Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens - 2/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Columbus Blue Jackets at Montreal Canadiens - 2/12/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by © Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (8-31-7) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (22-22-1)

Game Info: Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 12:30 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -105 / Columbus Blue Jackets -120 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Montreal Canadiens Host The Columbus Blue Jackets In Saturday NHL Action. 

The Columbus Blue Jackets come into this road contest with an overall record of 22-22-1. Through 45 games, the Blue Jackets are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 145 times, good for a rank of 13th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Columbus is the 29th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.67 goals per game. So far, the Blue Jackets have a strength of schedule rating of 18th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 24th ranked team in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens get set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets with an overall record of 8-31-7. This mark places them 8th in the Atlantic division. Through 46 games, the Canadiens have scored 102 goals, giving them an average of 2.2. This output gives them a rank of 31st among NHL teams. On defense, they are the 32nd ranked unit, giving up 4.0 goals per contest.So far, they have played the 3rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account their scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 32nd in the NHL.

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Through 45 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Boone Jenner, with 33 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.4%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 29 assists to go along with his 2 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -6 in scoring differential. Columbus' top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.39 goals per game. In his 29 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 46% percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Montreal Canadiens leader in points is Nick Suzuki. In Montreal's 46 games, he has come up with 9 goals and 19 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 8.7%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Josh Anderson. So far, he has scored all of his 9 goals during five-on-five play. However, when on the ice, the Canadiens are -21 in scoring differential. Montreal's top goalie is Jake Allen, who is giving up an average of 3.15 goals per game. In his 24 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45% percent of the time.

In Columbus's 45 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 29-13-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing on the road, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 14-7-1. On the season, 71.0% of Columbus's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 47.0% of the scoring coming from the Blue Jackets. In 5 on 5 situations, the Columbus Blue Jackets have a shooting percentage of 8.6%, placing them above the league average. According to advanced metrics that track the quality of a team's shots, the Blue Jackets have 12.3 fewer goals than expected. Columbus is averaging 5.78 high danger scoring chances per game for the year. Look for this to be a high-scoring game, going over the line of 6 goals.




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