Winnipeg Jets (8-5-2) at Montreal Canadiens (10-4-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday November 11, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -150 / Winnipeg Jets +136 --- Over/Under: 5
The Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens will play Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.
The Winnipeg Jets have won four of their last five games and are in the thick of the Central Division. The reason for this success is a defense that’s allowing two goals per game on the season and two or less goals in seven of their last 10 games. The Winnipeg Jets have won eight of their last 10 games when allowing two or less goals. Michael Hutchinson has allowed three goals on 55 shots and Ondrej Pavelec has given up 27 goals on 375 shots faced. The Jets have allowed just one power play goal in their last six games. Offensively, Andrew Ladd leads Winnipeg with six goals, Tobias Enstrom has eight assists and Blake Wheeler has 43 shots on goal. The Jets offense could certainly improve, especially their power play that’s scoring just 12.2 percent of the time, but an elite defense has bailed them out so far.
The Montreal Canadiens have split their last six games and are second place in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens are allowing 2.8 goals per game on the season and have allowed just two goals in their last two games. The Montreal Canadiens have won eight straight games when allowing two or less goals. Dustin Tokarski has given up seven goals on 98 shots and Carey Price has allowed 33 goals on 374 shots faced. The Canadiens are killing an impressive 85.2 percent of their power plays. Offensively, Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with six goals, P.K. Subban has six assists and Brendan Gallagher has 45 shots on goal. The Montreal Canadiens haven’t scored a power play goal in their last nine games, which certainly plays a role in their struggling offense.
The Jets are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Atlantic. The Canadiens are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 13-6 in their last 19 games playing on 2 days rest. The Jets are 7-19-1 in the last 27 meetings in Montreal and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings overall.
While the Jets have been playing some solid hockey, the Montreal Canadiens are a great home team and a squad that's had Winnipeg's number over the years. While the juice isn't great, the Montreal Canadiens should win this game on their home ice.