Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
- Winnipeg and Montreal play Game 3 of their NHL playoff series on Sunday, June 6th
- The Habs have jumped out to a 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Bell Centre
- Read below for odds, picks and start times for Game 3
The Montreal Canadiens can take a 3-0 lead over the Winnipeg Jets in their second-round NHL Playoffs series. The Habs are listed as -134 favorites in Game 3 on Sunday, June 6th at Bell Centre. Puck drop is set for 6:00 PM EST on NBCSN.
Montreal has taken a 2-0 lead in the series on the strength of elite goaltending from Carey Price. The Jets are struggling to score goals and are missing their top scorer Mark Scheifele due to suspension.
Should you bet Montreal to go up 3-0, or do the Jets offer value as road underdogs?
Jets vs Canadiens Game 3 Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Spread at DraftKings||Total|
|Winnipeg Jets||+115||+1.5 (-240)||O 5.5 (+120)|
|Montreal Canadiens||-134||-1.5 (+195)||U 5.5 (-143)|
Odds as of June 5th
Habs’ Price Continues To Shine
Montreal is up 2-0 on Winnipeg primarily due to the play of goaltender Carey Price. The 33-year-old has stopped 57 of 60 shots in the series, including a 30-save shutout in Game 2. Montreal won 1-0, but Winnipeg pressed hard in the final period and forced Price to make 14 saves.
Price ranks fourth among all goalies with a .935 save percentage this postseason and hasn’t allowed more than three goals since Game 2 of the first round against Toronto. The Habs remain one of the lowest-scoring teams in the playoffs, but they don’t need to set the world on fire offensively if Price keeps playing at this level.
Jets’ Offense Struggling In Scheifele Absence
Winnipeg is already feeling the effects of losing their top scorer to suspension. The Jets were shutout by Montreal in Game 2 in what was their first playoff game this year without Mark Scheifele. Winnipeg’s leading scorer was handed a four-game suspension for charging Canadiens’ forward Jake Evans at the end of Game 2.
“I think it was pretty excessive. I wasn’t expecting that. I was pretty shocked but that’s their decision.”
Mark Scheifele says he can accept the suspension but won’t tolerate the hate his family has received. pic.twitter.com/XXEu4DNoBj
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 4, 2021
Winnipeg has the weapons to carry the load in load in Schefiele’s absence, but there’s no denying his impact on the offense. Scheifele sustained a season-ending injury in Game 1 of Winnipeg’s 2020 playoff run and the team managed just six goals in four games during his absence. It’s also concerning for Winnipeg that second-line center Paul Stastny has yet to play this series due to injury.
Canadiens vs Jets Series Odds
|Team||Odds to Win Series|
Montreal’s Home Ice Advantage?
Montreal will have home-ice advantage for the first time this series in Game 3 on Sunday. Approximately 2,500 fans are allowed into the building to watch Montreal playoff games. The Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs in Game 6 with fans back in the building, but had lost four straight home games prior to that.
Fans sing O’Canada in the stands at the Bell Centre ahead of Game 6. #ItsOn pic.twitter.com/SaJFrbTmrl
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 29, 2021
The fans will definitely provide a boost to Montreal in Game 3, but the line may be a tad inflated due to this perceived advantage. Montreal only went 13-11-4 at Bell Centre during the regular season and the Jets were one of the better road teams with a 17-10-1 record.
Jets vs Habs Game 3 Best Bet
Carey Price continues to be the story for Montreal, which is why you should focus on the total when betting Game 3. Winnipeg should be a desperate team Sunday, but goals will be hard to come by with Scheifele and (potentially) Stastny out of the lineup. The under has cashed in five of Montreal’s last seven games primarily due to Price’s goaltending,
Quel homme.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/sTGMy1Ut9S
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 5, 2021
Connor Hellebuyck (.940 SV%) has also been one of the best goalies this postseason and posted a .925 save percentage on the road during the regular season. He won’t be affected by the hostile environment in Montreal and should clash with Price for another epic goalie duel. Take advantage of oddsmakers not adjusting the total and bet on another low-scoring affair.
Pick: Under 5.5 (-143)
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