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Habs can continue climb in standings with win vs Jackets

Almost a month ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets had this game against Montreal circled on the calendar as an easy win. Fast-forward to today and the Jackets have dropped four of their last five games and will now face off against a surging Canadiens team that has gone 6-2 SU in its last eight games. The Habs have won four of their last six at the Bell Centre and opened as -106 favorites.

SHARK BITES
  • The Blue Jackets are 4-1 SU in their last five games against the Canadiens.
  • The Canadiens are 4-17 ATS in their last 21 games.
  • Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren has a 1.24 goals-against average and .964 save percentage in four starts.

The Habs were pretty much rock-bottom three weeks into the season. They were 2-8 SU and the Montreal media was calling for GM Marc Bergevin’s job. So, what changed? Well, the Canadiens defence has improved dramatically, holding teams to 2.7 goals per game in the last 10 and going 7-3 SU. And all of this with goaltender Carey Price only playing two of those 10 games. I don’t think anyone is calling for Charlie Lindgren or Al Montoya to take Price’s job but it’s hard to ignore the Habs’ performance without their all-world netminder. Bettors should seriously consider the Canadiens moneyline in this one and ride the streak.

Columbus, on the other hand, started the season hot going 5-1 SU in their first six games and looking to build on their success from last season. But since November started, the Jackets have dropped four of the last six and are 1-3 SU in their last four on the road. They did break their four-game losing streak by edging the Red Wings on Saturday but bettors may want to look elsewhere when placing their wagers in this matchup.

The total opened at 5.5 and fans shouldn’t expect a shootout in this one. The total has gone UNDER the last two times these teams faced each other and has gone UNDER in four of Montreal’s last five games at home.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Montreal Canadiens as -110 favorites earlier today. The OVER/UNDER opened at 5.5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 3.1-2.5 win for the Canadiens. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Montreal Canadiens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Canadiens sit at 8-9-1 on the season; in comparison, the Columbus Blue Jackets are currently 10-7-1. Looking to wager on the totals? Montreal is 10-7-1 OU, and Columbus is 9-9 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Montreal vs Columbus injuries news.

The Blue Jackets-Canadiens odds would favor the Canadiens if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Montreal is rated No. 18 in the current OddsShark poll, while Columbus is at No. 23.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Montreal Canadiens' No. 27-ranked offense (2.56 goals per game) against a Columbus Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 10 at 2.78 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 16.42% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 80.43% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last action, Columbus was a 2-1 winner on the road against the Red Wings. Bettors on Columbus at -127 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Last time out for Montreal, they were a 2-1 winner as they battled the Sabres at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at -228 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Columbus is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Columbus is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Columbus is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Columbus's last 7 games on the road
  • Montreal is 4-17 ATS in its last 21 games
  • Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games
  • Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Columbus home to New York, Friday, November 17
Montreal home to Arizona, Thursday, November 16

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