Winnipeg Jets vs. Montreal Canadiens - 1/6/20 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Winnipeg Jets vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Monday, January 6, 2020
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Jets (+128) Canadiens (-142)
Bell Centre is the venue where Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens (18-17-7, 6th in the Atlantic Division) will play the Winnipeg Jets (22-16-4, 4th in the Central Division) on Monday. The Canadiens open this game at -142 while the Jets are priced at +128. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Jets are covering 50.0% of the time, having gone 20-20 SU. Montreal is covering 40.0% of the time, going 16-24 straight up.
The Winnipeg Jets come into this matchup with a record of 22 wins and 16 defeats, which puts them at 4th in the Central Division. During the year thus far, they have converted a total of 128 goals which is 7th in the Western Conference and 17th in the league. Their goal differential is 0, which puts them at 17th in the league. The Jets have earned a total of 48 pts, which is 16th in the league and 8th in the conference. When discussing shots at the opposing goalie, they have earned a total of 1,315 which is 8th in the West and 17th in the league. As a team, Winnipeg has obtained a total of 886 hits which has them averaging 21.1 per contest. They have earned a total of 453 blocks for this year. The goalie for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck from Commerce, Michigan. He is 26 years old and has racked up 1,928 minutes in net for the season. Hellebuyck is conceding an average of 2.71 goals per contest which ranks him 9th among Western Conference goalies and 20th in the NHL among goalies. Over the course of this year, he's given up 87 goals. His save % is .919 which ranks him 8th among Western Conference goalies.
The Winnipeg Jets were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 3 - 2 defeat to the Minnesota Wild in their last game. The Jets had a below average offensive performance in this loss. For this game, they finished 2 of the 21 shots they attempted. In addition, they had 5 power play chances and were able to score 2 goals out of those opportunities. Winnipeg ended up with 12 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Jets sat at 36 and the Corsi against was 55 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 39.6%. Their Fenwick was 27 and the Fenwick against sat at 43, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 38.6%. They won 21 face-off wins and were beaten on 17 attempts to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 43.8% and they had a PDO of 94.4 in this one. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Minnesota Wild racked up 44 shots. They finished with 10 penalty mins and they earned a total of 5 power play attempts.
The Canadiens will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they sit with 18 wins and 17 defeats. When talking about goal differential, they are ranked 10th in the East and 18th in the league with -3. They have earned a total of 132 goals for the season which ranks 9th in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has a team save percentage of .898 which currently has them sitting 22nd in the league, which means there could be plenty of chances to score if they attack the goal. They have a shooting percentage of 8.9% which puts them at 13th in the East. In net for Montreal is Carey Price who is having a bad season by giving up 3.00 goals per contest and that places him 19th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 41st among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,999 minutes he has played this year, he's surrendered 100 goals. He has a save % of .902, which ranks him 22nd among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 44th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Montreal Canadiens faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in an outing where the Canadiens ended up taking the loss by a final of 3 - 2. In this game, Montreal had a 42.6% Corsi rating. They got there by having a Corsi of 43 while their opponent earned a Corsi of 58. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 39.7% by earning a Fenwick of 29 and the Penguins having earned a 44 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi statistics are telling of the type of game that Montreal played and you can safely assume that they'll look to improve in their next outing. Their PDO was 99.8 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 34.3%. The Canadiens netted 2 goals out of the 28 shots on goal they tried. They had 4 power play attempts in this game but were not able to net one. In discussing the opposition, the Penguins had 4 power play opportunities but were not able to score a goal. Montreal conceded 37 shots on goal and the Penguins had 15 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Montreal (-142)
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