I’ve locked in two plays for Wednesday night and I am getting them up here just before midnight on Tuesday.
Columbus Blue Jackets @ New Jersey Devils – BLUE JACKETS TO WIN (+163)
Columbus has enjoyed the return of their big off season acquisition, Jeff Carter, to the lineup. Columbus has gone 2-0-1 in their last three games, with the only loss being a shutout loss in Boston against the red hot Bruins. The Blue Jackets got their first road win of the season in Nashville on Saturday and then won at home against Calgary 4-1 on Monday. Steve Mason’s injury may have been a lose-win situation for the Blue Jackets, as Curtis Sanford has been great in his place. Sanford has started all three of their past games going 2-0-1 with a 1.46 GAA and .943 SV%. New Jersey returns home after a 5 game road trip that started November 12th in Washington and finished on Monday in Florida. The Devils beat Washington, Buffalo and Tampa Bay, and lost to Boston and Monday against Florida. On the year New Jersey is 10-8-1 and 4-3-1 at home. Martin Brodeur gets the start tonight, and he is 4-4 on the season with a 3.02 GAA and .888 SV%. Many people have written off the Blue Jackets, but they’ve looked strong since the return of Jeff Carter and Sanford has been giving them the opportunity to win games. Columbus is undervalued here tonight, and they are a very live underdog at a good price. Take Columbus moneyline.
Montreal Canadiens @ Carolina Hurricanes – CANADIENS TO WIN (+111)
Montreal is coming off of a 1-0 home loss to Boston on Monday Night, and they are 4-2-1 in their last 7 games. Overall the Canadiens are 9-9-1-2, but have been playing pretty well since a very slow start to the season. Carolina has won two straight games coming into tonight against Toronto at home and Philadelphia on the road. Those two wins followed a stretch where they went 1-7. On the season the Hurricanes are 8-11-3 and 5-5-1 at home, making them second last in the Eastern Conference. Tonight’s game will be Carolina’s third game in four nights which includes some travel to Philadelphia, and they are just 3-7 in their last 10 in the 3rd of a 3 in 4 situation. These two teams met in Montreal last week with the Canadiens winning 4-0 as they controlled most of the game. Montreal also took three of their four meetings last season. The Canadiens have one of the leagues best penalty kills (ranked 4th) and are 100% in their last 5 games. Carolina sits near the bottom of the league in both powerplay and penalty kill. Take note that the Canadiens are 11-4-1 in their last 16 games vs Southeast divisional opponents, and are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Hurricanes are just 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win, and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. Montreal gets Carolina in a good situation tonight and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them continue their recent winning ways against the Canes tonight. Take Montreal to win.
Risking 1 unit on both selections. Post your own plays down below in the comments if you’d like!