NHL Picks for Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets

Doug Upstone

Friday, November 15, 2013 2:32 PM GMT

The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Montreal Canadians on Friday at the Nationwide Arena with the opening faceoff set for 7:05 PM ET. Follow along as we hunt for the betting line that looks to offer us the best chance of cashing in.

According to NHL betting odds Montreal is a -115 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The home team has won 4 of the last 5 meetings between these two clubs. The last 12 times these teams have met just 3 of those games have gone over the total. Does this mean that we should look at the 'under' with our NHL picks, or is the safer bet to be found elsewhere.

Read our NHL Picks of the Day article for more free plays.

The Jackets are Blue!

The Blue Jackets recent miseries continued last night in Boston as they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Bruins. The loss marked the 7th in 8-games for Columbus, who now finds themselves in sole possession of last place in the newly aligned 8-team Metropolitan Division. The Jackets are also a dismal 9-24 in their last 33-games when playing with no rest. On a more positive note, Columbus has gone 9-3 in their last 12-games versus an opponent with a losing record on the money line for the season.

No Habs No!

The Montreal Canadians are catching a lot of heat in their local press these days. The Habs have dropped 5 of their last 6-games, and are currently 8th overall in the Eastern Conference, and 5th in the 8-team Atlantic Division. They last played on Tuesday and suffered a 2-1 over shootout loss at home versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. Carey Price turned in another excellent effort in goal for Montreal. Price stopped 44 of 45 Tampa Bay shots on goal giving his team an opportunity to win a game in which they were badly outplayed. Price has a solid 2.12 GAA and an excellent .933 save percentage in 16 starts this season. The Canadians have seen just 1 of their last 9 road games go over the total.

NHL Super Angle

Any road favorite with a money line losing record on the season, versus an opponent with a winning percentage of .300 to .400, who lost the last same season meeting between these two clubs is 28-5 (84.8%) on the money line since the beginning of the 2009-2010 season.

Free NHL Pick: Montreal -115 over Columbus