Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens - 4/8/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens - 4/8/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens (17-9-9) vs Winnipeg Jets (23-13-3)

Game Info: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)

Betting Odds: Montreal Canadiens -150 / Winnipeg Jets +125 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Winnipeg Jets and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Thursday night.

The Winnipeg Jets will look to build on their 4-3 win over Ottawa in their last matchup. Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring with 45 points including 15 goals and a team-high 30 assists while Nikolaj Ehlers has 38 points with 15 goals and 23 assists. Kyle Connor has 37 points with a team-high 18 goals and Blake Wheeler and Neal Pionk each have 20+ assists for the Jets this season. As a team, Winnipeg is averaging 3.2 goals on 30 shots per game with a 25.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 31.3 shots with an 80% kill rate on the PK this season.

The Montreal Canadiens will be out to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Toronto last time out. Tyler Toffoli leads the Canadiens in scoring with 30 points including a team-high 19 goals with 11 assists while Jonathan Drouin leads the Habs with 19 assists this season. Jeff Petry and Nick Suzuki each have 17 assists as well this season for Montreal. As a team, Montreal is averaging 3.2 goals per game on 33.4 shots with a 21.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.7 goals on 28.3 shots with a 76.1% success rate on the penalty kill this season.

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Winnipeg is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 4-1 in their last 5 road games while the over is 8-3-2 in their last 13 road games. Montreal is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.

I get the case that could be made for either side, as Montreal tends to play their best at home and Winnipeg plays their best on the road. However, the Canadiens just went to war with the Leafs on Wednesday and put a lot into that game in a losing effort and now taking on a Winnipeg team that like previously mentioned, plays their best hockey on the road. I’ll lean towards the Jets on the road in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Winnipeg +125

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