Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets - 3/10/14
Winnipeg Jets (30-28-7) at Colorado Avalanche (41-18-5)
NHL Hockey: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Colorado Avalanche -173 / Winnipeg Jets +157 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Jets look to shake a two game losing skid as they head to Denver to take on the Avalanche who hold firm to the 5th spot in the West.
The Jets made the move to the Western Conference this season which has had both positive and negative repercussions as they have a more favourable schedule in terms of travel and time differential but they are also in a much tougher conference with a handful of the game’s best teams. The Jets currently sit in 11th place in the West and trail the Stars by five points for the final playoff spot which at this point in the season in Winnipeg’s primary goal after thoughts of a division crown went out the window. The Jets are a frustrating team to watch as they have a ton of talent at both ends of the rink but could never seem to generate any consistency which ultimately cost former head coach Claude Noel his job. The team has responded since Paul Maurice has taken over but they’ll be in tough to make the postseason as there are a number of talented teams in front of them that are just as hungry and desperate to keep their Stanley Cup hopes intact.
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The Avalanche have been one of the game’s biggest surprises this season as Patrick Roy has his team in fifth place in the Western Conference which at this point would set up a first round playoff series with the San Jose Sharks. Colorado has a very nice team especially up front but the play of their blue line of late, namely Erik Johnson who struggled in his final seasons with the Blues is living up to the billing of a top draft pick. The Avs have gone from the worst team in the league to a playoff contender over the course of a calendar year but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as they have a ton of talent but couldn’t seem to find any chemistry last year and it looked as though the former coaching staff had lost the dressing room. While the Jets are still a team in contention I think the injury to Mark Schiefele is bigger than people think and without his offensive presence I expect the Jets to struggle especially on the road.