Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Nov 27): Blue Jackets vs Canadiens Prediction
Another busy weekend of hockey has passed. The NHL has reached the quarter point of the season. Monday has five NHL games on as we continue deeper into the season. Here are my best bets for November 27. Odds can be found at BetOnline.
Columbus Blue Jackets (-107) at Montreal Canadiens (-103)
Columbus and Montreal meet in Eastern Conference battle on Monday night. The Blue Jackets will be riding a six-game winning streak into the matchup. The Canadiens have lost five of their last six.
The Blue Jackets hold second place in the Metropolitan Division. Columbus has gone 15-7-1 on the season. Montreal has not been off to a hot start. They are 9-12-3 on the season, which places them sixth in the Atlantic Division. Both teams made the playoffs last season and lost in the first round.
Columbus and Montreal met for the first time on November 14. The game was held in Montreal. The game was tight, with Josh Anderson scoring in the first period and Paul Byron tying it up halfway through the third. The game needed overtime to get settled, Zach Werenski scored the game winner. Columbus was able to pull off the win, largely because of Sergei Bobrovsky’s play. Bobrovsky allowed only one goal on twenty-nine shots.
The Blue Jackets have been awful on the power play. Columbus has been able to score on only 9.68 percent of their odd man advantages. The Blue Jackets have been able to make up for it though by putting up one of the league best penalty kills. They have been able to kill off 84.48 percent of their penalties against.
Montreal has not been good on either the power play or the penalty kill. The Canadiens have scored on only 15.48 percent of their power plays. Their penalty kill has not been much better, stopping 75.95 percent of all penalties against them. The Blue Jackets could find themselves with a rare advantage in the special team’s aspect of play.
Carey Price has been struggling through injuries recently. Price made his first appearance in ten games last matchup against Buffalo. Price posted a thirty-six-shot shut out. On the season Price has not been playing to his elite standards. Price has a .890 save percentage and a GAA of 3.44.
Sergei Bobrovsky has been continuing to play nearly unstoppable. Bobrovsky has a .936 save percentage and has only allowed 1.91 GAA. His elite play gives the Blue Jackets an advantage in nearly every game. This game could become a goaltending battle again. If it does, Bobrovsky could give the Blue Jackets the edge again.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction
Neither team has a point leader largely above the rest. Artemi Panarin leads the Blue Jackets with fifteen points. Montreal is led by Jonathan Drouin, who also has fifteen points. The big difference how deep the scoring goes for Columbus. The Blue Jackets have twenty players with at least one goal and three or more points. Montreal only has fourteen. The Blue Jackets scoring can come from any line, which makes them a clear danger to the Canadiens.
Both teams are very close in the money line. Columbus has the slight advantage, but not nearly enough to do them justice. By saying that Columbus is -107, it says they will win this game about 52 percent of the time. I believe that Columbus should be favored to win this game closer to 60 percent of the time. This makes the Blue Jackets a great pick for Monday night.