Montreal Canadiens player Nick Suzuki during an NHL hockey game, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Calgary, Canada. (AP Photo/Larry MacDougal)
- The Jets and Canadiens play Game 4 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Monday, June 7th (8pm ET)
- Carey Price and the kids have been a huge difference-maker for Montreal as they hold a 3-0 series lead over Winnipeg.
- Read below for the odds, game preview, and betting pick
The Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens continue their best-of-seven series. Game 4 will be played on Monday, June 7th (8:00 pm ET) at Bell Centre and will be broadcast on NHL Network.
Montreal is currently listed as a solid -148 home favorite to take the second-round series over Winnipeg.
Can the Winnipeg Jets take Game 4 or will the Montreal Canadiens sweep?
Jets vs Canadiens Game 4 Odds
|Team||Moneyline at BetMGM||Puckline||Total|
|Winnipeg Jets||+125||+1.5 (-200)||O 5.5 (+125)|
|Montreal Canadiens||-150||-1.5 (+175)||U 5.5 (-150)|
Odds as of June 6th
Montreal’s Kids Are Alright
One of the biggest reasons for the rise of the Montreal Canadiens is the play of the young kids. Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi keep rolling offensively and have played surprisingly well defensively. Their two-way play along with the ability to create scoring chances in transition has caused immense matchup problems for Winnipeg in this series.
The first two games were quite solid for the 21 or younger trio but Game 3 was yet another showcase. Suzuki scored the fourth goal on the night for Montreal. That was his fourth goal of the playoffs. This one was on the man advantage and assisted by none other than Caufield. Kotkaniemi had a bit of an off night but overall in the series, this trio has combined for five points but again, more importantly, have controlled play while on the ice.
To make things worse for Winnipeg, this is their depth and they deliver gems for quotes too.
Suzuki: “I think we had a good game. There are some areas we need to clean up. The Jets had a couple of chances and [Price] came up big a few times. So, we just want to clean up some stuff in the D zone.” #GoHabsGo #THW
— Ryan Szporer (@rszporer) June 7, 2021
This was a 5-1 game by the way. Let that sink in for a second. The first period was decisive, where Montreal scored three times but played even better in the second period to solidify their lead. It was the third period where Winnipeg looked like they could stand toe-to-toe. That was until the Suzuki goal which made it 4-1.
The Canadiens keep getting timely contributions from their young players. Suzuki and Caufield, in particular, have shown some incredible chemistry.
If Montreal’s kids keep rolling, they will be even more difficult to beat.
2021 Stanley Cup Odds Tracker
Can Montreal Finish This Series?
When the Canadiens faced off against the Jets, it was thought the Jets’ experience, along with their speed in the middle-six, would be the difference. It did not hurt that Connor Hellebuyck was in net and he had just stonewalled Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and the Edmonton Oilers.
Simply, that was the wrong answer. Montreal’s style of play has worn down Winnipeg, taken the Jets’ will and shattered it into a thousand pieces. Game 3 saw Corey Perry open the scoring for Montreal, then Joel Armia added two shorthanded goals (one empty net). If that was not enough, Carey Price made 26 saves, including 14 in the third period alone.
Scoring leaders through 3 games between #GoHabsGo & #GoJetsGo:
MTL (11 Goals)
Joel Armia (2G,1A)
Eric Staal (1G,2A)
Tyler Toffoli (1G,2A)
Joel Edmundson (3A)
WPG (4 Goals)
Adam Lowry (2G)
Derek Forbort (1G)
Kyle Connor (1G)@Sportsnet650
— Joey Kenward (@kenwardskorner) June 7, 2021
With this kind of balanced attack, the question becomes: can Montreal finish this series off? Do they even think of playing Jake Allen on Monday night? Nothing much has gone right for Winnipeg.
Jets vs Canadiens Series Odds
|Team||Odds at DraftKings|
The Canadiens are solid home favorites to close out the series by defeating the Jets on Monday night. With this quick turnaround, Paul Maurice and the Jets have few adjustments they can truly make. Furthermore, Mark Scheifele is still suspended and the earliest he can come back is Game 6.
Winnipeg is having what they did to Edmonton happen to them against Montreal.
The Mark Scheifele hit changed the WHOLE complexion of this series.#Habsonaroll
— Scott Decker (@HomeRun94789230) June 7, 2021
As crazy as it sounds, it is absolutely true. Montreal came in on a roll after winning three straight games against Toronto. Then, the Scheifele hit happened. Montreal did not blink and the train just kept rolling…all night long. The Canadiens are our pick once more Monday night.
Pick: Montreal Canadiens Moneyline (-148)
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