Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets: How to Watch, Odds, Picks & Predictions

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Thursday’s NHL lineup features a likely close outing between the Montreal Canadiens (3-2-1, -118 on the moneyline to win) and the Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2-1, -102 moneyline odds) at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN+ and BSOH.

Watch ESPN+ and BSOH to see the match unfold as the Canadiens and Blue Jackets take the ice.

Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets Game Info & Odds

  • When: Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+ and BSOH
  • Where: Bell Centre in Montréal, Quebec
  • TV Channel: ESPN+ and BSOH
  • Favorite: Canadiens (-118)
  • Underdog: Blue Jackets (-102)
  • Over/under: 6.5

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Canadiens and Blue Jackets Betting Trends

  • Montreal’s matches have had more than 6.5 goals twice this season (in five games).
  • Columbus has combined with its opponent to score more than 6.5 goals just twice this season.
  • These two teams average 5.8 goals per match combined, 0.7 less than this game’s total.
  • Combined, these teams surrender 6.5 goals per game, the same as this game’s over/under.
  • The Canadiens have been a moneyline favorite only one other time so far this season, and won.
  • This season the Blue Jackets have won three of the four games in which they’ve been an underdog.

Canadiens Stats & Insights

  • The Canadiens’ three average goals per game add up to 18 total, which makes them the 16th-ranked scoring team in the league.
  • On defense, the Canadiens have allowed 20 goals (3.3 per game) to rank 15th in NHL play.
  • The team is ranked 18th in goal differential at -2.
  • The Canadiens connect on 10.4% of their shots, ranking 14th in the league.
  • The Canadiens have yet to shut out an opponent this season, averaging 22 hits and 18.2 blocked shots per game.
  • They have totaled just 13 goals during that time.
  • Over on the defensive end, the Canadiens have allowed only 2.8 goals per game (14 total) in those 10 matchups.

Blue Jackets Stats & Insights

  • The Blue Jackets have scored 17 goals this season (2.8 per game) to rank 19th in the league.
  • The Blue Jackets’ 19 total goals conceded (3.2 per game) rank 13th in the league.
  • They have a -2 goal differential, which ranks 18th in the league.
  • The Blue Jackets are shooting 8.6% (22nd in the league).
  • The Blue Jackets have not yet shut out an opponent this season.
  • They have averaged just 3.0 goals per game (15 total) over that time.
  • Defensively, the Blue Jackets have allowed 14 goals (2.8 per game) in those 10 matchups.

Canadiens Key Players to Watch

  • Cole Caufield is one of Montreal’s leading contributors with six points. He has three goals and three assists this season.
  • Sean Monahan is another top contributor for Montreal with five points (0.8 per game), scoring two goals and adding three assists.
  • Cayden Primeau (0-1-0) has a goals against average of 0.7 on the season, and 29 saves. His 87.879 save percentage ranks 50th in the league.

Canadiens Player Props

  • Sean Monahan Points Prop: 0.50 (Over Odds: -135, Under Odds: +105)

Blue Jackets Key Players to Watch

  • Ivan Provorov is an important part of the offense for Columbus, with five points this season. He has put up zero goals and five assists in six games.
  • Boone Jenner’s five points this season, including four goals and one assist, make him one of the top offensive threats for Columbus.
  • Columbus’ Spencer Martin is 1-1-0 this season, amassing 75 saves and permitting seven goals (1.2 goals against average) with a 91.463 save percentage (22nd in the league).

Blue Jackets Player Props

  • Johnny Gaudreau Points Prop: 0.50 (Over Odds: -230)
  • Boone Jenner Points Prop: 0.50 (Over Odds: -180)

Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets Injuries

  • Canadiens: Carey Price: Knee (Out), Kirby Dach: Knee (Out For Season), Chris Wideman: Back (Out), Christian Dvorak: Knee (Out), Kaiden Guhle: Upper Body (Questionable), David Savard: Upper Body (Out)
  • Blue Jackets: Daniil Tarasov: Undisclosed (Out), Patrik Laine: Upper Body (Out)

Canadiens vs. Blue Jackets Prediction

  • Puck Line Pick:

    Blue Jackets (+1.5)

  • Pick OU:

    Under (6.5)

  • Score Prediction:
    Blue Jackets 4 – Canadiens 3

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