Winnipeg Jets (27-19-3) at Montreal Canadiens (21-18-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -115 / Winnipeg Jets +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens meet Friday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Winnipeg Jets need a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with 22 goals, Mark Scheifele has 36 assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 148 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 103 goals on 1,187 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has given up 25 goals on 319 shots.
The Montreal Canadiens need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Tyler Toffoli leads Montreal with 25 goals, Jeff Petry has 23 assists and Josh Anderson has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 77.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 65 goals on 659 shots faced and Jake Allen has given up 58 goals on 651 shots.
The Jets are 0-4 in their last 4 games as an underdog and 0-5 in their last 5 overall. The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last 7 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 3-1-1 in Jets last 5 overall. The under is 5-0-1 in Canadiens last 6 home games. The Jets are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Montreal and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The road team is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings. The underdog is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Winnipeg Jets aren't playing well obviously and they're hard to back in their current form, especially on the road. However, the Jets have won three straight games against the Habs and six of the eight meetings this season overall. The Montreal Canadiens have gotten respect from oddsmakers all season long and they simply don't win enough to justify these prices. I'm not running to the window to back the Jets, but laying juice with the Canadiens isn't much of an option. Give me the Jets and the plus money.