Blue Jackets vs Canadiens Prediction - NHL Picks 10/26/23

Montreal Canadiens (3-2-1) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2-1)

Game Info: Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -132 / Columbus Blue Jackets +106 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens face off on Thursday in an NHL showdown at the Centre Bell. 

Blue Jackets Look to Bounce Back

The Blue Jackets come into this game with a 3-2-1 record overall but they are coming off a loss in the last game. The offense only scored two goals against the Anaheim Ducks and that was the difference as they were defeated 3-2. Adam Fantilli scored one goal and added one assist. The Blue Jackets are averaging 2.83 goals while their defense is giving up 3.17 goals per game. The offense is ranked 19th in the league while the defense is ranked 16th. The offense needs to get going here. 

Blue Jackets Betting Trends

  • The underdogs have won each of the Blue Jackets' last three games.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in five of the Blue Jackets' last six games.
  • The Blue Jackets have lost the second period in seven of their last eight games as underdogs against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 3' market has hit in each of the Blue Jackets' last six games at Bell Centre.

Will the Good Canadiens Defense Show Up?

The Canadiens defense has really struggled in games they have lost and in the games the defense has stepped up, they have been good. In the last game against the New Jersey Devils the Canadiens gave up five gaols and that will need to be better here. Two games ago against the Buffalo Sabres, the Canadiens gave up only a goal and they are going to need the defense to step up. The Canadiens are averaging 3.00 goals per game while their defense is giving up 3.33 goals per game. 

Canadiens Betting Trends

  • The Canadiens have lost three of their last four games as home favorites following a home loss.
  • The underdogs have covered the puck line in nine of the last 11 games between the Blue Jackets and Canadiens at Bell Centre.
  • The Canadiens have won the second period in each of their last four home games following a loss.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in eight of the Canadiens' last nine games as favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Candiens defense is going to step up in this game. The Blue Jackets are averaging only 2.83 goals per game and they are going to really struggle to get the offense going here. The Canadiens defense is going to step up in a big way here and that is going to be the difference as Montreal is going to get the job done. Back the Canadiens on the money line to cash here. 

Shane’s Pick Canadiens ML

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