Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens at Columbus Blue Jackets - 4/13/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets (34-33-6) vs Montreal Canadiens (20-42-11)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Nationwide Arena)

Betting Odds: Columbus Blue Jackets -168 / Montreal Canadiens +152 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Montreal Canadiens in Wednesday NHL Action.

The Montreal Canadiens come into this road contest with an overall record of 20-42-11. Through 73 games, the Canadiens are 8th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 192 times, good for a rank of 27th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Montreal is the 32nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 3.79 goals per game. So far, the Canadiens have a strength of schedule rating of 9th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 31st ranked team in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets get set to host the Montreal Canadiens with an overall record of 34-33-6. This mark places them 6th in the Metropolitan division. Through 73 games, the Blue Jackets have scored 235 goals, giving them an average of 3.16. This output gives them a rank of 13th among NHL teams. On defense, Columbus is the 30th ranked unit, giving up 3.71 goals per contest. So far, the Blue Jackets have played the 7th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Columbus's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 22nd in the NHL.

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Through 73 games, the Montreal Canadiens goal and overall scoring leader is Nick Suzuki with 55 points. He has reached his mark of 19 goals, on a shooting percentage of 11.0%. So far, 42.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Cole Caufield, who has 20 assists to go along with his 18 goals. 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 3.3 goals per game.

Through 54 games, the Columbus Blue Jackets' goal and overall scoring leader is Patrik Laine, with 53 points. He has reached his mark of 25 goals, with a shooting percentage of 15.6%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Jakub Voracek, who has 47 assists to go along with his 5 goals. However, when on the ice the Blue Jackets are -12 in scoring differential. Columbus's top goalie is Elvis Merzlikins, who is giving up an average of 3.4 goals per game. In his 51 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 45 percent of the time.

In Montreal's 73 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 41-30-2. So far, taking the over when the Canadiens are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-14-1.On the season 62.0% of Montreal's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 41.0% of the scoring coming from the Canadiens. In Columbus's 73 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 44-26-3. So far, taking the over when the Blue Jackets are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-12-2. 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. Given that both the Canadiens and Blue Jackets have struggled with consistent goalie play, look for this to be a high-scoring game, surpassing the line of 6 goals.

 

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