Winnipeg Jets (14-8-2) at New York Rangers (13-12-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 2, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Rangers +123 / Winnipeg Jets -148 --- Over/Under: 6
The Winnipeg Jets and the New York Rangers meet in NHL action from Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
The Winnipeg Jets come into this game looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 4-3 overtime win over New Jersey in their last outing. New Jersey jumped out to a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play before Mark Scheifele tied up the game at 1-1 after the 2nd period. The game stayed tied until just past the midway point of the 3rd before Josh Morrissey and Andrew Copp scored 2:49 apart to give the ‘Peg a 3-1 lead, but it was all for naught as the Devils would erase the deficit and force overtime. We were nearly headed to a shootout before Mark Scheifele potted his 2nd goal of the contest with just :17 to go in OT to give Winnipeg the extra point. Laurent Brossoit got the win to improve to 5-1-1 this season after stopping 36 of 39 shots faced in the winning effort.
The New York Rangers will be looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 5-2 defeat against the Montreal Canadiens last time out. Montreal jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the opening frame and 4-0 before the Rangers finally got on the board thanks to a marker from Jimmy Vesey. Ryan Strome added a goal just six minutes later, but that’s as close as New York would get as Montreal would slide a 5th past goaltender Alexander Georgiev. Georgiev took the loss, falling to 4-4-0 this season after allowing all 5 goals on 41 shots in the losing effort.
Winnipeg is 19-8 in their last 27 games against the Eastern Conference and 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Metropolitan division while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 games overall. New York is 8-1 in their last 9 home games and 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Western Conference while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Winnipeg is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in New York.
The plus money is tempting with New York at home because MSG is where the Rangers have played their best hockey this season with a 10-4-0 record. However, the Jets are simply the better team here and have had no issues going on the road and beating the Rangers over the last couple of years, so I’ll lay the juice with the team in better form, and that’s Winnipeg.