Both the Canadiens and Blue Jackets were two of the hottest teams in the NHL up until the weekend. Now both squads have lost back-to-back games & want to get back on track. The Blue Jackets find themselves as a home dog on the NHL betting lines for Wednesday’s affair.
The Montreal Canadiens Can Win Because…
They had been playing very well prior to their latest two outings. The Habs have lost back-to-back games but realize that they lost to Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh, two of the top teams in the NHL. Prior to that, the Canadiens had won six straight games and nine of 10.
The Blue Jackets have cooled off from their early December hot spell and their cool down has been quite noticeable. Since starting December with a six-game winning streak, the Blue Jackets are just 5-5 over their last 10 games. They’ve been a bad team for most of the season and their latest two losses seem like a continuation.
Montreal won’t be deterred with being on the road here as they have won six straight away games. Their 13 road wins are the second-most in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Blue Jackets are a meager 9-12 at home this season, so there’s no real home-ice advantage to speak of here.
The Columbus Blue Jackets Can Win Because…
They’ve been much more competitive of late. Even though they lost in their latest outing, it was just their second regulation loss at home in their last nine games. They’re 6-2-1 over that span and have look far closer to a competent team over the last few weeks than they did in the first two months of the season. At the end of November, the Blue Jackets were 6-15-2. They enter Wednesday on a 12-4-1 run. A lot of the Blue Jackets numbers are skewed because of how poorly they played to start the season. This is actually a team that’s been quite competent over the last month and should get more respect on the betting line.
The Habs are 3-1-1 in five trips to Columbus and seem to be the better choice here. The Blue Jackets are just 4-11 after a loss by two goals or more in their previous game and 5-13 after allowing four goals or more in their last outing. They lost 5-2 to the New York Islanders in their latest contest. The bigger concern might be that goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has struggled recently. He’s allowed at least four goals in five of his last eight starts. He has an .867 save percentage this month, which is horrible. Unless he plays a lot better on Wednesday night, there’s little reason to have faith in the Blue Jackets.
As for the Habs, they are 11-5 against teams with a losing record and play respectably in this series. That being the case, make them your NHL pick here. The price on the NHL odds is fairly cheap at -115 and they’re the better side.
NHL Pick: Canadiens -115 at Bodog