Anaheim Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets - 4/16/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (43-26-13) at Anaheim Ducks (51-24-7)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Honda Center)
The Line: Anaheim Ducks -165 / Winnipeg Jets +140 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets look for the upset of the Anaheim Jets at the Honda Center Thursday night.
The Winnipeg Jets and the Stanley Cup playoffs are seldom mentioned in the same sentence but not any longer. The Jets closed the season with wins in three of four to hopefully bring some momentum on to the Honda Center with them. The Jets need to get the best from both ends of the ice with neither being able to win on their lonesome. The offense was middle of the row at best with 2.7 goals on just under 30 shots which was #16. Winnipeg was a decent defensive club with 2.5 goals given up to rank 11th on only 28.7 shots. Even though this team wasn’t a big offensive threat Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little were threats with a combined 74 goals. Ondrej Pavelec was sturdy between the pipes with a 2.28 GAA and five shutouts in 50 contests.
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The numbers say the Anaheim Ducks were one of the best in the game although they cold go hot or cold at times and didn’t always pound what some deemed as inferior competition. Of course the expectations are unrealistic because it’s the fans who have them and most of the time those are unrealistic. The numbers are a bit strange with the offense producing 2.8 goals which was #11 while the defense gave up 2.7 goals which was 20th and resulted in little rom for error with such a small differential. Ryan Getzlaf led the Duck in points with 70-in 77 contests while Corey Perry was one of the top offensive threats in the game with 33 goals. Frederik Andersen was dependable between the pipes with a 35-17 record on a 2.38 goals against average in 54 appearances.
The Jets are 0-4 in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and are 4-0 in their last 4 vs. a team with a winning record while the over is 10-1-1 in Jets last 12 vs. Pacific. The Ducks are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and are 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games while going 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. Head to head the Jets are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Anaheim. I know the odds don’t favor Winnipeg at all and perhaps this is a stretch…