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Montreal Canadiens Look For Consistency vs Explosive Jets

Winnipeg Plays Host to Montreal in Thursday NHL Lineup

The Montreal Canadiens (10-6-5) will look to record consecutive victories for the first time in a month when they host the red-hot Winnipeg Jets (14-7-1) on Thursday night.

Montreal is sitting in fourth place in the North Division after some real struggles the last few weeks. Winnipeg has moved into second place in the division standings after picking up the level of its play the last two weeks.

Kyle Connor of the Winnipeg Jets fights off Elias Pettersson
Rich Lam/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Rich Lam / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Can Montreal get back-to-back online betting wins for the first time in a month?

Are the Jets the easy sportsbook betting pick to extend their winning ways in their long rivalry against Montreal? One things’ for sure. The NHL odds for this affair will be value-packed when they go live.

Winnipeg Jets at Montreal Canadiens

When: Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 7:00 PM ET

Where: Centre Bell, Montreal, Canada


Jets Lighting The Lamp With Regularity

Winnipeg has won five of six and seven of 10 including an emphatic 5-2 smackdown win over Vancouver on Tuesday night. Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler both had a goal and two assists to help Winnipeg get the two-game split against the Canucks. The Jets have yet to lose consecutive games this season.

“This is the mindset, this is something we talked about before (Tuesday’s) game,” he said. “We want to be that team that never loses two in a row.”

The Jets are a more mature team this season after adding a handful of experienced veterans in the offseason coach Paul Maurice said.

“We’ve got men that understand that four (games) in six (days), we’re going to be behind it a little bit so it might look a little gritty and it might not be smooth, but you can win a hockey game like that,” he said.

Winnipeg has been lighting the lamp with regularity this season. The Jets have scored four goals or more in five of its last seven wins. Winnipeg has deposited five goals or more in the back of the net four times along the way. The Jets rank a stellar fourth in scoring (3.4 gpg) and equally impressive eighth in goals allowed (2.6 gpg).

Canadiens Looking For Consistency

Montreal snapped its five-game losing streak by taking down Ottawa 3-1 on Tuesday night to give rookie head coach Dominique Ducharme his first NHL victory. Jeff Petry and Brendan Gallagher both had a goal and an assist and Tyler Toffoli added an empty net goal. Carey Price turned back 26 shots to get the win.

“I really liked the way the guys handled themselves,” said the 47-year-old former assistant.  “I knew they would be ready.”

The Canadiens are 3-7 over their last 10 games and are looking to record consecutive victories for the first time since Feb. 1 and Feb. 2.

Ducharme was named the interim coach last Wednesday and the team added longtime NHL winger Alex Burrows to the coaching staff. The Canadiens also fired assistant coach Kirk Muller. Montreal is ranked an encouraging eighth in scoring (3.2 gpg) but a modest 14th in goals allowed 92.8 gpg).

Analysis and Prediction

Montreal may have gotten a much-needed win on Tuesday night, but the Canadiens lost twice against the Jets last week. Winnipeg cruised to an emphatic 6-3 home win on Thursday and a narrow, 2-1 overtime home win on Saturday.

Montreal is 1-4 in its last five home games while Winnipeg has gone 5-2 in its last seven road games. Montreal has gone a consistent 12-5-1 in its last 18 home dates in this rivalry, but the road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

Winnipeg has been the better team at both ends of the ice this season and that’s why the Jets will scratch out the hard-fought win on Thursday night.

Pick: Winnipeg 4, Montreal 3

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