Winnipeg Jets (23-10-2) at Vancouver Canucks (17-17-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 10:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vancouver Canucks +138 / Winnipeg Jets -153 --- Over/Under: 6.5
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The Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks meet in NHL action from the Rogers Arena on Saturday night.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to build on a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in their last outing. Dustin Byfuglien opened the scoring in the first minute of the game by capitalizing on a turnover and an ensuing breakaway, but the lead lasted all of :45 before San Jose tied the game and eventually took the lead just after the midway point of the period. However, Nikolaj Ehlers and Mason Appleton would score just 1:12 apart to give the Jets a 3-2 lead after the opening frame. San Jose scored in the dying second of the middle period to tie the game at 3-3 and we looked headed for overtime before Ehlers completed his hat trick with a pair of goals 2:07 apart in the final minutes of the 3rd period to steal the victory. Connor Hellebuyck got the win to improve to 16-9-1 this season after stopping 41 of 44 shots faced in the winning effort.
The Vancouver Canucks will look to build up some momentum after a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues in their last outing. The game was a scoreless tie through the first period and for part of the 2nd before Bo Horvat and Adam Gaudette scored :28 apart to take a 2-0 lead into the dressing room after 40 minutes of play. Josh Leivo pushed it to 3-0 before St. Louis scored their lone goal of the game, before goals from Jake Virtanen and an empty netter from Loui Eriksson gave the Canucks the final 5-1 score line. Jacob Markstrom got the win to improve to 14-9-3 after stopping 29 of the 30 shots faced in the winning effort.
Winnipeg is 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 39-12 in their last 51 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games against the Western Conference. Vancouver is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 home games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Winnipeg is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Vancouver.
The plus money at home with the Canucks is tempting considering how well the Canucks have been playing over the last couple of weeks. However, the Jets have flat out owned this matchup both overall and in Vancouver and since the line isn’t too bad, I’ll lay the juice with the Canucks on the road in this one.