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(21-7-4) Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (21-5-4)
Date: Friday, December 23rd
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
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The Montreal Canadiens will be on the ice in Columbus on Friday to face off against the Blue Jackets. The Canadiens will be on the ice against Minnesota on Thursday while Columbus will be hosting the Penguins.
Montreal has been able to win two in a row after beating Anaheim 5-1 on Tuesday.
The Blue Jackets will look to keep their winning streak alive after winning 3-2 in a shootout against the Kings their last time on the ice.
The Canadiens have now won two games in a row after coming out on top 5-1 at home against the Ducks on Tuesday.
They will play the first game of a back-to-back Thursday night at home against the Minnesota wild. Max Pacioretty currently leads the team with 26 points and 13 goals.
Montreal will head into Thursday’s game sitting at 4th in the NHL with an average of 3.1 goals per game. They are well above average this season on the power play with a 20.2 conversion percentage.
They have been able lo limit their opponents to just 2.2 goals per night, putting them at 4th in the league on defense.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Columbus will have to handle business at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday before they get to the action against Montreal Friday night.
The Blue Jackets have a nice little winning stretch going after coming out on top of the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in a shootout their last time on the ice.
Cam Atkinson was able to slide the puck in the net for his 13th of the year at 7:35 in the second and again at 4:05 in the third. Atkinson and Sam Gagner both hit the net in the shootout to give Columbus the win.
The Blue Jackets have been strong with the puck this season, finding the net for an average of 3.3 goals per game. The are the best in the league on the power play with a 27.1 conversion percentage.
On the defensive end of the ice, Columbus is only giving up an average of 2.1 goals a night, second in the NHL. They have been able to put together a 81.2 penalty kill percentage which is just below the league average.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Montreal is 4-1 in their previous 5 on 0 days rest.
- Montreal is 35-16 in their previous 51 against the Metro Division
- Columbus is 1-4 in their previous 5 games on 0 days rest
Free Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Hockey Prediction:
This is going to be an exciting game to watch. Both teams are solid on offense and defense and they will both be in the second game of a back-to-back. I am going to give the nod to Columbus in this one simply because they are playing at home.
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If the game were being played in Montreal I would have gone the other way.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Montreal 1 – Columbus 2
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