Winnipeg Jets vs. Boston Bruins - 10/17/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Bruins (1-1-0) at Winnipeg Jets (1-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Monday, October 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (MTS Centre)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -114 / Boston Bruins -109 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, TVA
The Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets meet in an interesting NHL matchup Monday night at the MTS Centre.
The Boston Bruins are off to 1-1 start to the season and will end a three-game road trip here. The Bruins offense has been hit or miss out of the gate, as Boston had six goals in its opening win over Columbus but just one goal in its Saturday loss to Toronto. Still, the Bruins trio of Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and David Backes has been on fire with all of Boston’s seven goals in its first two games. A combination of Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin has allowed seven goals on 55 shots, and the Bruins are killing 85.7 percent of power plays. The Boston Bruins is on the verge of losing two of their first three games for the third straight season. Adam McQuaid and Patrice Bergeron are questionable with injuries.
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The Winnipeg Jets are also off to a 1-1 start and hope to remain unbeaten on their home ice. The Jets have been all offense with eight goals in two games and six players with at least three shots on goal. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele have combined for four goals and three assists, while Mathieu Perreault has five shots on goal. The Jets will be tough to beat with that offensive production, and they’ve won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than two goals. Defensively, Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson have allowed a combined eight goals on 58 shots faced, and the Jets are killing 62.5 percent of power plays. The Winnipeg Jets hope for another fast start like last season in which they won four of their first five games.
The Bruins are 3-7 in their last 10 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Jets are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-8 in their last 9 vs. Atlantic. The Bruins are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Winnipeg and 19-8 in the last 27 meetings overall.
Both teams are kind of in the same boat with 1-1 starts and defenses that have allowed the opposing offense to do whatever it wants. In the end, I give the nod to the Winnipeg Jets at home. Why? The home team has won 21 of the last 28 meetings between the Bruins and Jets. That's an eyepopping trend that's worthy of backing up with a wager.