Montreal Canadiens
28-24-11
+115
-135
Winnipeg Jets
34-23-3
Wed, Jun 2 - 7:30p ET   |   NBCS   |   Bell MTS Place
By Landon Smith

Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets NHL North Division Finals Game 1 Preview

Montreal Canadiens Will Try to Get a Win When Meet Winnipeg Jets from Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba - NHL North Division Finals Game 1 Match Preview and Prediction Game on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

The Winnipeg Jets that swept the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs were a surprise.

Equally shocking, if not on another level, the Montreal Canadiens won three straight games to create a seven-game upset against North Division champion Toronto Maple Leafs, crowned with Monday's 3-1 victory.

Now it will be interesting to see which team has the advantage when the best-of-seven second-round series begins in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

The Jets are well rested, they have nine days between games, so their concern is rust. The Canadiens have incredible momentum, but very little recovery time before dressing. In fact, they left Toronto immediately after their win to spend the day off in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Winnipeg has won six of the nine regular-season games between the clubs, three of those overtime wins, so the Canadiens know what they're up against.

However, the Canadiens believe they have an ace up their sleeve with goalie Carey Price, who made the difference in their series win over Toronto.

The Jets have their own best goalkeeper in 2020, Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck, who recorded an average of 1.60 goals against and a .950 save percentage against the Index Oilers. High octane in the first round. He had enough time to recover and refocus on the task ahead.

While the Jets are looking to repair their last two disappointments in the playoffs (they were eliminated by the St. Louis Blues in the first round in 2019 and lost to the Calgary Flames in the qualifying round last year), they have their run in 2018. the Western Conference Finals to continue building.

That year the Jets were in what Montreal is now: Winnipeg had to jump off a seven-game streak to face a more rested Vegas Golden Knights team. Vegas won this series in five games, but the Jets won Game 1.

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By Landon Smith, on 7:30p ET