Winnipeg Jets at Carolina Hurricanes
|Date & Time||Friday March 8, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
Carolina Hurricanes -135 / Winnipeg Jets +122 -- O/U: 6
The Winnipeg Jets and the Carolina Hurricanes meet in NHL action from the PNC Arena on Friday night.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to rebound after a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in their last outing. Tampa opened the scoring just 1:34 into the game before Blake Wheeler responded for the Jets, tying the game less than 5 minutes later. The game stayed tied until just before the midway point of the 2nd when Tampa Bay re-took the lead and doubled their advantage by the end of the 2nd to take a 3-1 lead over Winnipeg heading into the 3rd. Tampa pushed the lead to 5-1 before Jacob Trouba pulled a power play goal back for the Jets, but it was too little too late for the ‘Peg as Tampa Bay held on for the win. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 of 36 shots faced in the losing effort, but it was Laurent Brossoit who took the loss in relief after Hellebuyck took a puck to the mask in the 2nd period. Brossoit fell to 11-5-2 on the year with the defeat.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to rebound from a 4-3 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins in their last outing. Sebastian Aho opened the scoring for the ‘Canes with the lone goal of the opening period, before doubling Carolina’s advantage just 1:10 into the 2nd period. Boston would tie the game up by the end of the 2nd and take the lead early on in the 3rd. Justin Williams would tie the game at three, sending us to overtime but Boston would bury just 1:46 into the extra frame to take the win and the extra point. Curtis McElhinney took the loss, falling to 17-7-2 after allowing all 4 goals on 38 shots faced in the losing effort.
Winnipeg is 9-4 in their last 13 road games against a team with a winning home record and 30-14 in their last 44 games against the Eastern Conference while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Carolina is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Western Conference while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The plus money with the Jets is worth a look considering that Winnipeg has won 4 of the last 5 meetings against Carolina and 6 of the last 8 meetings at the PNC Arena. However, Carolina has been playing the better hockey as of late, and has owned the Western Conference as well in their last few games against the opposing conference. The Hurricanes recent hot streak has also pushed themselves into a playoff spot, and while all good things can’t last forever, I like Carolina to keep up their winning ways here, so I’ll lay the juice with the Hurricanes in this spot.