Chicago Blackhawks (33-38-10) at Winnipeg Jets (51-20-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 7, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -235 / Chicago Blackhawks +210 --- Over/Under: 6
The Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to end the season with a victory after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex DeBrincat leads Chicago with 28 goals, Patrick Kane has 47 assists and Jonathan Toews has 211 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 60 goals on 842 shots faced and Anton Forsberg has allowed 85 goals on 921 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in nine of their last 11 games.
The Winnipeg Jets look for yet another victory after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 44 goals, Blake Wheeler has 67 assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 229 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 155 goals on 2,017 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 37 goals on 392 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed four or more goals in five of their last seven games.
The Blackhawks are 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest, 3-12 in their last 15 road games and 9-21 in their last 30 overall. The Jets are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 39-12 in their last 51 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The Blackhawks are 11-3 in the last 14 meetings in Winnipeg, 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The Chicago Blackhawks have been waiting for this day for a while now, a chance for this frustrating season to finally come to an end. The last thing on their mind is to end things on a positive note, especially on the end of a back to back. The Winnipeg Jets remain possibly the hottest team in the game right now and have been damn near unbeatable on their home ice. The price is very steep, but it's either backing the Jets or staying away from this game overall.