Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens
|Date & Time||Thursday February 7, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
Montreal Canadiens -106 / Winnipeg Jets -116
TSN2, TSN3, RDS
The Winnipeg Jets and the Montreal Canadiens meet in NHL action from the Bell Centre on Thursday night.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to rebound after a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks at home in their last outing. Blake Wheeler opened the scoring for the Jets just 3:08 into the game before San Jose tied the game just after the midway point of the opening period, giving us a 1-1 tie after the 1st period. Mathieu Perrault scored the lone goal of the 2nd period for Winnipeg, just :52 into the period, giving the Jets a 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd. San Jose would tie the game early in the period and the rest of the frame would solve nothing so it was off to overtime where San Jose found the winner 2:49 into the extra period to send Winnipeg home with just a single point. Connor Hellebuyck took the loss, falling to 24-14-2 after allowing all 3 goals on 38 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks in their last outing. Brendan Gallagher and Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored 2:25 apart to give the Habs an early 2-0 lead before Gallagher made it 3-0 with his 2nd goal of the game late in the opening period. Anaheim pulled one back with the lone goal of the 2nd period, heading to the final frame with Montreal up 3-1. Phillip Danault restored the three-goal cushion early in the final frame and the Canadiens would hold onto that lead the rest of the way to pick up the win. Carey Price got the win to improve to 22-13-4 after stopping 24 of 25 shots faced in the victory.
Winnipeg is 21-9 in their last 30 games overall and 27-10 in their last 37 games against the Eastern Conference while the under is 3-1-2 in their last 6 road games. Montreal is 7-2 in their last 9 games overall and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 games following a win. Winnipeg is 6-13 in the last 19 meetings between these two teams and 4-11-1 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Montreal.
The Jets being slightly favored here makes sense as Winnipeg has been one of the best in the west this season, but I’m a bit uneasy laying juice on the road with Winnipeg in a venue like the Bell Centre against a team that they haven’t had a great deal of success against in Montreal. The Canadiens are playing some of their best hockey right now and are right in the thick of the playoff race and at home, I think Montreal comes up big with a huge win here.