The NHL schedule makers have done a terrific job once again as we have just one game on Monday despite having 14 games on Tuesday. Regardless of the lack of options to pick through, I still have two best bets for Monday night’s lone game below.
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Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Winnipeg Jets (-140) @ Montreal Canadiens (+120)
The Central Division’s sixth-place Winnipeg Jets travel to Montreal to take on the Atlantic Division’s eighth-place Canadiens. While it is not confirmed, the rumors are that Carey Price will make his season debut in net for the Canadiens.
As home underdogs, the public will be all over Montreal and Price as they host a Winnipeg team that has lost four of their last five games and is entering this game on the second half of a road back-to-back. With that being said, I still like the Jets to get this done.
Price is a great story and all, but he has not seen live-game action since July 7th of 2021 when they lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Tampa Bay Lightning. I find it hard to believe that even a goaltender of Price’s caliber will find a ton of success after a nine-month absence going against a capable Winnipeg offense.
I think we are getting an immense amount of value on the Jets due to a lot of bias factors, including the fact that they are starting a backup goaltender on the second half of a road back-to-back. However, backup goaltender Eric Comrie has been awesome this season as he is 8-3-1 with a 0.912 save percentage.
Additionally, Montreal is just 3-11 over their last 14 games as a home underdog.
Best Bet: Winnipeg Jets ML (-140)
Winnipeg Jets @ Montreal Canadiens, o/u 6.5 (-110/-110)
While I am fading Carey Price, he should still be decent enough to not allow four or more goals. If Price can keep Winnipeg at four or under, I think the under is alive as Comrie is very capable of keeping Montreal to two or fewer goals.
Comrie has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his twelve starts this season, with the total going under 6.5 in six of those games. I believe Comrie can keep a very poor offensive team in Montreal in check.
Since the coaching change, it is true that some young forwards for the Canadiens have stepped up such as Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki. However, those have really been the only two bright spots for an otherwise terrible Canadiens lineup.
This season, Montreal ranks just 23rd in five-on-five expected goals for per 60 minutes (xGF).
Best Bet: Jets/Canadiens u6.5 (-110)
Best of luck!
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