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The Winnipeg Jets are set to host the Montreal Canadiens in the second of a two-game series that began on Monday night. The Jets are looking to recover after a 4-2 loss to the Habs, and retain their position in second place in the North division.
Price Earns Win in 700th Game
Montreal goalie Carey Price set a major career landmark on Monday, starting his 700th game. To make it even better, he made 34 saves to get the win.
Their four goals came on 31 shots, one of which was on an empty net. Tyler Toffoli had two goals and an assist for three points, Josh Anderson added a point and an assist, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored a goal. Toffoli leads the team with 26 points and 17 goals. The Habs average 3.21 goals per game, the 10th best rate in the league.
Price’s win on Monday night puts him at a 9-5-4 record on the year. He has a 2.59 GAA and a .909 save percentage. Despite the landmark, he’s still been playing second fiddle to Jake Allen, who is 4-3-3 with 2.28 GAA and a .922 save percentage. His performance has certainly contributed to the excellent defensive stats for Montreal, who are ninth in the NHL with 2.61 goals allowed per game.
Une soirée en mémoire du Pocket Rocket.
An evening to pay tribute to the Pocket Rocket. pic.twitter.com/p7UwBKrjMW
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 16, 2021
Winnipeg Looks to Stay Strong in North Division
Despite coming off a series win in Toronto, Winnipeg fell to the Habs in their second straight game facing Montreal. They’ll look to take a 4-2 season series lead with a win on Wednesday.
It took a career performance on a landmark night for Carey Price to keep the Jets at bay. Price stopped 34 of 36 shots to get the win. Kyle Connor scored both goals on powerplays, while Josh Morrissey picked up two assists. Mark Scheifele and Paul Stastny also came away with assists. Scheifele leads the Jets with 37 points on the year, including 25 assists.
Connor Hellebuyck played well, stopping 27 of 30 shots, but fell below his standard for the season. He has a 12-8-2 record with 2.82 GAA and a .910 save percentage.
Snipe or dangle? Shootout or overtime? Slap shot or wrist shot? We find out in the return of THIS OR THAT in this hockey themed edition! pic.twitter.com/8FViyHsccV
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 16, 2021
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The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Carey Price stepped up on a career night, but Winnipeg is the better team in this matchup. Averaging 3.32 goals scored and just under 30 shots per game, they’ll come at Price with a similar attack to what he saw on Monday. A 34-save performance is remarkable, but hardly sustainable. Scheifele, Connor, and co. will be back in his front pocket and will come out on top. Jets win.
Want another opinion on this pick?
Full-Game Total Pick
It took an empty-net goal to get the over last time out. This might be reason to think that these teams would end on the under, but that’s now the fourth game this year that has gone six goals or more combined. Hellebuyck and Price are fine goalies, but these are determined offenses, and they play their best against each other. Go with the over.