Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets Game 2 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 04, 2021

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The Montreal Canadiens stole Game 1 of their North Division playoff series in Winnipeg and won’t have to deal with Jets star Mark Scheifele for at least Game 2 on Friday.

Montreal
24-21-8-3
AT
June 04, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg
30-23-1-2
Puckline +1.5 -240
Moneyline -105
Over / Under o +5.5

46%

Betting Action

54%

Puckline -1.5 +199
Moneyline -115
Over / Under u +5.5

46%

Betting Action

54%

Winnipeg is still a short home favourite on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Canadiens vs. Jets Stanley Cup Odds

Are the Canadiens good or lucky? Perhaps both. In Game 1 of the first round, they were sizable underdogs in Toronto but saw Leafs star John Tavares leave the game early with an injury on an accidental hit. Montreal won that game and eventually the series as Tavares wouldn’t play again.

In Game 1 of the second round in Winnipeg on Wednesday, the Habs were solid underdogs and won 5-3. That’s big enough, but on the last goal, an empty-netter in the final minute, Montreal’s Jake Evans was obliterated on a hit by Winnipeg star Mark Scheifele. Evans left on a stretcher, while Scheifele was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.

As of this writing, there’s no word on how long Scheifele will be suspended, but it’s going to be multiple games – just not more than five (see below). Habs defenceman Joel Edmundson vowed revenge on Scheifele but might not get the chance this series. That’s a massive loss for the Jets as Scheifele led the club with 42 assists and 63 points in the regular season and averaged more ice time than any other forward.

The underdog has now won the past five meetings in this series. The over is 5-1 in the previous six in Winnipeg.

Montreal Canadiens

Very impressive win Wednesday for Montreal as it was on short rest and off a very grueling series against bitter-rival Toronto while facing a well-rested opponent on its home ice; consider that in similar situations, the New York Islanders (at Boston) and Vegas Golden Knights (at Colorado) were both blown out in Game 1 of their second-round series. The Canadiens own an all-time series record of 63-11 when leading 1-0 in a best-of-7 series.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi (fourth of playoffs), Eric Staal (first), Nick Suzuki (third), Brendan Gallagher (second; on power play), and Jake Evans (first) had the goals in the win over the Jets on Wednesday. Kotkaniemi now has eight career post-season goals, and only Claude Lemieux (10) has scored more playoff goals before his 21st birthday in franchise history. Evans, the Toronto native, seems likely to miss multiple games. He had three goals and 10 assists in 47 regular-season games and one goal in four games in these playoffs. Carey Price allowed three goals on 30 shots in the win. Montreal is 5-2 in its past seven after a win.

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets were series favourites entering Game 1 but are now +161 underdogs following the loss, with Montreal at -207. The favoured exact series result is now Canadiens in six at +353. The Jets rallying to win the next four is an +1100 long shot.

Connor Hellebuyck was great vs. Edmonton but not as sharp Wednesday in allowing four goals on 32 shots, although his defence didn’t not help much as all of Montreal’s goals were from in close. Adam Lowry (first goal of playoffs; short-handed), Derek Forbort (first) and Kyle Connor (third) had the Game 1 goals. On Thursday, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Mark Scheifele would have a phone hearing for the hit, meaning the longest suspension he could be assessed is five games. It seems quite possible he gets all five even though Scheifele has never been suspended previously. The Jets were already without veteran forward Paul Stastny, who missed the opener with an undisclosed injury.

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