Canadiens vs Jets Prediction - NHL Picks 12/18/23

Winnipeg Jets (18-9-2) vs Montreal Canadiens (13-13-4)

Game Info: Monday, December 18, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Canada Life Centre)

Betting Odds: Winnipeg Jets -215 / Montreal Canadiens +176 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Montreal Canadiens will play the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night at the Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Montreal has lost two of their last three games, while Winnipeg has won six of their last seven. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Canadiens vs Jets prediction.

Canadiens Preview

The Montreal Canadiens are 13-13-4 this season after they defeated the Islanders by a score of 5-3 in their last game. Montreal scored four goals in the second period to lead 4-0, but they were barely able to hang on for the win in the third period. The Canadiens out shot New York by a total of 41-33 and went 0-2 on the power play in the game. Montreal lost to Pittsburgh and Nashville in the two games prior to New York, but they did defeat Buffalo before that. The Canadiens are scoring 2.70 goals per game and they are allowing 3.37 goals against per game, while going 16.7% on the power play and 72.6% on the penalty kill. Nick Suzuki has led Montreal with eight goals, 17 assists, and 74 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Montreal is Sam Montembeault, who is 7-4-2 this year with a 2.79 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. 

Jets Preview

The Winnipeg Jets are 18-9-2 this year after they defeated Colorado by a score of 6-2 in their last game. Winnipeg scored five of the first six goals in this game and they were able to cruise to the win. The Jets were out shot by a total of 32-25 and went 1-2 on the power play in the game. Winnipeg’s only loss in their last seven games was against San Jose, while they have also defeated LA, Anaheim, Colorado, Carolina, and Chicago. The Jets are scoring 3.34 goals per game and they are allowing 2.59 goals against per game, while going 17% on the power play and 75.3% on the penalty kill. Mark Scheifele has led the Jets with 11 goals, 22 assists, and 72 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck, who is 15-6-1 this year with a 2.41 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. 

Winnipeg Jets Team Facts

  • The Jets have won each of their last six night games following a home win.
  • The Jets have covered the puck line in six of their last seven games as home favorites.
  • The Jets have won the first period in each of their last four games following a home win.
  • The 'Under 0.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Jets' last four home games against opponents on a losing streak.

Montreal Canadiens Team Facts

  • The Canadiens have won each of their last two games as underdogs against the Jets.
  • The Canadiens have covered the puck line in each of their last four games.
  • The Canadiens have lost the second period in four of their last five games as underdogs following a win.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in five of the Canadiens' last six games as underdogs against Central Division opponents.

Winnipeg Jets Player Prop Facts

  • Adam Lowry has scored at least one goal in three of the Jets' last four games against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Adam Lowry has recorded at least one point in each of the Jets' last seven games as favorites against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Nikolaj Ehlers has recorded at least one assist in six of the Jets' last seven games.
  • Adam Lowry has scored two goals against the Canadiens this season - most against any opponent.

Montreal Canadiens Player Prop Facts

  • Kirby Dach has recorded at least one point in six of his last seven appearances with the Canadiens as underdogs.
  • Nick Suzuki has recorded at least one assist in five of the Canadiens' last six games against the Jets.
  • Nick Suzuki ranks 1st in the league for shootout goals (4) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Winnipeg Jets ranks 3rd in the league for Period 3 goals scored per game this season (1.31).
  • The Winnipeg Jets ranks 3rd in the league for Period 1 goals allowed per game this season (0.66).
  • The Montreal Canadiens ranks T31st in the league for power play goals against this season (29).
  • The Montreal Canadiens ranks 31st in the league for Period 1 goals scored per game this season (0.57).

Canadiens vs Jets Betting Prediction

Winnipeg comes into this game as one of the hottest teams in the NHL, and they will be at home, where they are 9-5-1. The Jets have scored at least four goals in four of their last five games, while also allowing two goals or fewer in seven straight games. Montreal has lost three of their last five games and they are only scoring 2.70 goals per game this year. Winnipeg is red hot right now and I am going to take them to win this game by at least two goals. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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