Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 19, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets +105 / Montreal Canadiens -125 -- Over/Under: 6
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Centre Bell.
The Columbus Blue Jackets look for a victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Cam Atkinson leads Columbus with 32 goals, Artemi Panarin has 43 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 130 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Sergei Bobrovsky has given up 115 goals on 1,202 shots faced and Joonas Korpisalo has allowed 50 goals on 507 shots. The Columbus Blue Jackets have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 13.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 23 goals, Max Domi has 32 assists and Jonathan Drouin has 155 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 113 goals on 1,340 shots faced and Antti Niemi has allowed 57 goals on 515 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in their last 4 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Canadiens are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite, 5-2 in their last 7 games as a home favorite and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The over is 4-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 5 road games. The under is 9-4 in Canadiens last 13 home games. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have won their last four road games and have done well lately rebounding from a loss. The Montreal Canadiens are in a bit of a funk where the offense isn't producing, but it's only a matter of time before they get back on track and they've done well in the favorite role lately. Throw in the rest advantage and the home ice, and the Montreal Canadiens and the cheap price feels like the play here.