NHL Picks: Canadiens vs. Jets

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The home team is 20-8-1 in the last 29 meetings between these squads. Let’s breakdown this matchup further and determine where the best value lies on the NHL odds  boards before making our selection on this game. The Canadiens enter play tonight having lost five of their last six games, including a 3-2 defeat to New Jersey a couple of days ago. Montreal is trying to button home ice for the first round of the playoffs and look to be in good shape as they lead the Toronto Maple Leafs by 4 points, but still need to perform well in this game against the Jets. Montreal has struggled on the road as of late, winning just one on their last five games played on the highway. However, they are a perfect 4-0 in their last four meetings versus Winnipeg. The Canadiens are 5-1-1 over in their last seven games overall. Meanwhile, the Jets have a shot mathematically to make the playoffs and as long as there is hope, the team will press forward and attempt to win and sneak in, knowing that a poor performance will conclude its season. Winnipeg is an impressive 5-1 in their last six games played at home and 6-2 in their last eight overall. However, they are 0-4 in their last four contests versus a team with a winning record. The Jets have eclipsed the total in four straight at home and five of six overall. source: http://www.sbrforum.com/nhl-hockey/free-picks/nhl-picks-canadiens-vs-jets-a-30947/

Jets’ prospect Scheifele continues wicked scoring pace in OHL playoffs

On Wednesday, Scheifele propelled the Barrie Colts to a 6-4 victory over the London Knights in Game 4 of the OHL final by scoring four times in the third period. He also had an assist in the first period. The feat comes on the heels of another five-point night he posted Monday in a Game 3 victory over the Knights. This is good news for fans of the Winnipeg Jets. A first-round, seventh overall, pick of the Jets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, is way out in front of the scoring race in the OHL playoffs. He’s scored 15 goals and has 39 points in 19 games for Barrie this post-season. The Colts are now one win away from winning the OHL title and punching their ticket to the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The 20-year-old center has spent time with the Jets in each of the last two NHL seasons. In 11 career NHL games, Scheifele has one goal.   source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/08/jets-prospect-scheifele-continues-wicked-scoring-pace-in-ohl-playoffs/

Canadiens 4, Jets 2

Both clubs have 61 points, however, the Bruins have a game in hand. Boston defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 on Thursday. The Jets, meanwhile, had their playoff hopes dashed even before the start of the final period. The Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t hold a lead and lost 4-3 in overtime to the New York Rangers , while the Ottawa Senators knocked off the Washington Capitals 2-1 in overtime, officially eliminating the Jets from the race for the final playoff spot. Deflated, Winnipeg (24-21-3) came out and quickly blew a 2-1 lead in the third period, surrendering three straight Montreal goals. The Jets finished with 51 points and have to settle for ninth in the conference. Rene Bourque and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal. James Wright and Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg, who led 1-0 and 2-1 at the period breaks. Winnipeg made a late charge in April, winning six of their last eight games, including a streak of 5-0-1 at home, before losing 5-3 to the Capitals in Washington on Tuesday. There’s still plenty to be decided in the final three days of the NHL regular season. The Senators, Rangers and New York Islanders all have 54 points, but Ottawa has two games left while the New York clubs each have one game remaining. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/canadiens-4-jets-2-025059787–nhl.html

Winnipeg Jets players say goodbye after missing the NHL playoffs, again

but I’m not going to discuss those today,” he said Friday. Last season Winnipeg was strong at home but weak on the road and had to fight to get back to a .500 record. This year was different. The Jets were stronger on the road (a little weak at home at first) but also, as late as the last week in March, still looked like a pretty good bet for post-season life. Then a five-game slide put Winnipeg behind the 8-ball. Although the Jets went 6-2-1 to close out the season, the teams ahead of them were just as hot. Forward Blake Wheeler put it succinctly after Thursday night’s loss when he said you have to expect peaks and valleys in a season. “I just think some of our valleys were too deep,” he said. “You look at five games where we go and we don’t get any points in five straight games. That realistically probably did us in.” He said good teams find a way to at least get a point. Noel was slightly more upbeat than some of his players as he said he saw some real growth. “I think young players grew quite a bit. source: http://www.canada.com/sports/Winnipeg+Jets+players+goodbye+after+missing+playoffs+again/8303153/story.html

 

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