Montreal Canadiens (9-9-1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7-10-1)
November 23, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -116 / Montreal Canadiens -106; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Montreal Canadiens and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in NHL action from Nationwide Arena on Wednesday night.
The Montreal Canadiens will try to bounce back from their 7-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Tuesday’s matchup. Heading into Tuesday, Nick Suzuki has a team-high 23 points with 11 goals and 12 assists while Cole Caufield also has 19 points with 11 goals of his own and Kirby Dach has 16 points with 12 assists of his own on the year. Jake Allen is 6-6 with a 3.33 GAA and an .898 save percentage while Sam Montembault is 3-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and a .915 save percentage between the pipes for Montreal this season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look to build on their 5-3 win over the Florida Panthers in their last game. Johnny Gaudreau has a team-high 18 points with 7 goals and 11 assists while Boone Jenner has 14 points with a team-high 8 goals and Yegor Chinakhov has 10 points with 7 assists. Elvis Merzlikins has gone 2-5 with a 4.74 GAA and an .864 save percentage while Joonas Korpisalo is 3-1-1 with a 3.76 GAA and an .897 save percentage and Daniil Tarasov has gone 2-3 with a 3.46 GAA and an .906 save percentage in goal for Columbus this year.
Montreal is 1-4 in their last 5 games played on no rest and 3-14 in their last 17 games following a home loss by 3 or more goals while the over is 8-2 in their last 10 games played on no rest. Columbus is 1-7 in their last 8 games after scoring 5 goals or more in the previous game and 22-46 in their last 68 games following a win while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference.
I get the case to be made either way in this game, but I love the over here. Tuesday’s result was proof as to why I don’t trust Montreal’s goaltending, but on the other side, Columbus hasn’t been lockdown between the pipes either. The matchups in the past between these two have also been high scoring, so give me the over here once again.