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#21 Columbus Blue Jackets 6 vs.
#22 Montreal Canadiens -185
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:05pm EST
Bell Centre, Montreal
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s a battle of Eastern Conference teams on the ice in the province of Quebec. The Columbus Blue Jackets are on the ice as they make the trip to face the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night. Columbus was knocked off 4-2 on the road by Colorado Saturday night in their previous contest. Montreal edged Los Angeles 3-2 at home in their previous game on Saturday night. The teams have split the previous eight meetings with the Blue Jackets scoring a 6-2 victory at home in the most recent matchup on March 28, 2019.

Columbus Blue Jackets Seeking Consistency

Columbus lost for the sixth time in seven games as they were knocked off in Colorado Saturday night. The Blue Jackets entered Monday seventh in the Metropolitan Division, seven points behind the Flyers for the final guaranteed playoff spot and 14 back of division-leading Washington. Columbus is 30th in scoring as they average 2.35 goals per game this season. The Blue Jackets are 24th in goals against as they allow 3.41 goals per contest this year. Columbus is 25th on the power play as they convert 14.3 percent of their chances with the man advantage. The Blue Jackets have struggled in shorthanded situations as they are 25th in penalty killing by getting through 76.5 percent of those situations this year.

The Blue Jackets fired plenty of rubber on net in their game against the Avalanche but couldn’t get enough of it to find the back of the net. Columbus owned an 18-13 edge in shots in the opening period and skated off with a 2-1 advantage on the scoreboard. Emil Bernstrom opened the scoring with his second of the season, on the power play, at the 4:55 mark of the period with Seth Jones and Gustav Nyqvist drawing the assists. After Colorado knotted the score, Zach Werenski scored his fourth of the season at 19:06 off assists from Cam Atkinson and Nick Foligno to give the Blue Jackets the lead. In the second period, Columbus owned a 16-13 edge in shots but were outscored 2-0 to go down a goal after 40 minutes. The final period saw the Blue Jackets outshot 10-7 and outscored 1-0 to end up with the loss. Joonas Korpisalo made 32 saves for Columbus in the loss: the Blue Jackets owned a 41-36 edge in shots on goal in the game. He’s expected to get the call between the pipes here.

Montreal Canadiens Try to Ride Momentum

Montreal earned their fifth win in seven games as they edged the Kings at home on Saturday. The Canadiens entered Monday third in the Atlantic Division, tied with the Panthers and four points back of the division leading Bruins. Montreal is tied for 4th in the league in scoring as they put up 3.53 goals a night so far this year. The Canadiens are 20th in the league by giving up 3.12 goals per contest this season. Montreal is 12th in the league on the power play by converting 21.4 percent of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Canadiens are only 29th in the league in penalty killing as they successfully get through only 72.2 percent of their shorthanded situations on the year.

The Canadiens didn’t have a terrific offensive night but it was enough to put two points in the bank as they slipped past the Kings. Montreal did their damage in the opening period, outshooting the Kings 17-11 and taking a 3-0 lead to the dressing room. Shea Weber opened the scoring with his fourth of the year, on the power play, at 10:13 of the period with Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin drawing the assists. Fifteen seconds later, at 10:28, Nate Thompson made it a 2-0 game with his first of the year off assists from Artturi Lehkonen and Tomas Tatar. Weber scored his second of the game and fifth of the year, again on the power play, at 16:48 to make it 3-0. Drouin and Nick Cousins drew the assists on that marker. The second period saw Montreal outshot 10-8 and outscored 1-0 to trim their lead to 3-1 after 40 minutes of play. In the final period, the shots were even at 12 with the Kings tallying the lone goal. Carey Price did enough to make the early barrage stand up as he stopped 31 shots: Montreal held a 37-33 advantage in shots on goal. Price is expected to be the starter between the pipes in this contest.

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Columbus has generated its fair share of scoring chances but has struggled to light the lamp with any consistency this season. We figured the team might take a step back in net after Sergei Bobrovsky signed with Florida in the offseason. The offense was going to take a hit with Artemi Panarin gone but the fact that the team can’t bury good chances is concerning. Montreal is a decent team with some momentum on their side. They have the advantage in net with Price leading the charge and they are at home here. With Columbus failing to find the back of the net all that often, you have to give the Canadiens the nod in this one.

Prediction: Montreal Canadiens -185

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Columbus has struggled this season to put the puck in the net and that is something that has John Tortorella pulling his hair out. The Blue Jackets had 20 scoring chances in their game Saturday night but could only bury two of them. Columbus is scoring 2.88 goals per game on the road, which isn't much, but is nearly a goal a game better than their home mark (1.89) this season. The Blue Jackets give up four goals per game on the road and this is going to be a challenge. Montreal averages 3.50 goals per game at home: can they keep their momentum going here?

The under is 7-1 in the Blue Jackets' last eight games on the road against the Canadiens. Montreal has seen the under go 4-2 in their last six games overall and 6-2 in their last eight meetings with Columbus overall. Look for this one to fall short as the Canadiens prevail, somewhere in the 3-1 or 4-1 range.

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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.