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NHL Game Preview - Blue Jackets underdogs vs Canadiens at Montreal

Columbus Blue Jackets

Montreal Canadiens
2-3-0 October 17, 2013, 07:30 PM | Bell Centre 4-2-0

The Montreal Canadiens battle the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday in NHL betting action at Bell Centre.

The Canadiens bring a 4-2-0 record to the battle against the 2-3-0 Blue Jackets. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Montreal go 1-5 so far and the Blue Jackets go 1-3-1.

View Columbus Blue Jackets vs Montreal Canadiens Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Canadiens in this one found them earlier as -163 Favorite on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

It's a hockey betting matchup between the No. 2-rated Canadiens and the No. 14-ranked Blue Jackets, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Columbus was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Red Wings. They lost as +107 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

The Canadiens were a 3-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Jets. That made winners of bettors who got Montreal at -120 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Montreal's No. 9-ranked offense (3.33 goals per game) against a Blue Jackets defense that ranks No. 8 at 2.4 goals per game allowed. The Canadiens powerplay has clicked at a 26.92% rate while the Blue Jackets have a 85.71% rate on the penalty kill.

A few Blue Jackets at Canadiens trends to consider:
Columbus is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 5 games
Columbus is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Columbus's last 6 games on the road
Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Montreal is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games
Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Columbus at Washington, Saturday, October 19th
Montreal at Nashville, Saturday, October 19th