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Columbus faces Ottawa, aims to end 3-game skid

April 21, 2022 GMT

Ottawa Senators (29-41-7, seventh in the Atlantic) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (35-36-6, sixth in the Metropolitan)

Columbus, Ohio; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Columbus comes into the matchup against Ottawa as losers of three games in a row.

The Blue Jackets are 20-24-2 against conference opponents. Columbus is seventh in the Eastern Conference averaging 3.2 goals per game, led by Patrik Laine with 26.

The Senators are 18-21-6 in Eastern Conference play. Ottawa averages 9.9 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the Eastern Conference. Brady Tkachuk leads the team serving 115 total minutes.

In their last meeting on March 16, Columbus won 4-1. Jack Roslovic scored a team-high two goals for the Blue Jackets in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Laine has 56 total points for the Blue Jackets, 26 goals and 30 assists. Roslovic has seven goals and two assists over the last 10 games for Columbus.

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Josh Norris leads the Senators with 33 goals and has 51 points. Tkachuk has five goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Ottawa.

LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 3-6-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 5.2 assists, 3.5 penalties and eight penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .911 save percentage.

Senators: 5-4-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.4 assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.5 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .905 save percentage.

INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Joonas Korpisalo: out for season (hip), Patrik Laine: day to day (upper-body), Zach Werenski: day to day (upper-body), Yegor Chinakhov: day to day (upper body).

Senators: Mathieu Joseph: out (undisclosed), Colin White: out (covid-19 protocol), Matt Murray: out (neck).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.