Fresh off their upset of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, the Montreal Canadiens will continue their postseason run on Wednesday night when they visit the Winnipeg Jets for Game 1 of their second-round series as +110 road underdogs on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Montreal completed a spectacular comeback with a decisive 3-1 Game 7 win over Toronto on Monday night, which also marked the team’s third win in four road outings going into Wednesday night’s matchup at Bell MTS Place.
With goaltender Carey Price in vintage form, the Canadiens overcame a 3-1 series deficit against Toronto, denying the Maple Leafs the lead at any time while closing out the first round with three straight victories. The Montreal goaltender limited Toronto shooters to two or fewer goals on four occasions while racking up a .932 save percentage during the first round, and has emerged as a +2000 wager on the odds to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
But while Price has seen his stock rise, Montreal continues to lag at the sportsbooks. Winners in just three of their past 10 meetings with Winnipeg, the Canadiens enter the second round pegged as +105 underdogs on the NHL playoff series prices, and sit off the pace at +1800 on the Stanley Cup odds.
Well rested after enjoying an eight-day layoff in the wake of their sweep of the Edmonton Oilers in the first round, the Jets return to action on Wednesday as -130 home favourites for Game 1 at betting sites. Winnipeg limited the Oilers’ vaunted attack to just two goals per game over the team’s first-ever sweep, extending its current winning streak to six games.
And while the Canadiens were able to take advantage of occasionally shaky goaltending while knocking off the Maple Leafs, they face a massive task to duplicate that effort against Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has been spectacular since enduring a six-game losing streak in late April, backstopping the Jets to victories in seven of his past eight overall starts.
The Jets offence is also clicking, scoring at least four goals in five of their six recent wins. With home-ice advantage in the set, the Jets sit as -130 favourites on the series prices.
Later on Wednesday night, the Colorado Avalanche will be looking to continue their dominating playoff run as they host the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of their West Division second-round series as -190 home chalk. The Avalanche opened the series with a lopsided 7-1 victory, and have now averaged 4.60 goals per game while winning 10 straight.