Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets - 4/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (54-21-10) at Minnesota Wild (46-28-11)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)
The Line: Minnesota Wild -117 / Winnipeg Jets -112 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Wild look to continue their remarkable success on home ice as they host the Winnipeg Jets in game four of their Central division playoff show down.
The Jets got dealt a dose of reality in Minnesota in game three on Sunday as they were pasted for six goals in what was a do or die situation for the Wild but the Jets have a chance to regain a two game lead with a bounce back effort here on Tuesday. Winnipeg has been one of the league’s best teams all season long and are an impressive 8-1 in their last nine against a team with a winning record and are 6-2 in their last eight against the Wild. Winnipeg knows how desperate the Wild are though and can ill afford to take them lightly in this spot and with Minnesota’s excellent record on home ice the Jets are going to have to play a spectacular contest for 60-plus minutes if they want a shot at winning the series at home in game five. Connor Hellebuyck is expected to be back in the crease as he will face off against Devan Dubnyk.
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The Wild are an impressive 23-9 in their last 32 games on home ice and are 20-7 in their last 27 when their opponent scores two or fewer in their previous game but the Wild have been very inconsistent over the last few weeks and are a disappointing 0-5 in their last five games following a win. Minnesota has felt the absence of Ryan Suter but they have actually played decently well in this series as they had their chances in both of their losses in Winnipeg and were dominant in game three’s blowout win but they have yet to see a complete game from the Jets who will be out to prove they belong in the conversation as a Cup contender in the competitive Western Conference.
The Jets are 6-2 in their last eight against the Central and 4-1 in their last five Tuesday games while the Wild are 1-5 in their last six after allowing two or less in their previous outing and are 2-7 in their last nine conference quarterfinal games. The under in 5-2 in the last seven meetings between these sides and in a game where the Wild need to win I think this one stays well under the total.