June 4, 07:30p.m., Bell MTS Place
Can the Jets bounce back?
After an unfortunate incident at the tail end of Game 1, Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets has been suspended for 4 games. With the Jets already down 1-0 in the series, how will his absence affect Stanley Cup odds?
The Canadiens are now favorites to win the series at -223(Betway), but the Canadiens know all-too-well that a 1-0 series lead is never safe.
Entering Game 2, I think we could see the opposite of Game 1. The Canadiens caught Winnipeg off-guard as the Jets hadn’t played in a week. Now that they have their legs back under them, Winnipeg could easily even the series. Of course, Scheifele’s absence will impact the Jets, but it’s hard to discredit the rest of this Winnipeg lineup.
I was kind of surprised to see such a high-scoring game in Game 1. Carey Price and Connor Hellebuyck are two phenomenal goaltenders, so I don’t expect there to be a ton of scoring in Game 2. With the over/under listed at 5.5, I think taking the under (-135) will be your best NHL bet for this game. Goals were easy to come by, but the shot totals weren’t anything special. I think Game 1 was just a blip for both goalies and we should see a low-scoring second game.
As for the winner straight up, I like the Jets to come back and even the series. It may be bold, but that first game was detrimental to Winnipeg after so much rest. And if you watched Game 1, I wouldn’t say Winnipeg played terribly.
I think the biggest difference-maker will be how disciplined Winnipeg is. The Jets took 3 penalties (5 in total) that were costly as the Habs scored on the man advantage. Granted, the Jets were able to score shorthanded, but seeing PP goals compared to SH goals is far more realistic.
Even though Scheifele was in the wrong for his hit, the Jets are playing for him and his suspension. With the Jets at home and a playoff game under their belt once again, I think Winnipeg takes Game 2.
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