Minnesota Wild (16-13-4) at Winnipeg Jets (19-10-7)
|Date & Time||Monday December 29, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets / Minnesota Wild --- Over/Under:
The Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets square off Monday night at the MTS Centre.
The Minnesota Wild have lost five straight games and begin a short two-game road trip. The Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have four power play goals in their last three games and have lost four of their last six games when scoring at least three goals overall. Nino Niederreiter leads Minnesota with 14 goals, Jason Pominville has 18 assists and Zach Parise has 107 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Niklas Backstrom has allowed 32 goals on 322 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 52 goals on 524 shots.
The Winnipeg Jets have won four of their last five games and are making some noise in the Central. The Jets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored 12 goals in their last three games. The Winnipeg Jets have one power play goal in their last four games and have won six of their last nine games when scoring three or more goals overall. Bryan Little leads Winnipeg with 14 goals, Andrew Ladd has 15 assists and Blake Wheeler has 108 shots on goal. Defensively, the Jets are allowing 2.3 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in four of their last eight games. Michael Hutchinson has allowed 22 goals on 363 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has given up 56 goals on 642 shots.
The Wild are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Jets are 18-39 in their last 57 vs. Central and 13-3 in their last 16 vs. a team with a losing record. The Wild are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Wild are in one of those funks while the Jets are starting to turn things around and have feasted all season on teams with a losing record. Winnipeg has to be the pick in this spot at home.