Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Canadiens vs Blue Jackets NHL Odds
Looking for Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets free hockey plays & NHL Odds? NHL betting sees the Canadiens taking on the Blue Jackets on Thursday, March 28th, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NHL Hockey games all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NHL hockey predictions like this Canadiens Blue Jackets matchup.
(41-28-8) Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (42-30-3)
Date: Thursday, March 28th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Columbus -143 | Montreal +118
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: OFF
NHL Betting Total: 5½
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Two teams looking to solidify their playoff hopes will meet on Thursday night as the Montreal Canadiens will travel to face the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both enter this game on winning notes while the Canadiens were able to pick up the 3-2 victory in their last meeting on February 19th.
The Canadiens look to maintain their slim advantage over the Columbus Blue Jackets, as it relates to playoff positioning, with a win on Thursday. They have won four of their last five games while atoning for a loss to the Carolina Panthers by getting a win over the Florida Panthers.
Their offense continued to put up huge numbers in net with a total of six goals versus the Panthers. In all, the team has posted 21 goals in their last seven outings, overall.
In fact, the Canadiens went up 5-0 with goals thanks to 2 goals by Tomas Tatar, which sparked the offensive production for Montreal. Tomas has three goals in the last three games while posting 3 assists along with 6 points.
Tatar also scored the game-winning goal in their last matchup versus the Blue Jackets with a score at the 13:08 mark in the final period. The Canadiens have dropped four of their last five road games.
Columbus Blue Jackets
A Blue Jackets win in this matchup could move them only a half game behind the Canandiens for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. They enter this matchup winning two straight after a costly three-game losing streak.
Most importantly, they are coming off their second straight shut out over the New York Islanders in their last outing. After a Ryan Dzingel goal put them up 1-0 throughout two-thirds of the game, the Blue jackets exploded for three final period goals led by point leader Artemi Panarin along with shot leader Cam Atkinson.
Panarin scored his 26th goal of the year while Atkinson leads the team with 39 thus far. The Blue Jackets have allowed only five goals in their last four home games (2 shutouts).
NHL Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
- Canadiens are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Columbus.
- Home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under
One should look for the Blue Jackets to continue to ride their defense in which to pick up victories. In other words, look for the under to be the strong play in a matchup versus a squad that has been destroying opposing offenses down the stretch versus an offense that has been awful on the road. In all, the Blue Jackets will pick up the convincing 4-1 victory.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Canadiens 1 – Blue Jackets 4
As stated, the Canadiens have dropped four of their last five games away from home. On the other hand, the past two home matchups have resulted in shutout wins for the home team. Take the Blue Jackets in this Thursday night matchup.
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