NHL Picks: Canadiens vs. Jets

PJ Laferla

Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:25 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 2:25 PM GMT

The Winnipeg Jets will be playing in its biggest game of the season when they host the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Find out where the value lies with our NHL Picks in this matchup.

NHL Pick: Canadiens vs. Jets

The Montreal Canadiens, who have already stamped its ticket to the postseason will pay a visit to the Winnipeg Jets tonight, a team that currently is on the outside looking in at the postseason, as they sit just one point behind the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

The puck is scheduled to drop at 8:00 PM EST from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the game can be seen live on television, with local broadcast coverage provided by RDS and TSN.

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Odds makers have listed both the Canadiens and Jets at -110 on the money line for this crucial contest, while posting an over/under number of 5 ½ goals on the total. 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.

[gameodds]7/225597/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction

Make no mistake about it, the Canadiens are the better team, but Winnipeg needs to win this game more than Montreal. Playing on their home ice under a win or go home scenario brings value to backing the Jets in this one.

NHL Pick: Winnipeg -110 at Bookmaker
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