Blue Jackets vs. Canadiens Sunday Pick
The Blue Jackets will head to Montreal on Sunday afternoon to take on the Canadiens at 2:00 p.m. ET. With the total sitting at 5.5 goals, what’s the best play for bettors in this matchup?
063 Columbus Blue Jackets (+114) at 064 Montreal Canadiens (-137); o/u 5.5
2:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, February 2, 2020
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Public Betting Information
Our NHL Public Betting Information page shows that 59% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Blue Jackets to win on the money line.
Columbus Blue Jackets Fantasy Spin
Elvis Merzlikins did not get the start on Saturday as coach John Tortorella wanted to go with the goalie who had played during the break. While Merzlikins had the week off because of the All-Star game and the CBA mandated five day break, backup Matiss Kivlenieks was sent to the minors and played. Tortorella wanted Merzlikins to get in an extra practice before getting another start. Look for Merzlikins to play Sunday as the Blue Jackets are in Montreal to play the Canadiens. Merzlikins is 9-6-4 this season with a 2.39 GAA and a .926 save percentage but is 9-2-0 since Joonas Korpisalo went down with an injury just after Christmas.
Montreal Canadiens Fantasy Spin
With his shutout of the Panthers Saturday night Carey Price passed Hall of Famer Ken Dryden on the Canadiens' all-time shutout list. It was Price's 47th of his NHL career putting him in third spot behind only George Hainsworth (75) and Jacques Plante (58). Price has started 43 of Montreal's last 53 games and is likely to get the call Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets are 6-1 in their last seven games overall and are 4-0 in their last four games as an underdog.
The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last five games overall but are just 5-14 in their last 19 home games.
The under has cashed in seven of the last 10 meetings between these two teams and is 13-3-1 in the last 17 meetings between these two teams in Montreal. The under is also 13-3 in the Blue Jackets’ last 16 games overall, is 4-0 in their last four road games and is 6-2 in their last eight games as a road underdog. On the other side, the under is 7-1-1 in the Canadiens’ last nine games overall, is 10-1-1 in their last 12 home games and is 5-0 in their last five games as a favorite.
Sunday NHL Prediction: Blue Jackets/Canadiens UNDER 5.5