Jets vs. Canadiens Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

David Bastl | Updated Feb 06, 2019

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The Jets start a three game road trip through the Atlantic division Thursday evening. Overall, the club has not played well in Montreal, going 4-11-1 in the last 16 games.

Winnipeg
47-30-4-1
AT
February 07, 2019, 7:30 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
44-30-8
Puckline -1.5 +205
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +6

79%

Betting Action

21%

Puckline +1.5 -245
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +6

79%

Betting Action

21%

The Montreal Canadiens are playing some of their best hockey of the year entering this game with the Jets. The Habs are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, riding a hot goaltender and solid play from Jonathan Drouin, who now has seven points in his last five games. The Jets sit atop the Central division with 70 points, and are 14-10 on the road this season.

Jets vs Canadiens Betting Analysis

This will be the first of two games played this regular season between these two teams. Last year, they split the two-game series, both winning 5-4 in overtime in each other’s buildings. Splitting is something these two teams have been good at. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, they have played 10 games with each of them winning five games.

Overall, the Jets have not played well in Montreal, going 4-11-1 in the last 16 games. Head-to-head the favourite is 12-4 in the last 16 games, but the road team is 4-0 in the last four meetings.

The over is an impressive 6-1 in the last seven games, including both games played against each other last season.

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets are coming off a 3-2 overtime setback to the Sharks on home ice Tuesday night. They conclude their short home stand with a 2-1 record and are now 6-2 in eight overtime games this season, and snapped a seven game home winning streak.

One of the team’s strengths this season has been the play of their power-play, ranked number one on home ice, but they failed to score against the Sharks going 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Blake Wheeler scored his 11th goal of the season, and has goals in back-to-back games (for the second time this season). Bryan Little failed to produce a point, but has points in 10 of his last 13 games.

One note of concern for the club is the health of defenceman Josh Morrissey. Morrissey blocked a shot early in the first period, and is officially listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury. His status is not known at this time for Thursday’s game.

The team will start a short three-game road trip through the Atlantic (Montreal, Ottawa, Buffalo) where they are 5-3-1 against the division this season.

Montreal Canadiens

Even the most optimistic Canadiens fan did not expect this sort of success from the team so far this season. Montreal is coming off a 4-1 over the Ducks Tuesday, and as of Wednesday morning are third place in the Atlantic division, one point back of the second-place Maple Leafs (Leafs have two games in hand).

There are a number of reasons why this team has been successful but it starts with all-world goaltender Carey Price. The former Vezina Trophy winner has lived up to that billing since January 1st. He enters this game with the Jets on a six-game winning streak, allowing only eight goals against over that time.

Price’s success coincides with the addition of Shea Weber from injury. The Captain missed the first 24 games of the season, but since that time has been playing once again like a Norris Trophy candidate logging an average of over 24 minutes of ice time per game. The team is an impressive 19-10-1 with the cornerstone in the line-up.

Rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi enters this game on a three game goal streak. The 18 year-old Finn was the team’s third overall pick in the June draft. He has 26 points in 54 games. Perhaps the best off-season acquisition for the club was Max Domi from the Arizona Coyotes. Domi has blossomed in Montreal, leading the team in scoring with 17 goals and 30 assists. He is on pace to shatter his personal career highs of 18 goals and 24 assists set back in the 2015-16 season.

Jets vs. Canadiens Prediction

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