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Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets

NHL Hockey: Friday January 18, 2019, 7:00 PM (Barclays Center)

Moneyline: Columbus -177 / Montreal +145

Over/Under: 6

 ESPN NHL Pick Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Canadiens visit the Blue Jackets for today’s NHL action

Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens come into the game with 3 successive wins under their belt, the latest of which came against the  Florida(5-1) at home. The Canadiens(57pts) currently sit 4th in the Atlantic division and a win here will help them catch up to the Bruins(59pts) who are placed third. The Canadiens will play on Friday without the services of Paul Byron as he was suspended for 3 games, for his hit on Florida’s MacKenzie Weegar, in their previous encounter.  The suspension opens an opportunity for Charles Hudon, who might replace him for today’s game. Canadiens are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 6-0 in Canadiens last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 5-0 in Canadiens last 5 games following a win.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets seem unstoppable at the moment, having racked up 4 consecutive victories, they now sit atop the Metropolitan Division (59pts). Their latest win came against New Jersey(4-1) at home. Marquee player Brandon Dubinsky seems to have recovered from his hamstring injury and is expected to play on Friday against Montreal, he will be possibly replacing Anthony Duclair. Dubinsky has been a valuable face-off man this season, setting up several overtime goals with his face-off duty.  Under is 4-0-2 in Blue Jackets last 6 Friday games and Blue Jackets are 5-0 in their last 5 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and under is 5-0-1 in Blue Jackets last 6 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.

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Montreal Canadiens

Montreal is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games

Montreal is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Montreal’s last 9 games

Montreal is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road

Montreal is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games

Columbus is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Columbus is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Columbus is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Columbus’s last 11 games at home

ESPN NHL Pick Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Montreal Canadiens

Going by the stats the Canadiens are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Columbus and home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. We can see here that the home team has had the better of the Canadiens of late while visiting. It is the first time these two teams are meeting this season an both the teams are playing well of late with successive victories under their belt and as such it would seem difficult to pick a side, and since both teams are capable at the defensive end of the ice the Under, might be worth a look.

Pick: Under 6

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