Anaheim Ducks (42-23-11) at Winnipeg Jets (35-35-7)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 30, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +115 / Anaheim Ducks -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The MTS Centre and the Winnipeg Jets host an NHL hockey battle with the Anaheim Ducks.
The Anaheim Ducks are red hot at a time when winning and momentum are always welcome heading to the postseason. The Ducks are at their best with five consecutive victories following a 4-1 win at Vancouver on Tuesday night. Anaheim was strong at both ends of the ice despite having leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf sit out with a lower body problem. The Ducks wasted no time in taking control of this one with Patrick Eaves and Corey Perry scoring just 1:17 after the opening faceoff. Brandon Montour and Nick Ritchie also registered goals with Antoine Vermette logging a pair of helpers while Jonathan Bernier giving the Ducks 34 stops in the net. Rookie Brock Boeser scored for the Canucks and Ryan Miller made 35 stops in a losing effort.
The Winnipeg Jets have been eliminated from postseason contention but to their credit they played hard anyway with a 4-3, SO victory at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday that featured a comeback from a two goal deficit. Patrik Laine scored the decisive goal in the shootout with Blake Wheeler, Joel Armia and Nikolaj Ehlers each lighting the lamp in regulation for the Jets in regulation. Winnipeg received 20 stops from Connor Hellebuyck for back to back victories. The Devils offense came off the sticks of Taylor Hall, Beau Bennett and Stefan Noesen but Hall, John Quenneville and Pavel Zacha were stymied in the shootout. Cory Schneider absorbed the loss with three goals allowed on 36 shots as New Jersey dropped number four in a row.
The Ducks are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and the Ducks are 5-0 in their last 5 overall while the Ducks are 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. The Jets are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Pacific and the Jets are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record while the Jets are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record. The Ducks are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Winnipeg and the under is 3-0-2 in the last 5 meetings while the Ducks are 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.
The under has done okay in this match up and Anaheim has been the side to be on which I lean to with goalies still pending…