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Montreal Canadiens vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL: Tuesday, November 19, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio, 7:00 PM ET
The Montreal Canadiens nearly recorded the fourth consecutive victory for the first time this season. Still, the New Jersey Devils come from behind to prevent them and beat the Canadiens in overtime. Montreal now dropped to an 11-5-4 record and is in the 4th position in the Eastern Conference with 26 points from 20 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets managed to avoid the third loss in a row as they defeated the reigning Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues in overtime. Columbus improved to a 7-8-4 record and is in the 13th place in the East with 18 points after 19 games.
These rivals already met this season, and Montreal recorded a 3-2 victory in the shootout. They met three times in 2018-18, and the Canadiens secured two wins.
The Canadiens dropped a two-goal lead in a loss to New JerseyMontreal was close to record the fourth win in a row for the first time this year. The Canadiens had a 3-1 lead against the New Jersey Devils at home, but the visitors scored a shorthanded goal late in the second period, and it seems that moment changed the course of the game. New Jersey forced overtime, and Kyle Palmieri scored to give the Devils a 4-3 OT victory. Tomas Tatar leads Montreal in points thus far in the campaign with 20 (G7, A13). Shea Weber is following him with 17 (G6, A11), Brendan Gallagher has 16 (G9, A7), while Jonathan Drouin (G7, A8) and Phillip Danault (G6, A9) have 15 points apiece. Jonathan Drouin (upper-body) and Paul Byron (knee) are out indefinitely and will not be available to face the Jackets on Tuesday.
This season, Montreal has the 6th offense in the NHL that averages 3.50 goals per contest, and they are facing Columbus’ 21st defense that allows 3.26 goals per game. The Canadiens are the 15th team when it comes to powerplay conversion (20.3%), while Columbus is the 21st team in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (76.8%).
Carey Price is probable to start at the goal for the Canadiens, and he is 10-4-2 as he faced 505 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 42 goals (2.61 per game) and recorded 463 saves (.917 SV %) with one shutout. He met the Blue Jackets once this season and won that game, allowing 1.88 goals with .943 SV %.
The Blue Jackets deservedly beat the Blues in overtimeColumbus was in a poor form of seven defeats in eight games but managed to beat the reigning Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues 3-2 in overtime. The Blue Jackets deserved two points as they attempted 39 shots opposite St. Louis’ 27, while Zach Werenski was the home team’s hero with a powerplay goal in overtime. Pierre-Luc Dubois is Columbus’ key performer after the first quarter of the season with 12 points (G7, A5). Cam Atkinson (G3, A8) and Gustav Nyquist (G3, A8) are right behind with 11, while Werenski and Seth Jones have ten points each. Brandon Dubinsky is injured and will not play on Tuesday. Ryan Murray (lower-body) is questionable, while Nick Foligno is suspended and will not feature.
Columbus has the 30th offense in the NHL in 2019-20 that averages 2.37 goals per contest, and they are facing Minnesota’s 19th defense that allows 3.05 goals per game. The Blue Jackets are the 26th team when it comes to powerplay conversion (14.5%), while Montreal is the 30th in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (71.9%).
Joonas Korpisalo is probable to start at the goal for the Blue Jackets, and he is 7-7-1 as he faced 428 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 44 goals (3.04 per game) and recorded 384 saves (.897 SV %) without shutouts. He met the Canadiens once in 2018-19 and lost that game, allowing 3.01 goals with .880 SV %.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Montreal:
- 10-1 in their last 11 games playing on two days rest
- 13-3 in their last 16 Tuesday games
- 7-3 in their last ten overall
- 1-4 in their last five games playing on three or more days rest
- 2-7 in their last nine overall
- 2-5 in their last seven vs. the Atlantic Division opponents
- 2-5 in their last seven games following a win
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Columbus did upset the St. Louis Blues in their previous game, but the Jackets are struggling to connect two or more wins this season. They are very inconsistent and unreliable; however, I expect to see a close encounter like it was in the opening game of the series when Montreal secured a 3-2 win in the shootout. The Canadiens have more individuals who can decide the tilt, unlike the Blue Jackets, who have the 2nd worst offense in the NHL. I am giving an advantage to the visitors, who don’t have a good H2H record at Nationwide Arena in recent years, though. Still, Montreal is a better team, and the position in the standings is a living proof for that, so I am backing them to edge Columbus here.
Prediction: Montreal Canadiens (-105)
Full-Game Total Pick
None of Columbus’ last six games produced more than six goals. Considering the Jackets’ inefficiency this season and the fact that they didn’t score more than three goals in the previous eight games, I am going with Under. Seven of the last nine H2H duels produced six or fewer goals. The total is set at 6, which can be tricky, but I don’t think we will see more than six goals here. In case the rivals combine for exactly six goals, we will get our stake back. Only one of Columbus’ last eight games at home produced more than six goals.
Prediction: Under 6 (-128)