Money Line Pick
The Columbus Blue Jackets are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. They enter this game in 4th place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 27-16-9 and 63 points, which also gives them the 6th best record in the conference. However, they are coming off a 1-2 overtime loss on the road against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The loss snapped their six-game winning streak, so they will look to bounce back on Sunday when they travel to take on the Montreal Canadiens. Meanwhile, Montreal is in 5th place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 24-22-7 and 55 points. They enter this game riding a two-game winning streak and have won four of their last five games, which includes Saturday’s 4-0 shutout win at home against the Florida Panthers. The Blue Jackets have been the better team this season. As a result, I look for Columbus to come away with the win on the road against Montreal on Sunday.
Over Under Pick
Neither team is above average when it comes to goals per game this season. Columbus enters this game averaging 2.71 goals per game, which ranks 25th in the NHL. However, they are one of the best teams defensively in the league this season as they are allowing the 2nd fewest goals per game with 2.55. Meanwhile, Montreal ranks 17th in goals per game this season with 3.08. Defensively, the Canadiens have been inconsistent this season as they enter this game allowing 3.12 goals per game, which ranks 16th in the NHL. The total in this game could go either way, so I would recommend staying away from the total. However, if you want to bet the total, I would go with the under 5.5 goals.