Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild - 4/13/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Wild (45-27-11) at Winnipeg Jets (53-20-10)
NHL Hockey: Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm (MTS Centre)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -220 / Minnesota Wild +163 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets meet Friday in game two of the NHL Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place.
The Minnesota Wild look for a victory to tie up this series before returning home for game three on Sunday. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with one goal, Mikko Koivu has one assist and Joel Eriksson Ek has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up three goals on 40 shots faced. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The Winnipeg Jets hope to take a commanding 2-0 series lead and get halfway toward reaching the semifinals. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Joe Morrow leads Winnipeg with one goal, Dustin Byfuglien has one assist and Patrik Laine has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up two goals on 20 shots faced. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed two or less goals in four of their last six games.
The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games, 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 1-6 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Jets are 41-12 in their last 53 home games, 1-8 in their last 9 Conference Quarterfinals games and 35-16 in their last 51 overall. The Wild are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Winnipeg, 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Winnipeg Jets have had their way with the Minnesota Wild in five of the last six meetings, and game one was no different, as they had double the shots on goal and Hellebuyck continues to do a wonderful job in net. There's nothing that we've seen between these two teams this season that makes you want to pick against the Winnipeg Jets on their home ice. So, while I hate laying big juice in a hockey playoff game where the margin of error is so slim, I have to side with the Jets to take a 2-0 series lead.