New York Islanders at Winnipeg Jets
|Date & Time||Thursday March 28, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg Jets -182 / New York Islanders +154
The New York Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets meet in NHL action from the Bell MTS Place in NHL action on Thursday night.
The New York Islanders will be looking to rebound after being shut out by the Columbus Blue Jackets by a final score of 4-0 in their last outing. Columbus opened the scoring just 5:43 into the game with the lone goal of the opening period. The 1-0 lead would hold up through the rest of the 1st and all of the 2nd before Columbus doubled the cushion early in the 3rd. The Blue Jackets pushed the lead to 3-0 before adding an empty-netter late in the 3rd, sending New York back empty-handed. Brock Nelson and Michael Dal Colle led the Isles with 3 shots on goal apiece in the losing effort. Thomas Greiss took the loss, falling to 22-14-2 after allowing 3 goals on 32 shots faced in the losing effort.
The Winnipeg Jets will also look for a bounce back after falling 5-2 to Dallas at home in their last time out on the ice. The game was scoreless through the opening period and through the first half of the 2nd period before Dallas jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a matter of 4:49. The Stars pushed the lead to 4-0 before Kyle Connor finally got the Jets on the board just :29 later. Patrik Laine cut the deficit back to 4-2, but that’s as close as the Jets would get as Dallas would score an empty-netter to secure the win. Connor Hellebuyck took the loss, falling to 32-21-2 after allowing 4 goals on 36 shots faced in the losing effort.
New York is 8-1 in their last 9 games against the Central division and 12-4 in their last 16 games against the Western Conference while the under is 23-3-2 in their last 28 games against a team with a winning record. Winnipeg is 68-27 in their last 95 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference. New York is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Winnipeg and the road team is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams overall.
Laying the juice with Winnipeg at home makes sense considering that the Jets are one of the best home teams in the NHL and how the Jets are still fighting for a division title. However, home ice hasn’t been much of an advantage in this matchup as the road team has won 9 of the last 12 meetings. New York has also had quite a bit of success in Winnipeg in recent years, and given how the Isles are trying to secure home ice in the first round of the playoffs, I just think this game means a bit more to New York so I’ll take a shot with the Islanders and the plus money on Thursday.