Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets - 1/13/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (26-12-7) at Minnesota Wild (23-17-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild / Winnipeg Jets --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Winnipeg Jets look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 25.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 19 goals, Blake Wheeler has 38 assists and Mark Scheifele has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 80 goals on 1,041 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 33 goals on 321 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The Minnesota Wild look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 19 goals, Ryan Suter has 22 assists and Jason Zucker has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 71 goals on 866 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 47 goals on 545 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last nine games.
The Jets are 3-9 in their last 12 road games, 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games and 25-57 in their last 82 games playing on 0 days rest. The Wild are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games and 9-2 in their last 11 home games. The Jets are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Minnesota Wild have caught fire on their home ice recently, and they're catching a Jets squad on the end of a back to back on the road, a place where they have struggled over the last few weeks. Winnipeg has had the upperhand over the Wild in past meetings, but I like rested Minnesota at home. The Wild have lost just twice at home since December. Give me the home team.