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Jets vs Canadiens NHL Game 1 Info

NHL Playoffs Game 1
Tampa Bay Lightning (36-17-3) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (36-12-8)
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: PNC Arena — Raleigh, NC
Broadcast: NBCSN

Jets vs Canadiens Moneyline, Total, and Odds

Moneyline: Jets -142 | Canadiens +120
Spread: Jets -1.5 (+195) | Canadiens +1.5 (-240)
Total: 5.5 — Over (+118) | Under (-144)
Odds to Win Series: Jets -144 | Canadiens +118
Odds to win Stanley Cup: Jets +1800 | Canadiens +2400

Jets vs Canadiens Prediction and Picks

  • Over 5.5 (+118)

Winnipeg Jets vs. Montreal Canadiens News, Analysis, and Picks

Rest versus rust.

It's the argument that needs to be considered in the playoffs when one team is sitting at home waiting patiently for the outcome of another series and the position that the Winnipeg Jets find themselves in ahead of their series with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Jets last played over a week ago when they skated past the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 of their first-round series. They've been awaiting the outcome of the Habs and Toronto Maple Leafs series that concluded on Monday. That makes it challenging to assess their chances against the Canadiens tonight. However, there are some indicators that tonight's contest will be a high-scoring affair.

First, the Jets have been terrible in their own end, giving up way too many quality opportunities. Winnipeg gave up an average of 40.0 scoring chances per game in the first round. Granted, several games required overtime, but when we factor that into their metrics, the Jets still give up 32.0 scoring chances per 60 minutes. High-danger chances were even more plentiful, as the Jets gave up 14.4 opportunities per 60-minutes in the opening round. That has increased Connor Hellebuyck's workload, and he's responded by carrying the Jets through the opening round of the playoffs.

Hellebuyck stopped 95.0% of shots in the opening round, although his home splits were worse than his road metrics, similar to his regular-season splits. Nevertheless, Hellebuyck's metrics are above sustainable levels, and he will enter a correction phase, resulting in more goals against.

Offensively, the Jets have been good at creating chances on home ice but downright dangerous at converting those opportunities. Dating back to the regular season, the Jets have attempted double-digit high-danger chances in four of five while also creating more than 30 scoring chances in four of five. The Jets have made the most of those chances by scoring on 10.6% of shots across all five games, recording four or more goals per game in all but one of those contests. The Jets can force the Habs to play their game, resulting in goals flowing more naturally.

The last two games in Winnipeg easily surpassed the total, with 16 goals being scored across the two games. Based on our analysis, tonight's game should also be a high-scoring affair. We're getting the standard 5.5 total, although the under has been bought up to -144. That leaves value on the over at plus-money.

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