The Winnipeg Jets sweeping aside the Edmonton Oilers in the opening round and move on to round two.
The Montreal Canadiens took the heavily favorite Toronto Maples Leafs to 7 games and took game 7 with a final score of (3-1) after trailing 3 games to 1 early in that series.
“The Jets are well-rested, having nine days between games, so their concern is rust. The Canadiens have incredible momentum, but very little recovery time before suiting up. In fact, they flew out of Toronto immediately after their win to spend an off day in Winnipeg on Tuesday”
Winnipeg won six of the nine regular season meetings between the clubs, three of those victories coming via overtime, so the Canadiens know what they’re up against.
AmericasBookie.com has opened this game with the following numbers.
Winnipeg (-130) ML
Over/Under : Best over (5.5) @ (+125)
Best Under (5.5) @ (-134)
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games. Montreal are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games. Montreal are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games against Winnipeg. The total has gone OVER in 8 of Montreal's last 10 games when playing on the road against Winnipeg. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 7 games this season. Montreal are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games against an opponent in the North conference. Montreal are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games against an opponent in the North Division division. Winnipeg are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games. The total has gone OVER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 7 games against Montreal. Winnipeg are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home. The total has gone OVER in 8 of Winnipeg's last 10 games when playing at home against Montreal. Winnipeg are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games this season. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 5 games played on a Wednesday.
This will mark the first-ever playoff series between the Montreal and Winnipeg franchises. The Canadiens and original Jets also never met in the post-season. The Jets were 6-3 vs. the Canadiens this season and 3-1 at home. The over is 6-1 in the past seven meetings.
Prediction: Winnipeg Jets 3, Montreal 1