Columbus Blue Jackets vs Montreal Canadiens 11/17/22 NHL Picks, Predictions & Odds
Montreal Canadiens (8-7-1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (5-9-1)
November 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM EDT
The Line: Columbus Blue Jackets -156 / Montreal Canadiens +130; Over/Under: +6.5
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The Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets square off in NHL action at Nationwide Arena on Thursday. The Montreal Canadiens have split their last 10 games. The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost 6 of their last 8 games.
The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.94 goals per game and scoring on 15.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nick Suzuki leads Montreal with 10 goals, Kirby Dach has 10 assists and Cole Caufield has 61 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.31 goals per game and are killing 79.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 36 goals on 364 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 12 goals on 171 shots.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.87 goals per game and scoring on 10.5% of their power play opportunities. Johnny Gaudreau leads Columbus with 6 goals, Yegor Chinakhov has 6 assists and Boone Jenner has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 4.33 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Daniil Tarasov has allowed 14 goals on 131 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has allowed 36 goals on 265 shots.
The Canadiens are 14-37 in their last 51 road games and 31-72 in their last 103 overall. Blue Jackets are 0-4 in their last 4 games on 1 day’s rest and 2-6 in their last 8 games. Under is 6-1 in Canadiens last 7 road games. The over is 57-28-5 in the last 90 Blue Jackets. Canadiens are 1-7 in the last 8 meetings in Columbus and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings. The favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
I don’t run to the window to root for the Montreal Canadiens, especially on the road, but they’re playing the best hockey right now, and it’s hard to argue that they’re not the best team at this point in the season. The Columbus Blue Jackets are just a mess defensively, and it’s hard to get juice out of such a lousy defense. Also, there are only three teams in the league so far that have made more money than the Habs. Give me the road dog.
Randy Chambers Free Pick:
Montreal Canadiens +130
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