Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens - 1/25/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Montreal Canadiens (24-20-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (17-27-5)
NHL Hockey: Monday, January 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +110 / Montreal Canadiens -121 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RDS, FSOH
The Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets meet Monday night at the Nationwide Arena.
The Montreal Canadiens haven’t won back-to-back games since November. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power plays. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 19 goals, Tomas Plekanec has 25 assists and Brendan Gallagher has 100 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their power play chances. Mike Condon has allowed 71 goals on 760 shots faced and Carey Price has given up 24 goals on 365 shots. Condon has allowed nine goals in his last three games.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 17.2 percent of their power plays. Scott Hartnell leads Columbus with 16 goals, Cam Atkinson has 14 assists and Brandon Saad has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their power play chances. Sergei Bobrovsky has allowed 67 goals on 753 shots faced and Curtis McElhinney has given up 39 goals on 349 shots. McElhinney has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
The Canadiens are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-10 in their last 13 road games. The Blue Jackets are 8-20 in their last 28 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Canadiens are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Columbus and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings overall.
Neither team is playing great hockey and they've both been fade material for the last several weeks. However, the Canadiens are the better team and they have to win back-to-back games eventually. I'll side with Montreal and the reasonable price.