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Columbus Blue Jackets @ Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators only have 49 points in the NHL standings. That means that at this late stage of the season, they are basically a write-off for the playoffs. It also means that they might be more interested in doing well in the 2019 NHL Draft. The motto of that draft this year is "Lose for Hughes" as Jack Hughes is the touted projected No. 1 pick. The more you lose, the better your chances of landing him.

Ottawa lost to New Jersey on Thursday night 4-0 as several players sat out. That could mean that some key players are on the auction block as Ottawa will probably be selling off decent role players. When a team is planning to trade someone, they commonly sit the player to avoid injury.

Ottawa's management clearly appears to be elsewhere besides winning individual hockey games in the immediate future. The Columbus Blue Jackets will roll into Ottawa on Friday night. Not only is Ottawa going to be tired from playing on Thursday but the Blue Jackets are actually an excellent road team. Despite their overall mediocrity, Columbus is 18-10-1 as visitors.

Better take the Blue Jackets on the moneyline here. They are priced at $1.50 with Ladbrokes, pretty short odds for a team that is on the road in the NHL. Seems that the punters and oddsetters out there might be wise to the situation at hand. However, $1.50 still isn't too short to take.

Futures


The Philadelphia Flyers have a young goaltender that has been logging big minutes of late. It's entirely possible that this goalie, one Carter Hart, has off-the-charts talent. He has posted amazing numbers to start his career and he is just 20 years old. If his talent is legit and he does not get injured, then Philadelphia's betting odds to win the Eastern Conference playoffs this spring could have immense value.

Firstly, let's look at Hart's stats in the NHL. There is not a ton to go by as his 2018/19 stats are his career stats. But he was called up in December and in 16 games he has gone 10-5-1. That is a record that the previously bottom-dwelling Philadelphia Flyers will easily accept. His save percentage is a solid .925 and his goals-against average is 2.48. Those are good enough averages to get shortlisted for the Vezina, although Hart is not in serious contention due to limited playing time, which is in turn due to his mid-season call-up.

Carter has been instrumental in Philadelphia's current 8-game winning streak. While he does not have a shut-out in that time frame, he has been more than equal to numerous shellings. For instance, he saved 39 of 42 shots against the Boston Bruins for a 4-3 victory on January 16th.

The Flyers may be too far back to catch the division leaders in the Metro. Even if they keep winning, there are many teams to leapfrog. However, if Hart doesn't get injured then Philadelphia is highly probable to make the playoffs. Once in the post-season, history has shown that it's anyone's Cup as low seeds commonly beat the higher ones in the NHL. History has also shown that a team can win their conference with little more than a razor-sharp goalie and a few adept forwards. Take the Flyers to win their conference at betting odds of $101.00 with William Hill.



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