Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Blue Jackets and Canadiens. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Canadiens at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC. Get ready to place your bets! This Eastern conference matchup has an over/under of 6.5 goals, and the Canadiens are favored by -1.5 goals vs. the Blue Jackets.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS VS MONTREAL CANADIENS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Montreal Canadiens -1.5

This game will be played at Bell Centre at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, March 12th.

WHY BET THE MONTREAL CANADIENS:

  • With a 1.5-goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Canadiens to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Canadiens on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Blue Jackets (+1.5)

Are Columbus Ready for a Road Win?

As the season has progressed, the Blue Jackets have struggled to find consistency, and they currently sit in 16th place in the Eastern Conference. In their last ten games, they have gone 5-5 and have lost two straight games as the underdog. On the road, Columbus has gone 10-15-6, and they are 4-16 against divisional opponents.

Overall, the Blue Jackets have a record of 22-32-10, and they have been the underdog in 58 of their 64 games. Against other Eastern Conference teams, Columbus has gone just 10-29, and they have dropped two of their last three games.

On the road this season, the Blue Jackets have gone 19-12 vs. the puck line, including a 4-6 mark in their last 10 games. Overall, Columbus has gone 37-27 vs. the puck line this year. As the underdog, the Blue Jackets have a puck line record of 35-23.

So far, the team’s average scoring margin sits at -0.6 goals per game, and they have 14 wins by multiple goals compared to 25 losses by multiple goals. In their last 10 games, the Blue Jackets have gone 7-3 vs. the puck line.

The average goal total for Columbus’ games is sitting at 6.6. The average over/under line for the season is 6.5. The Blue Jackets come in with an over/under record of 31-30-3.

Across the Blue Jackets last three road games, the team averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.

For their offensive performance, the Blue Jackets come in averaging 3 goals per game this season, which is 21st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 21st in the league. Looking at how the Blue Jackets’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 32nd in power play goals and 29th in shorthanded goals.

Columbus’ current leading scorer is Boone Jenner. This season, he has 19 goals, which puts him 87th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 10 assists so far.

Defensively, the Canadiens come into the season ranked 7th in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 32.6 shots per game against Montreal. For the season, they are ranked 27th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Elvis Merzlikins has started 34 games this season. His current record stands at 12-13, and his save percentage is 0.796%.

Will Montreal Make it Happen at Home?

At 24-30-10, the Canadiens are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and 7th in the Atlantic Division. They have lost two straight games and have gone just 2-8 in their last ten games. In games where they have been favored, Montreal is 4-1-0.

Over the course of the season, the Canadiens have gone 12-17-3 at home and 12-25 against other Eastern Conference teams. In their last three games, Montreal has gone 1-2, and they are 1-4 in their last five games.

At home this year, the Canadiens have gone 20-12 against the puck line and their average scoring margin is -0.8 goals per game. So far, Montreal has gone 41-23 against the puck line, including going 8-2 in their last ten games.

When favored, the Canadiens have gone just 1-4 against the puck line and they have 16 wins by just one goal. Overall, Montreal has 19 losses by more than one goal.

For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Montreal is 6.4. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.3. The Canadiens come in with an over/under record of 33-29-2.

In their last three games away from home, the Blue Jackets have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 3 goals per game in these contests.

When looking at their offense, the Canadiens have an average of 2.8 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 27th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 27th in the league. In terms of the Canadiens’ offense during power plays, they are 19th in power play goals and 20th in shorthanded goals.

The leading scorer for Montreal’s offense is Nick Suzuki. Coming into the game he has 25 goals, ranking 35th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 36 assists so far.

Montreal defense takes on the Blue Jackets ranked 7th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 32.6 shots per game against Montreal. They also are 27th in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Columbus, goalie Cayden Primeau has started 13 games in this season. His current record is 5-6, and his save percentage stands at 0.389%.