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Blue Jackets vs Canadiens Hockey Game Preview

Columbus Blue Jackets

Montreal Canadiens
34-26-6 March 20, 2014, 07:30 PM | Bell Centre 38-25-7

The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to grab a road win when they take on the Canadiens in Montreal at Bell Centre on Thursday in hockey odds action.

The Canadiens bring a 38-25-7 record to the battle against the 35-27-6 Blue Jackets. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Montreal go 24-36-10 so far and the Blue Jackets go 35-29-4. View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

Hockey odds makers at 5Dimes opened the Canadiens as -142 moneyline Favorite in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 5.5 at BetOnline.

According to new NHL Power Rankings here, it's the No. 21-ranked Canadiens and the No. 13-rated Blue Jackets in this matchup.

In their last action, Columbus was a 3-1 loser at home against the Hurricanes. Bettors on Carolina at +168 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Montreal was a 6-3 winner in its last match at home against the Avalanche. They won as -129 favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Montreal's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 2.57 goals per game, against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 15 at 2.75 goals allowed. The Canadiens power play is averaging 18.83% while the Blue Jackets defense kills off 81.93% of their penalties.

Next up:
Columbus home to New York, Friday, March 21st
Montreal at Toronto, Saturday, March 22nd