Winnipeg Jets (49-20-10) at Montreal Canadiens (28-39-12)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 3, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens / Winnipeg Jets --- Over/Under:
The Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell Centre.
The Winnipeg Jets look to keep the puck rolling after winning eight of their last nine games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 43 goals, Blake Wheeler has 67 assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 220 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 149 goals on 1,948 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 33 goals on 352 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed four or more goals in four of their last five games.
The Montreal Canadiens could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Montreal Canadiens are averaging 2.5 goals per game and are scoring on 21.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Brendan Gallagher leads Montreal with 30 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 31 assists and Max Pacioretty has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Montreal Canadiens are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Carey Price has given up 139 goals on 1,425 shots faced and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 42 goals on 457 shots. The Montreal Canadiens have allowed four or more goals in five of their last nine games.
The Jets are 1-4 in their last 5 road games, 27-59 in their last 86 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The Canadiens are 3-7 in their last 10 Tuesday games, 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 15-36 in their last 51 overall. The Jets are 8-21-1 in the last 30 meetings in Montreal, 5-13 in the last 18 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Winnipeg Jets have had little to no success playing on the end of a back to back, but they're playing great hockey overall, and that's more than we can say about the Montreal Canadiens. The Montreal Canadiens are counting the days until the offseason and have won just six games since February 8. Hard not to like the Winnipeg Jets here, even if the scheduling spot isn't all that great.