Winnipeg Jets (18-10-7) at Minnesota Wild (16-13-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 27, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Wild -145 / Winnipeg Jets +125 --- Over/Under: 5
The Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild square off Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Winnipeg Jets have split their last eight games and are trying to hang around in the Central. The Jets are averaging 2.5 goals per game and have scored 10 goals in their last three games. The Winnipeg Jets have three power play goals in their last five games and have won six of their last nine games when scoring at least three goals. Bryan Little leads the Jets with 13 goals, Blake Wheeler has 15 assists and Andrew Ladd has 103 shots on goal. Defensively, the Jets are allowing 2.2 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Michael Hutchinson has allowed 19 goals on 338 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has given up 56 goals on 642 shots. The Jets have won four of their last six road games.
The Minnesota Wild have lost four straight games and are quickly dropping in the Central. The Wild are averaging 2.8 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Minnesota Wild have three power play goals in their last two games and have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals. Nino Niederreiter leads Minnesota with 14 goals, Jason Pominville has 17 assists and Marco Scandella has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Niklas Backstrom has allowed 32 goals on 322 shots faced and Darcy Kuemper has given up 52 goals on 524 shots.
The Jets are 3-8 in their last 11 games following a win and 11-24 in their last 35 Saturday games. The Wild are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The Jets are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Minnesota and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings overall.
The Wild are due for a victory and should be able to get it against a Jets team that hasn't had much success against them. Minnesota and the reasonable chalk is the pick here.