- Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets Predictions
Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets Predictions
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Money Line Prediction
The Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets will conclude a two-game series in Montreal when they meet again on Saturday. Winnipeg took the opener 4-2 on Thursday for its second consecutive win. Also because of two recent postponements against Vancouver (Covid-19), the Jets have not lost since April 2; they haven’t lost in regulation since March 30. Connor Hellebuyck, who won the Vezina Trophy last year, is well-rested and also in fine form. He is 19-10-3 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Hellebuyck has made 11 straight starts without allowing more than three goals on any occasion and four times during this stretch he has limited opponents to one goal or fewer (one shutout). The Canadiens have dropped three of their last four and have not won in regulation since April 1. Tyler Toffoli is the only team member averaging close to a point per game (30 in 34) but he has only one goal in the last five contests. Winnipeg is 35-17 in its last 52 against opponents with losing records, 5-1 in its last six on the road, and 5-2 in its last seven at Montreal. The Canadiens are 1-6 in their last seven that are the fourth of a four games in six days situation and 2-6 in the last eight meetings between the two teams. Go with the Jets.
Game Totals Prediction
This should be a nice goalie battle between Hellebuyck and Jake Allen. In 14 appearances this year, Allen has surrendered more than three goals only once. In their last four games, the Habs have lit the lamp only 10 times–nine times in regulation. Winnipeg is tied for sixth in the NHL in fewest power-play goals allowed, so the visitors are unlikely to give up anything cheap to Montreal. Even if the Canadiens do get a few good lucks, Hellebuyck should be up to the challenge. This has the feeling of a 3-2 result–or something similar–in Winnipeg’s favor. The under is 34-16-2 in the Canadiens’ last 52 playing on one day of rest. Lean toward the under.