Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets Game 1 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 01, 2021

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It’s a very unlikely North Division final series starting Wednesday night from Winnipeg as the Jets host the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the best-of-7.

Montreal
24-21-8-3
AT
June 02, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg
30-23-1-2
Puckline +1.5 -208
Moneyline +124
Over / Under o +5.5

32%

Betting Action

68%

Puckline -1.5 +173
Moneyline -149
Over / Under u +5.5

32%

Betting Action

68%

The Jets opened as -131 favourites on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Canadiens vs. Jets Stanley Cup Odds

Any NHL prognosticators out there who predicted the third-place Jets to upset the second-place Edmonton Oilers in Round 1 and the fourth-place Canadiens to shockingly rally from a 3-1 series deficit to stun the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, well, kudos. Because we sure didn’t.

In fact, we liked Toronto to reach the Stanley Cup Finals – but that was before John Tavares went down injured in Game 1 vs. Montreal; he wouldn’t play again. Monday’s 3-1 home loss for the Leafs was their unthinkable eighth straight defeat in series-clinching games. Toronto finished with 19 more points than Montreal during the regular season but now remains without a playoff series victory since 2004. Expect some changes this off-season.

Winnipeg probably never expected to have home-ice advantage for this series and is the -136 favourite on the series line with Montreal at -102. To win the Cup, the Canadiens are +1300 with the Jets +1400. Interesting that Montreal is an underdog in this series but has shorter odds to win the Cup.

This will mark the first-ever playoff series between the Montreal and Winnipeg franchises. The Canadiens and original Jets also never met in the post-season. The Jets were 6-3 vs. the Canadiens this season and 3-1 at home. The over is 6-1 in the past seven meetings.

Montreal Canadiens

In Games 5 and 6 vs. Toronto, Montreal scored the game-winning goal in overtime off Maple Leafs turnovers. The Habs’ first two goals of their 3-1 win in Game 7 on Monday were also via Toronto mistakes. Brendan Gallagher had his first playoff goal at 3:02 of the second to open the scoring, Corey Perry’s second of the post-season (on the power play) made it 2-0 at 15:25 of the second, and Tyler Toffoli’s second of the playoffs at 17:22 of the third basically ended it.

Carey Price turned aside 30 of 31 shots and was brilliant in the final three games. Price has now allowed one goal or fewer in three of his four career Game 7 appearances. His three victories are tied with Ken Dryden (3-0) for the most Game 7 victories in franchise history. It was the 30th time in Stanley Cup playoff history a team rallied to win a best-of-7 after trailing the series 3-1 and the third time Montreal has done it.

Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg finished the stunning sweep of Edmonton with a third straight overtime victory way back on May 24, so the Jets are well-rested but also perhaps a bit rusty. This reminds of the 2018 playoffs when Winnipeg beat Minnesota in five games in Round 1 and then had to wait a week for Round 2. The Jets would win Game 1 of that series in Nashville, 4-1, and the series in seven.

Kyle Connor had the triple-OT winner in Game 4 vs. Edmonton, his second goal of the series and the longest playoff game in Jets history. Blake Wheeler (2G, 3A) and Mark Scheifele (2G, 3A) led the team with five points each in the series. Connor Hellebuyck started all four games vs. Edmonton and had a 1.60 goals-against average and .950 save per centage. Hellebuyck played in all nine regular-season games vs. Montreal and had a 2.67 GAA and .916 SV.

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