Montreal Canadiens (9-0-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (4-3-1)
|Date & Time||Friday November 4, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +118 / Montreal Canadiens -147 --- Over/Under:
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The Montreal Canadiens look to stay undefeated as they take to the road to face off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
The Canadiens look to move to 10-0 with a road win on Friday night as they head into Columbus to face off with a Blue Jackets side who is a surprising 4-3-1 to start the season and has a strong goaltender in their own right in Sergei Bobrovsky. Montreal has run the table to start the season and look like the contenders many thought we would see this year as Carey Price is back in the cage and the team is playing a very complete game with contributions coming from up and down the roster. Montreal will turn to Al Montoya in this one who is already 3-0-1 with a 1.47 GAA this season in relief of Price and with the Habs in the front end of a back to back here they will go with their back up as Price will start at home against Philly on Saturday.
The Blue Jackets meanwhile are off to a pretty serviceable start to the season as many projected this would be another basement dweller season for the Jackets as they don’t have an overly deep roster. However, their defense and goaltending have been strong and the offense led by Nick Foligno has done their part as well and if they can continue to play a sound style in their own end I think Bobrovsky is more than capable of carrying this team towards a wild card spot. However, they are in tough here against a Montreal side that even with their back up in net is very dangerous as Montoya isn’t your typical second stringer and could very well be starting for a few teams.
The Canadiens are 6-0 in their last six against the East and 13-3 in their last 16 overall while the Jackets are 4-1 in their last five Friday games and 3-12 in their last 15 on two days rest. This is the type of game where Montreal is going to lose their first – against a weaker opponent on the road with a home date the following night. But I can’t pull the trigger quite yet as Montoya is legit and should keep the Jackets at bay.