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Columbus goes for sixth straight win; Ottawa tries to end losing streak

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

SENATORS (8-6-6) at BLUE JACKETS (14-7-1)

7 p.m. ET; FS-O, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV


The Game

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to extend their winning streak to six games when they host the Ottawa Senators at Nationwide Arena on Friday. It is their longest streak since winning a franchise-record 16 straight from Nov. 29, 2016, to Jan. 3, 2017.

Columbus has scored seven goals in regulation during the five-game winning streak.

The Senators seek to end a four -game losing streak. They are 0-3-1 since returning from the SAP NHL Global Series in Stockholm on Nov. 10 and 11, having been outscored 14-5.


Players to watch

Center Matt Duchene has no points and is minus-8 in six games with the Senators since being acquired in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5.

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has shutouts in two of the past three games, including 22 saves in a 1-0 overtime win against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. He has a 0.78 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage in his past five games.


They said it

"I've seen him for a while when I played here. He's a very talented goalie. He likes to play low in the net. Hopefully we'll go upstairs and disrupt him a little bit. -- Senators forward Ryan Dzingel, who played three seasons with Ohio State in Columbus

"In the early part of the year, we've been involved in a lot of close games. I think we've handled ourselves well." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on their 8-0-1 record in one-goal games


Senators projected lineup

Tom Pyatt -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan

Ryan Dzingel -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Alexandre Burrows

Nick Paul -- Nate Thompson -- Gabriel Dumont

Ben Harpur -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Johnny Oduya -- Thomas Chabot

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Fredrik Claesson

Injured: Mark Borowiecki (concussion), Zack Smith (thumb), Chris Wideman (groin)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Josh Anderson

Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson

Sonny Milano -- Nick Foligno -- Oliver Bjorkstrand

Tyler Motte -- Lukas Sedlak -- Jordan Schroeder

Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones

Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara

Jack Johnson -- David Savard

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Scott Harrington, Markus Hannikainen

Injured: Matt Calvert (upper body), Alexander Wennberg (undisclosed)


Status report

Harpur replaces Claesson for more physicality. … Wennberg will miss his fifth straight game. ... Dumont, acquired on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, will make his Senators debut.


Stat pack

The Senators have allowed 30 or fewer shots on goal in nine of their past 10 games. … Ottawa is 2-for-24 on its power play in its past seven games with the two goals coming against the Avalanche on Nov. 11. … Burrows is one assist shy of 200 in his NHL career. … The Blue Jackets have scored first in six straight games.

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