Montreal Canadiens vs Columbus Blue Jackets Prediction, 4/13/2022 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Columbus Blue Jackets
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Location: Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+163) Blue Jackets (-200)
The Columbus Blue Jackets (34-33-6) will try to beat the Montreal Canadiens (20-42-11) at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday. The odds on this game have Montreal at +163 and Columbus is at -200. The total comes in at 7.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the losing side of the ice with a 4-2 loss to the Jets in their last game. Montreal earned 2 mins in the box for this matchup. The Canadiens had a rough night on the offensive side of the ice in this loss. Additionally, they had 1 attempt on the power play but didn't convert it into a score. In the game, they tallied a score on 2 of the 25 shots they tried.
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The Canadiens have had 2,533 shots taken against them and have a save percentage of .891. While playing at even strength, the Canadiens let the opposition score 215 goals while having 159 themselves. Montreal Canadiens opponents have tallied 246 power play opportunities (3rd in the league) and have come away with 62 goals in those chances. For the current campaign, they have accumulated 51 points and their points percentage comes in at .349. Montreal has taken 2,151 shots and has a shooting percentage of 8.8%. In regard to their goal scoring prowess, the Montreal Canadiens have tallied 189 goals (27th in hockey) this year and have surrendered 277. Montreal comes into tonight with 224 power play opportunities and they have scored 30 goals during those advantages, giving them a rate of 13.39%.
The man in net for this game is Jake Allen. Over the course of his pro career, Allen has recorded 178 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .535. His save percentage currently sits at .911 during his 19,757 mins on the ice. Allen has had 9,621 shot attempts taken against him and has accrued 8,766 saves. The opposition has scored 855 goals against Allen in his NHL career and his goals against rate is 2.60. He has compiled an overall record of 168-126-35 and he started in 333 games. Allen has been in net for 353 matchups over the course of his pro hockey career.
Their last time out, Columbus played the Red Wings in a matchup where the Blue Jackets notched a victory by a tally of 5-4. The Blue Jackets had 5 goals out of the 33 shots on goal they attempted. They had 5 attempts on the power play in this game but weren't able to score a goal.
Columbus has attempted 2,194 shots (20th in the NHL) and has a shooting percentage of 10.53%, while allowing the other team 2,598 shots. They have a penalty kill rate of 78.67% on the other teams 211 chances on the power play, and their save percentage currently sits at 89.6%. They have recorded 192 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 17.19%. The Blue Jackets have accumulated 198 goals at even strength and 33 goals (28th in the league) while having a power play advantage. They have granted a total of 271 goals to be scored by way of 226 goals at even strength and 45 goals while they were shorthanded. Over the course of the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets have earned a total of 231 goals, 74 points, in addition to a points percentage of .507.
Across the ice you will find Elvis Merzlikins between the pipes. Merzlikins has accrued a career record of 45-40-19 and has been in net for 112 contests. Merzlikins' quality start percentage sits at 51.5% and he has accumulated 53 quality starting assignments in his pro hockey career. He has recorded 3,114 stops out of 3,415 shots attempted, which gives him a percentage of .912. Teams are averaging 2.93 goals per game and he has yielded 301 goals overall. He has been a starter 103 contests and has played for a total of 6,157 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony's Pick: Take Montreal (+163)
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