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Hockey odds preview - Montreal vs. Columbus

Montreal Canadiens

Columbus Blue Jackets
9-8-2 November 15, 2013, 07:00 PM | Nationwide Arena 6-10-2

Hockey bettors look for value at Nationwide Arena on Friday as host Columbus battles the Montreal Canadiens in hockey odds action.

Columbus battles the Canadiens, currently with a 9-8-2 mark. The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 8-7-3 for the Blue Jackets and 5-13-1 for the Canadiens.

View Montreal Canadiens vs Columbus Blue Jackets Odds and Stats.

The Blue Jackets were listed earlier today as 110 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 5.

The Blue Jackets - Canadiens odds would favor the Canadiens if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Columbus is rated No. 12 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Montreal is at No. 6.

Montreal was a 2-1 loser in its last match at home against the Lightning. They lost as -182 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Columbus was a 3-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Bruins. They lost as +165 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of PUSH bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Columbus's No. 21-ranked offense (2.56 goals per game) against a Canadiens defense that ranks No. 4 at 2.21 goals per game allowed. The Blue Jackets powerplay has clicked at a 17.46% rate while the Canadiens have a 85.92% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Canadiens at Blue Jackets trends to consider:
Montreal is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Montreal's last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Montreal's last 8 games on the road
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Columbus
Columbus is 1-6-1 SU in its last 8 games
Columbus is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games at home
Columbus is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal

Next up:
Montreal home to New York, Saturday, November 16th
Columbus at Ottawa, Sunday, November 17th