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Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens - 2/26/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens (39-16-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (26-29-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +131 / Montreal Canadiens -145 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RDS, FSOH

The Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets play Thursday at the Nationwide Arena.

The Montreal Canadiens look to stay hot with wins in seven of their last 10 games. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have two power play goals in their last five games and have won four of their last five games when scoring at least three goals. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 29 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 24 assists and Alex Galchenyuk has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in 10 of their last 11 games. Carey Price has allowed 92 goals on 1,416 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 34 goals on 397 shots.

Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens - 2/26/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a win after losing four of their last six games. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have zero power play goals in their last four games and have won five of their last eight games when scoring three goals. Nick Foligno leads Columbus with 23 goals, Ryan Johansen has 32 assists and Scott Hartnell has 141 shots on goal. Defensively, the Blue Jackets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Curtis McElhinney has allowed 62 goals on 753 shots faced and Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 91 goals on 1,044 shots.

The Canadiens are 10-2 in their last 12 road games and 22-9 in their last 31 overall. The Blue Jackets are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-2 in their last 9 Thursday games. The Canadiens are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

It's hard not to back the Montreal Canadiens in this spot, as they've not only beaten the Blue Jackets in recent meetings and have been crushing things on the road as of late. 

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Montreal Canadiens -145

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