Montreal Canadiens vs. Winnipeg Jets - 12/23/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Location: Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
Odds/Point Spread: Canadiens (+109) Jets (-120)
Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (17-13-6, 5th in the Atlantic Division) head to Bell MTS Place on Monday where they'll meet the Winnipeg Jets (21-13-2, 3rd in the Central Division). The Canadiens open this game at +109 while the Jets are priced at -120. The over/under opens at 5.5. The Canadiens cover 44.1% of the time, having gone 15-19 SU. Winnipeg is covering 55.9% of the time, going 19-15 straight up.
The Montreal Canadiens step onto the ice with a record of 17 wins and 13 defeats, which is good for 5th in the Atlantic Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 113 goals which is good for 8th in the conference and 13th in the league. Their goal differential is -1, which is good for 18th in the league. The Canadiens have compiled a total of 40 pts, which is good for 18th in the league and 10th in the East. When looking at shots at the opposition, they have compiled a total of 1,254 which is good for 1st in the East and 3rd in the league. As a group, Montreal has collected a total of 940 hits which means they have an average of 26.1 per game. They have compiled a total of 441 blocks for this year. The man in net for Montreal is Carey Price from Farmingville, New York. He is 32 years old and has played a total of 1,703 minutes minding the goal for the year. Price is conceding an average of 2.89 GAA which has him ranked 17th among Eastern Conference goalies and 32nd among goalies in the NHL. So far this year, he has surrendered 82 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .905 which has him ranked 19th among Eastern Conference goalies.
The Montreal Canadiens were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 4 - 3 loss against the Edmonton Oilers the last time they stepped on the ice. The Canadiens offense didn't overly impress in this defeat. In this outing, they netted 3 out of the 26 shots they put on net. Additionally, they had 1 power play opportunity and scored 1 goal on that try. Montreal had a total of 15 penalty minutes for this matchup. The Corsi for the Canadiens was 55 and the Corsi against was 34 telling us they have a Corsi percentage of 61.8%. Their Fenwick sat at 35 and the Fenwick against sat at 23, which earned them a rate of 60.3%. They won 21 face-off wins and lost 23 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts came in at 46.4% and they had a PDO at even strength of 86.9 for this one. In terms of their opponent's stats, the Edmonton Oilers tallied a total of 26 shots. They finished with 7 penalty minutes and they earned 5 power play chances.
The Jets will be the team across the ice and for the season they have 21 victories and 13 losses. In terms of goal differential, they are currently ranked 4th in the conference and 12th in the league with +9. They have a total of 109 goals for the season which ranks them 8th in the conference. Winnipeg has a team save % of .915 which has them sitting 7th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.6% which is good for 7th in the Western Conference. In net for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck who is having a marginal year by giving up 2.44 goals against average and that places him 6th among Western Conference goaltenders and 14th among goalies in the NHL. In the 1,646 minutes he has played, he's given up 67 goals. He holds a save % of .926, which has him ranking 6th among Western Conference goaltenders and 9th among goalies in the NHL.
The Winnipeg Jets played the Minnesota Wild in a game where the Jets took home the win by a final score of 6 - 0. For this game, Winnipeg wound up with a 44.6% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 37 while the opposition earned a Corsi of 46. They had a Fenwick percentage of 42.6% with a Fenwick of 26 and the Wild having a 35 Fenwick. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Winnipeg played and it was an excellent showing for this outing. They had a PDO at even strength of 116.7 and their oZS percentage was 52.2%. The Jets converted 6 goals out of the 31 shots on goal they took. They had 4 power play chances in this game and scored 1 out of those opportunities. Regarding the opposition, the Wild had 3 power play attempts but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Winnipeg gave way to 31 shots on goal and the Wild racked up a total of 15 penalty minutes.
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Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (+109)
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