Winnipeg Jets vs. Montreal Canadiens Free Preview

In their final head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Winnipeg Jets and the Montreal Canadiens face off at Bell Centre for an East-West matchup. The opening face-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 3, and you can watch it live on Reseau Des Sports.

Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens Odds

Winnipeg is 49-30 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 12.9 units this season. 39 of its contests have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under and just two have pushed. As a road team this season, the Jets are 19-21 SU.

Winnipeg has converted on 23.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for fourth-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked 12th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.6 percent of all penalties.

The Jets, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 4.8 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s been forced to kill penalties 8.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 28.2 saves per game with a .922 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (42-23-9) has been the top option in goal for Winnipeg this season. Hellebuyck played last night, however, so the team could decide to rest him and instead roll with Steve Mason (4-8-1 record, .906 save percentage, 3.18 goals against average).

Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Jets. Wheeler (89 points) is up to 22 goals and 67 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 24 different games. Laine has 43 goals and 25 assists to his nameand has notched a point in 49 games.

On the other side of the ice, Montreal is 28-51 straight up (SU) and has lost 25.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 79 regular season outings, 42 of its games have gone under the total, while 35 have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 18-22 SU as the home team this year.

The Canadiens have converted on just 21.4 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.3 percent of all opponent power plays.

Montreal players have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game in total this season, 3.8 per game over their past five match ups total, and 4.0 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to kill penalties 12.4 minutes per contest over their last five home games.

Carey Price (27.4 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in goal for the Canadiens. Price has 16 wins, 31 losses, and six OT losses and has maintained a fairly-weak .902 save percentage and 3.05 goals against average this season.

Brendan Gallagher (30 goals, 21 assists) will pace the attack for the hosts.

Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens Free Picks

Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Two of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 2-0 in those games and 4-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • The total has gone over in three of Montreal’s last five games.
  • Over Montreal’s last ten outings, nine of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-6 in those games).
  • This game features two of the tougher teams in the league. Winnipeg skaters have dished out the 12th-most hits in the league (22.5 per game) while the Habs have registered the most (26.6).