Winnipeg Jets (30-33-6) at New Jersey Devils (25-31-12)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 14, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -103 / Winnipeg Jets -107 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Winnipeg Jets look to shake off an overtime loss against the Predators last night as they continue their road trip against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
The Jets swallowed a tough loss on the road against the Predators in Nashville last night in a game where they probably deserved two points but they get right back in to action on Tuesday night against the lowly New Jersey Devils in a very winnable spot for them. Winnipeg heads into action tonight sitting nine points behind the St. Louis Blues for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and with only 13 games remaining in their schedule time is certainly running out for this team as they need to sharpen up down the stretch to stay in the playoff discussion. Winnipeg has a very solid roster led up front by Mark Schiefele and rookie sensation Patrik Laine but they their goaltending has been their down fall all season and unless they can find someone in the offseason to take over as the guy this might become a familiar place for them on a yearly basis.
The Devils meanwhile have had a terrible season as they currently occupy last place in the Eastern Conference and have the third to worst mark in the NHL, besting only the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes to this point. New Jersey made a splash in the offseason when they went out and acquired Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson but for those who said the Devils won the trade going away it is an interesting dispute at the moment as the Devils are well back of the postseason while Edmonton, sans Hall, is knocking on the door of a top three spot in the Pacific. Corey Schneider is expected to get the start here as he will likely face off against Connor Hellebuyck who is getting more and more time in the Winnipeg crease.
The Jets are 5-16 in their last 21 against the Metro and 2-5 in their last seven overall while the Devils are 1-5 in their last six against the West and 5-17 in their last 22 home games. This is an absolute must win for the Jets as they can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye if they lose to the lowly Devils. Take Winnipeg.