The Montreal Canadiens (13-13-4) travel to face off against the Winnipeg Jets (18-9-2) on Monday, December 18th. This game will be played at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Puck drop is set for 7:30 ET.
Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets
The Montreal Canadiens Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Canadiens have an overall record of 13-13-4. Currently, they are 6-4-2 on the road, and carry a two game road win streak into the game. In the Eastern Atlantic division, they are currently 6th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 12th. Montreal comes in with four wins with a margin of more than one goal this season and lost nine games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line performance is 18-12.
In their most recent game, the Canadiens hosted the Islanders and secured a 5-3 victory. In the first period, the Canadiens struggled to find the net on offense, but they turned things around with four times in the second period and one goal in the third. All five goals came at even strength. They finished with 41 shots on goal and had 6 turnovers.
Montreal was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. The combined total of 8 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
The Winnipeg Jets Are Coming Off A Win
Through 29 games, the Jets have achieved an overall record of 18-9-2. When on the road, Winnipeg holds a 9-4-1 record, while they are 9-5-1 when playing at home. At the moment, they hold the 2nd spot in the Western Central division and are ranked 5th in the Western conference. This season, Winnipeg has managed to win 14 games by a margin of more than one goal while losing six games by multiple goals. Their overall puck line record for the season is 18-11.
In their recent matchup, the Jets hosted the Avalanche and came away with a 6-2 victory. Throughout the game against the Avalanche, Jets’ offense managed to score in every single period. Winnipeg’s one power-play goals contributed to their total of 6 goals. Their offensive performance came with 25 shots on goal and 12 giveaways.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Winnipeg also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The combined total of 8 goals exceeded the over/under line, which was set at 6 goals for the game.
Montreal Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Canadiens are averaging 2.7 goals per game which is 28th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. In terms of the Canadiens’ offense during power plays, they are 20th in power play goals and 15th in shorthanded goals.
This season, the over/under record for the Canadiens’ is 14-15-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 14 games that exceeded the over/under line of 6. On average, their games are averaging 6.3 goals per game.
Winnipeg Offense Breakdown
On the offensive side, the Jets are scoring an 3.3 goals per game this season, ranking 11th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 22nd in the league. The Jets went 8-7 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 10-2.
This season, the Jets’ have an over/under record of 12-14-3. Throughout the season, they have played 13 games that did not exceed the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6 goals per game.
Montreal Team Defense
Entering the game, the Canadiens’ defense ranks 30th in takeaways, averaging 5 takeaways per contest. In the NHL, they currently stand at 4th in terms of goals allowed, giving up an average of 3.2 goals per game.
Winnipeg Team Defense
Winnipeg defense takes on the Canadiens ranked 25th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 28.9 shots per game against Winnipeg. They alsso are 23rd in shutouts, with 1 shutouts.
Canadiens vs Jets Trends
- Montreal has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 2-1.
- When looking at their past three matchups at home, Winnipeg has an puck line record of 2-1 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Jets have a straight up record of 5-5 and an puck line mark of 7-3.
- Looking back on the team’s last ten games as the favorite, the Canadiens have a straight up record of 7-3. Their record vs the puck line in these games was 3-7.
When it comes to a moneyline wager, I’m going with the Canadiens to defeat the Jets while playing on the road. Given the current moneyline odds at +177, I’m placing a wager on the Canadiens to win outright.
Our projections have the Canadiens pulling out a win as the underdog. But if you’re not as bullish as we are on the Canadiens, we’d recommend at least getting a bet down on them to cover the puck line.
With an over/under line sitting at 6 goals, we like this game to surpass that mark and recommend getting a bet down on the over.
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