went without a point Saturday but leads the team with 43 overall, and Markus Hannikainen replaced Matt Calvert up front before notching his first NHL goal. Defensemen David Savard and Markus Nutivaara were out of Saturday's lineup with undisclosed injuries, but their replacements, Dalton Prout (two) and Scott Harrington (one), combined to register three points.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (25-15-4): Right wing Bobby Ryan was scratched for disciplinary reasons on Jan. 7 against Washington but has come back strong, scoring three goals in six games since - including one on Saturday that came before he converted in the shootout. Mike Hoffman has recorded five goals in the last six games after his tally with 1:11 left in regulation Saturday tied him with Mark Stone for second on the team at 15 – one behind team leader Kyle Turris. Captain Erik Karlsson notched an assist against Toronto to push his team-best total to 38 points while fellow defenseman Mark Borowiecki sat out his second straight game due to illness.

OVERTIME

1. The Senators have won six of the last eight meetings, including a 3-0 shutout in the last game at Ottawa.

2. Bobrovsky has allowed just six goals in his last four games but could sit in the finale of the team's back-to-back set in favor of G Joonas Korpisalo.

3. Ottawa G Mike Condon has won five of his last six starts, including the 42-save shutout against the Blue Jackets on Thursday.

PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 4, Senators 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Columbus 31-10-3-1 W1 18-5-1-0 13-5-2-1 4-0-0-0 27-10-3-1 8-3-0-0
Ottawa 25-15-3-1 W3 13-7-3-1 12-8-0-0 0-2-1-0 25-13-2-1 7-6-1-0
Last Meeting
Columbus Ottawa
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/19/17 OTT 2 CLB 0 42 26 0-3 28 42 0-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Columbus V. Abramov 0
Ottawa D. Brassard 1
Goals Player  
Columbus V. Abramov 0
Ottawa R. Dzingel 1
Assists Player  
Columbus V. Abramov 0
Ottawa D. Brassard 1
Saves Player  
Columbus S. Bobrovsky 26
Ottawa M. Condon 42
Season
Total Points Player  
Columbus C. Atkinson 47
Ottawa E. Karlsson 39
Goals Player  
Columbus C. Atkinson 21
Ottawa M. Hoffman 18
Assists Player  
Columbus A. Wennberg 31
Ottawa E. Karlsson 32
Saves Player  
Columbus S. Bobrovsky 1042
Ottawa C. Anderson 617
Quickchart Matchup
Columbus Off vs  Ottawa Def
3.24 GF
2.55 GA
30.4 Shots
30.5 Shots
33 PP
25 PK
Ottawa Off vs  Columbus Def
2.55 GF
2.2 GA
28.7 Shots
29.8 Shots
24 PP
21 PK