Winnipeg Jets vs Montreal Canadiens Prediction, 4/8/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Winnipeg Jets vs Montreal Canadiens
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal, QC
Odds/Point Spread: Jets (+115) Canadiens (-138)
Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets (23-13-3) are headed to Bell Centre on Thursday where they'll meet the Montreal Canadiens (17-9-9). The Canadiens open this matchup at -138 while the Jets are coming in at +115. The O/U opens at 6.5.
The Jets came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4-3 victory against the Senators in their previous game. The Corsi for the Jets was 60 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 32 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 65.2%. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 61.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 95.0 for this game. Winnipeg accrued 6 mins in the box in this matchup. The Jets had a solid offensive performance in the win. Their Fenwick came in at 47 and the Fenwick against finished at 24, giving them a Fenwick rate of 66.2%. They accumulated 27 face-off wins when at even strength and lost on 13 attempts to take control of the puck. Furthermore, they had 3 chances with extra men on the ice and were able to notch 1 goal. For the game, they converted 4 of the 46 shots they put on goal.
When it comes to scoring goals, the Winnipeg Jets have racked up 125 goals (8th in the National Hockey League) for the season and have conceded 105. For the current campaign, they have recorded 49 points and their points percentage sits at .628. Winnipeg skates onto the rink with 112 power play chances and they have added 29 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 25.89%. While playing at even strength, the Jets have given up 85 goals while earning 96 themselves. Winnipeg has tried 1,169 shots and has a shooting percentage of 10.7%. The Jets have had 1,219 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .914. Winnipeg Jets opponents have totaled 100 power play tries (29th in the NHL) and have notched 20 goals in those chances.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Connor Hellebuyck. The opposition has scored 755 goals against Hellebuyck in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.63. Hellebuyck has been involved in 301 matchups throughout his pro hockey career. His save percentage is at .917 for his 17,247 mins in the crease. He has earned an overall record of 166-95-25 and got the start in 292 games. For his career, Hellebuyck has 159 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is at .545. Hellebuyck has had 9,107 shots taken against him and he has 8,352 saves.
In their last outing, Montreal faced the Oilers in an outing where the Canadiens earned a win by a mark of 3-2. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this game but weren't able to notch a goal. The Canadiens tallied 3 goals of the 32 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO of 104 and their oZS percentage was 61.8%. Montreal wound up with a 61.4% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating is telling of the kind of game that Montreal had and you might say they have had worse games. They had a Fenwick percentage of 60.6% with a Fenwick of 40 and the Oilers having earned a 26 Fenwick.
The Canadiens are sitting with 92 goals at even strength and 21 goals (19th in professional hockey) while having more men on the ice. Montreal has put up 1,168 shots (12th in professional hockey) and has a shooting percentage of 9.67%, while allowing the other team 989 shots. On the campaign, the Montreal Canadiens have earned 113 goals, 43 points, and a points percentage of .614. They have earned 98 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play rate of 21.43%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 76.07% on the other teams 117 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 90.6%. They have granted a total of 93 goals to be scored by of a combination of 65 goals at even strength and 28 goals while they were shorthanded.
Across the rink you will find Charlie Lindgren protecting the net. Lindgren is sitting with a career record of 10-12-2 and has been in net for 24 games. Lindgren's percentage of quality starts is 54.2% and he has accumulated 13 quality starts in his career. He has accrued 699 saves out of 771 shots attempted against him, giving him a save % of .907. Opponents are averaging 3.00 goals per contest and he has given up 72 goals altogether. He has made the start in 24 games and has been on the ice for 1,441 minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Winnipeg (+115)
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