Blue Jackets vs Canadiens Prediction NHL Picks 3/12/24

Montreal Canadiens (24-30-10) vs Columbus Blue Jackets (22-32-10)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -122 / Columbus Blue Jackets -102 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell Centre. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Columbus Blue Jackets vs Montreal Canadiens prediction.

Columbus Blue Jackets Betting Preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets recently beat the Oilers while losing to the Penguins and Predators. The Columbus Blue Jackets are averaging 2.97 goals per game and are scoring on 14.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Boone Jenner leads Columbus with 19 goals, Johnny Gaudreau has 35 assists and Kirill Marchenko has 151 shots on goal. Defensively, the Columbus Blue Jackets are allowing 3.61 goals per game and are killing 76.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Daniil Tarasov has allowed 57 goals on 566 shots faced, and Elvis Merzlikins has given up 104 goals on 1,080 shots.

Montreal Canadiens Betting Preview

The Montreal Canadiens recently lost to the Hurricanes and Maple Leafs, while beating the Predators. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.75 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Nick Suzuki leads Montreal with 25 goals, Mike Matheson has 37 assists and Cole Caufield has 244 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.48 goals per game and are killing 75.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jake Allen has given up 74 goals on 686 shots faced, and Sam Montembeault has allowed 97 goals on 1,015 shots.

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Cole Caufield has scored at least one goal in each of his last five appearances with the Canadiens as home favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Nick Suzuki has recorded at least one assist in each of the Canadiens' last seven games as home favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Cole Caufield has recorded at least one point in each of his last 11 appearances with the Canadiens as favorites.
  • Cole Caufield has scored the last goal in each of his last three appearances with the Canadiens as favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Cole Caufield ranks 1st in the league for shootout goals (5) this season.

Columbus Blue Jackets Player Prop Facts

  • Zach Werenski has recorded at least one assist in each of his last eight Tuesday night appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Zach Werenski has recorded at least one point in each of his last eight Tuesday appearances against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Patrik Laine has scored at least one goal in each of his last four appearances against the Canadiens.
  • Dmitri Voronkov has recorded two assists against the Canadiens this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Montreal Canadiens rank 28th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (75.12%).
  • The Montreal Canadiens rank 27th in the league for goals per game this season (2.75).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 31st in the league for goals against per game this season (3.61).
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets rank 31st in the league in power play percentage this season (14.20%).

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Montreal Canadiens prediction

The Montreal Canadiens are getting the benefit of the doubt because they're at home, but we're getting the cheaper price with the team in better form. The Habs have lost 8 of their last 10 games and their defense lets them down consistently. The Canadiens are also 12-17-3 on their home ice. The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't a team I'm excited to get behind, but if forced to pick, I want the better price in a battle between two below average clubs. It's the Blue Jackets or pass for me.

Randy’s Pick Columbus Blue Jackets -102

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