Afternoon Rout NHL 10*

Afternoon Rout NHL 10*

Columbus vs. Montreal, 02/02/2020 14:00 EDT, Score: 4 - 3

Money Line: +122 Columbus

Sportsbook: Betonline

Result: Win

Afternoon Rout - Rickenbach NHL Rotation #63 Sunday 10* Top Play Columbus Blue Jackets Money Line (+) @ Montreal Canadiens @ 2:05 ET - The Blue Jackets will have Elvis Merzlikins back between the pipes for this one. Merzlikins is 5-0 in his last 5 starts and has allowed a total of only 5 goals during this stretch. Overall, ever since Joonas Korpisalo got hurt, Merzlikins has been phenomenal between the pipes. The Blue Jackets used Matiss Kivlenieks in yesterday's OT loss at Buffalo. While Columbus will have a red hot goalie between the pipes for this one, the situation is expected to be much different for the Canadiens. Their red hot goalie is Carey Price and he was between the pipes in yesterday's 4-0 shutout win over Florida. That means Charlie Lindgren is likely to be in the crease tonight for Montreal. The Habs back-up netminder is 0-3 this season and has allowed 4 goals in each of his last two starts. In his only start last season Lindgren allowed 5 goals. The season before that was the only season in which Lindgren saw significant NHL action. He lost 10 of 14 starts and compiled a 3.03 GAA. The point is that he is a significant step down from Price between the pipes. Should the Canadiens decide to use Price here it would be a tough back to back spot for him. That said, look for it to be Lindgren and look for Merzlikins to win this battle! The Canadiens are off back to back wins but they had lost 10 of 14 previously. Also, the Habs have not won 3 straight games since early December. Montreal is 0-3 the last 3 times they have entered a game off back to back wins. The Blue Jackets are off that OT loss yesterday and are 3-0 the last 3 times they entered a game off a defeat. Also, prior to that loss Columbus had won 15 of 19 games. This the perfect spot to get plus money with a red hot Blue Jackets team in bounce back mode. 10* COLUMBUS

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