NHL Picks: Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens

David Lawrence

Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:04 AM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 11:04 AM GMT

We preview tonight's all Canadian matchup between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Montreal Canadiens. We cover the betting odds on offer in hopes of finding a smart choice for our NHL picks in this situation.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are firing on all cylinders but unfortunately that’s not translating into goals. Although they have a whopping 64 shots in their last two games, they only have two goals to show for it along with a pair of losses. We’ll see if it gets any better for them on Thursday night in Montreal.

Record: 17-37 (-1669)

The Columbus Blue Jackets can win because…

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky plays well against the Habs. At this point, people looking to place their sports picks know that the Blue Jackets go as Bobrovsky does. Well, he’s 4-1-0 with a 2.41 GAA against Montreal, so the Blue Jackets should be fairly confident heading into this game.

The Habs aren’t a great home team and – dating back to last season – have played better on the road than at home. So far, they are 3-1-0 on the road and just 1-1-0 at home. The Blue Jackets have an opening here.

The Montreal Canadiens can win because…

Their goaltending is playing at a high level right now. People making their NHL picks should note that the Habs have won three straight and have allowed a total of two goals in the process.

The Blue Jackets offense just isn’t getting the job done. They have a total of 12 goals in five games, seven of which came against Calgary and Buffalo – two teams that aren’t very good defensively. The Habs should be able to keep the muzzle on the Blue Jackets, which means only a goal or two is all they need to get the job done.

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Outlook & Pick

This looks like an under. With Max Pacioretty questionable for this game, Bobrovsky’s track record against the Habs and the way the Jackets offense/Habs defense has played, this figures to be a matchup that will fall under the 5 points offered on the NHL odds boards.

Pick: Under 5 at 5Dimes
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