Montreal Canadiens at Winnipeg Jets - 6/2/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Winnipeg Jets (34-23-3) vs Montreal Canadiens (28-24-11)
Game Info: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Bell MTS Place)
Betting Odds: Winnipeg Jets -112 / Montreal Canadiens +102 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets will host the Montreal Canadiens in game 1 of their North Conference 2nd round series. Winnipeg won the regular season series 6-3 and were 3-1 at home.
The Canadiens head into this game having won 3 straight games after falling 3-1 in their series against Toronto. In their series with the Maple Leafs, the Canadiens averaged 2 goals per game. Tyler Toffoli led the team with 28 goals and 44 points during the regular season and leads with 5 points in the postseason. Carey Price started all 7 games thus far for Montreal. He has allowed 2.24 goals per game with a .932 save percentage. He was 2-2 against the Jets during the regular season, with 3 goals allowed per game. Montreal is one of just three teams that has averaged under 30 shots per game this postseason.
Winnipeg shocked a lot of people with their first-round sweep of the Edmonton Oilers. They averaged 3.5 goals per game and held a potent Oilers offense to just 2 goals per game. Connor Hellbuyck started all 4 games for the Jets in round 1, stopping 95% of the shots he faced. During the regular season he was 6-3 against Montreal with a 2.67 GAA. Kyle Connor led the team with 6 goals and 10 points against the Canadiens during the regular season and ranks 2nd with 4 points this postseason. The Jets ranked 2nd in the NHL with a +1.5 scoring differential in the first round.
Montreal is 14-11-7 on the road this season, 29-34 ATS, and the Under is 34-26.
Winnipeg is 15-13-2 at home this season, 39-21 ATS, and the Over is 29-27.
Both teams are red hot after sending home two of the top teams in round 1. Winnipeg had the edge in the regular season series, so they open this game as the favorites at home. The Jets have averaged the third most goals in the playoffs thus far, and will be back home where they have averaged 40 shots per game this postseason. Montreal’s Carey Price struggled against the Jets during the regular season, and Connor Hellbuyck has been lights out for Winnipeg this postseason. Back the home team in a test of two of the hottest teams in the playoffs right now.
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