Things are tightening up in the NHL’s Eastern Conference playoff race with three teams fighting for the final two spots. The Montreal Canadiens’ current four-game losing streak has put them in reaching distance of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Wild Card race. The Habs try to snap their losing skid when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Blue Jackets vs Canadiens Betting Analysis
The Blue Jackets are coming off a 5-1 home loss to the Tampa Bay Monday night. Columbus fell behind 5-0 with league scoring leader Nikita Kucherov picking up five points in the process. John Tortorella’s club is 5-2 straight up (SU) in its last seven games and 4-0 in its last four away dates.
Columbus is 18-10 SU on the road this season and only the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs possess better away records on the campaign. A $100 bettor would be up $832 if they backed the Blue Jackets in each of their 28 road games.
The team has been a slightly better under bet on the year. Columbus has played under the total in three of its last four games. The under is 29-23-6 on the campaign for the Blue Jackets.
Montreal is trying to get past an embarrassing loss to the Florida Panthers. The game included a potential candidate for highlight-reel goal of the season. Aleksander Barkov’s unassisted breakaway goal in the closing minutes of the second period ended the Habs’ chances of winning the game.
The Canadiens return home after a winless three-game road trip and just one point earned in the standings in their last four games overall.
Montreal won 4-2 as a +128 road underdog against Columbus in the two clubs’ only previous meeting this season. The under is 5-1 in the last six matchups between these two sides dating back to December 2016.
Columbus Blue Jackets
The 5-1 setback to the Lightning was a tough pill to swallow for the Blue Jackets. Columbus outshot the league leaders 40-20 but still fell behind 5-0. Artemi Panarin was held off the score sheet after scoring twice and adding an assist in Saturday’s win over his former squad, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Jackets continue to struggle scoring on the power play. They’re scoreless in their last 10 power play opportunities.
Backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo got the start and wasn’t pulled in the game against the Bolts. That means bettors should expect to see starter Sergei Bobrovsky back between the pipes on Tuesday night against the Habs.
The Canadiens have some rest concerns themselves. While the club isn’t coming off a game the previous night like the Blue Jackets, Montreal is playing for the third time in four days. No. 1 netminder Carey Price was forced into relief duty in the loss to Florida after backup Antti Niemi allowed three goals on the first nine shots.