Winnipeg Jets (34-35-7) at New Jersey Devils (27-35-13)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 28, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -105 / Winnipeg Jets -115 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Winnipeg Jets invade the Prudential Center to face the New Jersey Devils in NHL hockey action.
The Winnipeg Jets postseason hopes are hanging by a thread and it’s a very thin thread to be exact. Winnipeg is eliminated from the playoffs with one loss or a St. Louis Blues win so there isn’t any wiggle room and the odds are against them in a big way. The Jets managed to avoid elimination with Sunday’s 2-1 victory versus the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Mathieu Perrault scored in the second to erase a 1-0 deficit and Adam Lowry netted the game winner in the third on the power play to lead the Jets offense while Michael Hutchinson made 28 stops to get the victory. The Canucks lone goal came from Alexander Edler with Ryan Miller coming up big between the pipes with a 30 save performance albeit, a losing one.
The Dallas Stars were one of the better teams a short year ago but we can say what a difference a year makes with the team on the cusp of elimination with another defeat. The Stars faced elimination Sunday at the Prudential Center versus the New Jersey Devils but came away with a 2-1, overtime win after trailing late in the third period. Tyler Seguin won it just 20 seconds in to the extra session on the man advantage but it was Ales Hemsky’s power play tally with 6:36 remaining that tied the game at 1-1. Kari Lehtonen gave Dallas 20 saves as the Stars kept the puck off of their goalie. Blake Coleman gave the Devils their only goal in the first and Keith Kinkaid was solid in goal with 30 stops but it was still a loss.
The Jets are 0-8 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and the over is 7-1 in Jets last 8 Tuesday games while the over is 5-1 in Jets last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The under is 2-0-2 in Devils last 4 home games and the over is 4-0-2 in Devils last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 3-0-2 in Devils last 5 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 days situation. The under is 8-0-1 in the last 9 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in New Jersey while the Jets are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The trends are heavily tilted towards the under while Winnipeg has done well also so I’ll lean under until goalies are announced…