The Montreal Canadiens (4th in North Division) will try to end a two-game losing skid while hosting the Winnipeg Jets (3rd in the North), who have won their past two fixtures, including a contest at the Habs on Thursday.
Jets Win Second In RowThe Winnipeg Jets (24-13-3) bagged their second consecutive victory after starting their two-game road set against the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-2 triumph at Bell Centre on Thursday. Josh Morrissey (3 goals, 18 points this year) opened the scoring 18 seconds into the first period before the hosts tied the game one-and-a-half minutes later, only for Trevor Lewis (2 goals, 6 points) and Nikolaj Ehlers (16 goals, 39 points) to score twice more for Winnipeg ahead of the first intermission, with Andrew Copp (13 goals, 31 points) burying an empty-netter with 36 second remaining in the contest after the Habs got a goal back in the second frame. The Jets are 6-2-1 in their last nine overall matchups.
Goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots on Thursday to take his current performance status to 19-10-3 for the season with a 2.53 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He has recorded a 7-4-1 career tally against the Canadiens with a 3.10 GAA and a .913 save percentage. The Jets, meanwhile, are scoring the 7th highest quantity of snipes per game this year (3.23), while conceding the 11th lowest amount on the defensive end (2.68). They are 5th in power play with a 25.2% success rate and 12th in penalty kill with 80.4% efficiency.
Habs Lose Two StraightThe Montreal Canadiens (17-11-9) dropped two decisions in a row (0-2-0) after following up Wednesday’s 3-2 road defeat to the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-2 setback against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell Centre on Thursday. The Habs outshot the visitors 38-27, won 59% of all the face-offs and killed all three of their penalties, but went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage themselves, eventually scoring just twice for the second straight game. Phillip Danault (4 goals, 20 points this year) tied it at 1-1 at 1:40 of the opening frame, while Paul Byron (4 goals, 12 points) got Montreal within 3-2 at the end of the second period. The Canadiens are 5-3-2 in their last 10 fixtures.
Goalie Jake Allen turned aside 23 shots on Thursday and has now gone 5-5-4 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.35 GAA and a .919 save percentage. He has picked up a 5-7-3 previous record against Winnipeg with a 3.14 GAA and a .887 save percentage. The Habs, meanwhile, are burying the 11th highest number of goals per game this season (3.16), while giving up the 12th lowest quantity in their defensive zone (2.70). The team ranks 16th in power play with a 20.6% conversion rate and 22nd in penalty kill with 77.1% proficiency.
Winnipeg (according to Covers.com)
- Jets are 3-8 in their last 11 Saturday games.
- Jets are 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog.
Montreal (according to Covers.com)
- Canadiens are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
If you purely look at the recent trends, the Jets seem like a no-brainer choice for this matchup. They have been in excellent form lately, winning five of their past six road outings, and have already beaten the Canadiens in six of their last eight overall contests and on five of their most recent seven trips to Montreal. Still, don’t count the Habs out just yet! They haven’t dropped three games in a row since losing five straight at the end of February, following up two-game skids with a triumph twice since. Montreal has also been excellent in estimating its opponents the right way, snatching four victories in its last five outings against teams that had allowed no more than two snipes in their previous fixture. So, do expect a motivated performance from the hosting side on Saturday!
Full-Game Total Pick
The very last five contests between Montreal and Winnipeg have all been high-scoring outings, averaging no less than 6.80 strikes per matchup. So, do bank on their upcoming encounter to produce at least six markers once again! Only three of the previous 14 road contests of the Jets have been decided within the limits of just five tallies, as have just five of their past 19 games overall. The most recent four clashes of the Canadiens, played on the last night of a 3-games-in-4-days scenario, meanwhile, have all delivered a substantial amount of goals.