Winnipeg Jets vs. Montreal Canadiens Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 05, 2021

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Montreal has not trailed since the start of Game 5 in the first round vs. the Leafs. The team hasn’t won more than five straight playoff games since winning the Cup in 1993.

Winnipeg
30-23-1-2
AT
June 06, 2021, 6:00 PM ET
Bell Centre
Montreal
24-21-8-3
Puckline +1.5 -232
Moneyline +105
Over / Under o +5

49%

Betting Action

51%

Puckline -1.5 +193
Moneyline -126
Over / Under u +5

49%

Betting Action

51%

The North Division final playoff series between the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens shifts to Bell Centre for Game 3 on Sunday night with the Habs up 2-0 in the series and favoured for the first time in the series on the NHL odds with a total of 5.5 goals.

Jets vs. Canadiens Stanley Cup Odds

Keep in mind this is the front end of a back-to-back, so it could affect which goaltender both teams start. The Habs were 1-2 at home in the first round vs. Toronto but won Game 6 there with 2,500 fans in attendance – the first time this season fans were allowed in an NHL game in Canada. That same attendance cap is in place for now. The Jets won both their road games (in Edmonton) in Round 1.

In the regular season, Winnipeg was 3-2 in Montreal. The Habs did win the most recent meeting at Bell Centre, 5-3 on April 30. The Jets were up 3-1 more than midway through the second period. Nick Suzuki got the tie-breaking goal on the power play with 4:50 left in the third.

With Montreal now up 2-0 in the series, the Canadiens are -803 favourites on the series line with the Jets +436. The favoured exact result is a Montreal sweep (who would have guessed that before Game 1?) at +233. That it finishes in four games is also a +225 favourite.

Winnipeg Jets

This writer thought the Jets would win the series – at full strength. They just aren’t close to that. Regular-season leading scorer Mark Scheifele served the first game of his four-game suspension in Friday’s 1-0 loss vs. Montreal for his brutal hit on Jake Evans in Game 1. What really irks us bettors is that no one knew that fellow winger Paul Stastny was an injury question entering this series, but he has yet to play due to an undisclosed injury. That’s a combined 92 regular-season points missing with Scheifele and Stastny (if the NHL is going to partner with betting sites, which it has, it needs to be more transparent about injuries). No wonder the Jets are down 2-0.

Top-six blueliner Dylan DeMelo missed Game 2 with a lower-body injury and most likely won’t play here. This is over. The Jets are 7-0, though, in their past seven as road dogs.

Montreal Canadiens

The Habs won their fifth straight playoff game Friday, 1-0. Shea Weber had the lone goal. Artturi Lehkonen had an assist as he returned from injury and replaced the injured Jake Evans in the lineup. Carey Price was good if not great in the regular season but has been in Vezina form during this run as he stopped all 30 shots in Game 2. It was the eighth career playoff shutout of the future Hall of Famer’s career. That’s fourth-most among active goaltenders. Hall of Famers Ken Dryden and Jacques Plante hold the franchise record with 10 each.

Montreal has not trailed since the start of Game 5 in the first round vs. the Leafs. The team hasn’t won more than five straight playoff games since winning the Cup in 1993. That club won a franchise-record 11 post-season games in a row. The Canadiens are 2-5 in their past seven as home favourites.

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