Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild
|Date & Time||Thursday January 10, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Xcel Energy Center
St. Paul, MN
Minnesota Wild -116 / Winnipeg Jets -106
The Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild meet in NHL action from the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to build on back-to-back wins following a 7-4 win over Colorado in their last outing. Mathieu Perreault and Kyle Connor helped the Jets jump out to a 2-0 lead that was cut in half by the end of the opening period. The Jets carried a 2-1 lead into the 2nd where Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little made the lead swell to 4-1 before the Avs scored a pair just 1:33 apart to restore the one-goal deficit heading into the 3rd. Andrew Copp and Mark Scheifele made it 6-3 and while Colorado pulled a goal back late, Winnipeg sealed the deal with an empty-netter from Jacob Trouba. Connor Hellebuyck got the win to improve to 19-12-1 after allowing all 4 goals on 41 shots in the winning effort.
The Minnesota Wild will look for a bounce back performance after being shut out by the Boston Bruins in a 4-0 defeat last time out. The Wild fell behind 3-0 after the 1st period and 4-0 early on in the 2nd frame to end up with the loss as none of Minnesota’s 24 shots on goal found the back of the net in the losing effort. Luke Kunin led the Wild with 3 shots on goal while Eric Staal and Nino Niederreiter were a pair of 6 Wild players with a pair of shots on goal in the loss. Alex Stalock took the loss, falling to 5-4-0 this season after allowing all 4 goals on 27 shots in the losing effort.
Winnipeg is 8-2 in their last 10 road games and 14-5 in their last 19 games overall while the over is 13-5-2 in their last 20 games against the Western Conference. Minnesota is 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 1-6 in their last 7 games against the Western Conference while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall. Winnipeg is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
The Jets have had their issues at the Xcel Energy Center, but the fact is that we are getting the better price with what I feel is the better team in Winnipeg. Sure, Minnesota is at home, and the home team has won 7 of the last 9 meetings between the two teams, but the Wild had issues on home ice before their road trip and Winnipeg isn’t the kind of team you want to play to try to snap out of that funk. I’ll lay the low line and side with Winnipeg here.