Tonights NHL Picks January 14th 2015

The Panthers let the Jets walk all over them last night, as they pounded Florida 8-2. Luongo was looking great in goal recently (until last night), allowing four goals on twenty shots (.800 SV%) and was replaced by Montoya who also allowed four goals, on just 15 shots. Florida needs to get back into focus as they actually have a shot at making the playoffs.

Four games on the board tonight, we have one pick that also was alerted in one of our systems, therefore we will be taking the Canadiens for 4 units tonight.

This is still a generous price on Montreal considering they are one of the best in the League. Their recent pair of losses is likely why we aren’t seeing more juice on them tonight. Also the Flyers/Capitals line isn’t out yet so if we add a play in that we will send another email.

Let’s get back in the win column tonight with the Habs.
Montreal Canadiens @ Columbus Blue Jackets: CANADIENS 1.84

Risk: 4 Units | Win: 3.36 Units

The Montreal Canadiens are coming off of a (rare) pair of back to back losses, the most recent was a 2-1 overtime loss via the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, even though the Habs defeated the Penguins 4-1 just one week prior to that game. The Canadiens are 2nd overall in the Atlantic Division with 55 points in 41 games, with four fewer games that the first place Lightning (58 points). The Habs could easily lead this division as the Bolts have four games on them. The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired just 39 points in 40 games this season, and currently sit 6th overall in the Metropolitan division. Columbus is struggling on defense, as they allowed a combined 10 goals against in their last two games (avg. of 5 goals against per game), while scoring just four of their own goals in back-to-back “5-2″ losses. One of those came via the Leafs, the other came at the hands of the Islanders. The Blue Jackets have allowed 3.60 goals per game
over their last 10 games, while the Canadiens defense allowed just 1.60 goals against per game over their last 10 games. The Montreal defense is currently one of the best in the League, ranked 3rd overall today with 2.29 goals against per game. Columbus on the other hand has one of the worst, ranked 26th overall on defense with 3.25 goals against per game. The Canadiens scored 3 or more goals in 7 of their last 10 games, they should be able to continue scoring against a weak Columbus defense tonight. The Canadiens have the 6th best penalty kill in the League at 85.3%, while the Blue Jackets rank 20th at 79.9%. The Habs are 13-7-1 on the road this season (26-12-2-1 overall) while Columbus has gone 9-10-1-1 at Home, and 18-19-2-1 overall. Carey Price has been confirmed to start for Montreal tonight and has some of the best numbers in the League right now. Carey is 22-10-2 on the season (4th in wins with 22), and has a .928 SV% (4th) and a
2.19 GAA (8th). Sergei Bobrovsky is still probable for Columbus tonight and is 15-12-2 season-to-date with a 2.88 GAA and a .914 SV%. The Canadiens have lost two in a row and will be looking to get back into the win column tonight. The Habs are well rested (haven’t played since Jan. 10th), healthy (with the exception of Parenteau) and are one of the best teams in the NHL against the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets.