The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Saturday night. Let’s dive into the odds, injuries, matchup history and make a prediction for this game.
Montreal is listed as a -130 home favorite while Columbus is a +110 road underdog. The total for this game is 6 goals.
For Columbus, Mathieu Olivier is out for this game while Erik Gudbranson remains out indefinitely and Nick Blankenburg is questionable for this game with a lower body injury. Patrik Laine is also out until late April with a tricep issue. For Montreal, Kaiden Guhle and Josh Anderson are both out for the year with ankle injuries while Jesse Yionen is questionable with an illness and Joel Armia is out until early April with an infection.
Montreal’s 3-1 win back on November 23rd, 2022, snapped Columbus’ six-game head-to-head win streak in this matchup.
Columbus is 15-37 in their last 52 games overall and 13-38 in their last 51 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Atlantic division. Montreal is 1-5 in their last 6 home games and 29-62 in their last 91 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the Metropolitan division.
I’m backing Montreal at home here. Not a game I’m rushing to bet between two teams that are playing out the string and are basically counting down the days until the season is over, but Montreal tends to play their better hockey at home while the Columbus Blue Jackets have been the worst team in the league this season and every win at this point going forward does more harm than good for their draft positioning. I’ll side with Montreal at home here.