Minnesota Wild (40-26-12) at Winnipeg Jets (35-34-10)
|Date & Time||Monday April 7, 2014, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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The Line: Winnipeg Jets -105 / Minnesota Wild -105 --- Over/Under: 5
The Minnesota Wild look to clinch a playoff berth on Monday night with a victory over the Winnipeg Jets. This is the fifth meeting between the two teams, and the Wild lead the series 3-1.
The Wild have their eyes set on the seventh seed in the Western Conference, and can clinch soon with only four games remaining in the regular season. The Wild have won three of their last four games and are getting solid production out of goalie IIya Bryzgalov, who has allowed two or less goals in five straight games. Offensively, Mikko Koivu has racked up two goals and four assists in his last five games. The Minnesota Wild are 16-17-3-4 on the road this season.
The Winnipeg Jets are trying to finish their season on a positive note by winning two of their last three games. However, the Jets have lost five of their last eight games. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec has allowed three of more goals in six of his last 10 games. Offensively, however, the Jets have received a boost on the power play, scoring at least one power play goal in five of their last seven games. Michael Frolik has three assists in his last four games. The Winnipeg Jets are 17-16-1-5 at home.
The Wild are 5-1 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win. The Jets are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record and 2-7 in their last 9 home games. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Give me the Wild at the cheap price. The Wild need this win to set themselves up for a playoff spot, while the Jets are already thinking about last season. Minnesota has won three of the four meetings this season against the Jets and should make it four of the last five with a win on Monday.