Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Xcel Energy Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -106 / Minnesota Wild -114 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Winnipeg Jets look for another win after splitting their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 25.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with 36 goals, Blake Wheeler has 69 assists and Patrik Laine has 237 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 171 goals on 1,964 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 49 goals on 652 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Minnesota Wild could use a win here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Zach Parise leads Minnesota with 26 goals, Ryan Suter has 39 assists and Eric Staal has 212 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 162 goals on 1,844 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 48 goals on 447 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Jets are 6-1 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Wild are 7-20 in their last 27 home games, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 2-9 in their last 11 games as a home favorite. The Jets are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Jets last 8 overall. The under is 15-4-2 in Wild last 21 overall.
The Minnesota Wild shouldn't be favored against anybody in their current form, as they've lost eight of their last 11 games and playing at home hasn't made much difference. The Winnipeg Jets have been reliable playing on the end of a back to back and are still fighting for playoff positioning. Yes, you can make a case for the Wild, who have a rest advantage and are still somewhat in the playoff race, but they've been awful these last couple of weeks. I have to side with the Jets and the slightly cheaper price.