Pittsburgh Penguins (40-16-8) at Winnipeg Jets (30-31-6)
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 8, 2017, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +115 / Pittsburgh Penguins -130 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The MTS Centre and the Winnipeg Jets welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to town for an NHL hockey tilt on Wednesday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are out to win back to back Stanley Cups but sometimes the team seems to be going through the motions. The Penguins looked that way Sunday against the visiting Buffalo Sabres until a late scoring burst sealed a 4-3 victory. Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel scored in the closing minutes of the third with Evgeni Malkin and Justin Schultz also scoring. Schultz also added a pair of assists to lift Marc-Andre Fleury to the win in relief with Matt Murray lifted after allowing three first period goals. The Sabres took a 3-0 lead in the first on goals from Jack Eichel, Brian Gionta and Ryan O’Reilly but the early support was not enough for Anders Nisson who was charged with all four goals on 45 shots.
The San Jose Sharks are heading to the playoffs and the Winnipeg Jets are fighting to reach the postseason but it was the Sharks with their strong defense and goaltending who came out on the right side of a 3-2 decision on Monday. Joe Pavelski scored twice including an empty netter with Mikkel Boedker also lighting the lamp in support of Aaron Dell who recorded 31 saves. The Sharks are now 39-19-7 and avoided back to back defeats. The Jets offense came from John Morrissey in the opening period with Mark Scheifele making the final score close with his tally with seven seconds remaining. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 stops in the loss as Winnipeg remained a point behind for the second Wild Card.
The under is 4-0 in Penguins last 4 road games and the Penguins are 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record while the Penguins are 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The over is 6-0 in Jets last 6 vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and the Jets are 2-15 in their last 17 vs. Metropolitan while the Jets are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The home team is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the Penguins are 44-14 in the last 58 meetings while the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Pittsburgh has be very strong when facing the Jets and the over has done well so I lean Penguins until goalies are confirmed…