Winnipeg Jets vs. Colorado Avalanche - 2/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado Avalanche (31-21-4) at Winnipeg Jets (33-15-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm (MTS Centre)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -183 / Colorado Avalanche +165 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Colorado Avalanche and Winnipeg Jets meet Friday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.
The Colorado Avalanche could use a feel good victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Colorado Avalanche are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 24 goals, Mikko Rantanen has 35 assists and Gabriel Landeskog has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 80 goals on 935 shots faced and Jonathan Bernier has allowed 75 goals on 894 shots. The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.
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The Winnipeg Jets also need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 25 goals, Blake Wheeler has 47 assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 162 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 109 goals on 1,401 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 33 goals on 321 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 11 games.
The Avalanche are 12-40 in their last 52 road games, 17-48 in their last 65 vs. Western Conference and 14-6 in their last 20 overall. The Jets are 27-7 in their last 34 home games, 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record and 27-13 in their last 40 vs. Western Conference. The Avalanche are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Winnipeg, the home team is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings and the under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
The Colorado Avalanche have been able to sprinkle in wins here and there recently, but they're still rough defensively and continue to be an automatic fade on the road. The Winnipeg Jets are one of the top home teams in the league and it's to the point you don't want to bet against them when playing on their home ice. The home team has also domianted the series between the Avalanche and Jets over the years. While the price isn't cheap, the Jets should win this contest.