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Winnipeg Jets vs. San Jose Sharks - 2/5/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Jose Sharks at Winnipeg Jets
Date & Time Tuesday February 5, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Line
Winnipeg Jets -129 / San Jose Sharks +108 -- Over/Under: 6
TV Channel
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The San Jose Sharks and the Winnipeg Jets meet in NHL action from the Bell MTS Place on Tuesday night.

The San Jose Sharks will look to build on back-to-back victories after a 3-2 overtime win over Arizona in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening 20 minutes before Arizona took the lead just before the midway point of the 2nd period. San Jose tied and took the lead in a span of :44 thanks to goals from Kevin Labanc and Joe Pavelski. The Coyotes would tie the game early in the 3rd and neither team would find a 3rd goal in regulation, so it was off to overtime where Brent Burns scored the game-winner for San Jose 3:14 into the extra period. Martin Jones got the win to improve to 24-10-4 this season, stopping 31 of 33 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Winnipeg Jets come into this game looking to build on their current 3-game winning streak following a 9-3 rout of the Anaheim Ducks in their last outing. For all intents and purposes, the game was over in the first period as Andrew Copp and Jack Roslovic staked the Jets an early 2-0 lead. Blake Wheeler made it 3-0 just after the midway point of the 1st before Bryan Little, the aforementioned Roslovic and Brendan Lemieux scored another 3 goals in a span of 2:23 to carry a 6-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play. Anaheim pulled a pair of goals back, but Tyler Myers responded just :48 after the 2nd Ducks goal and Roslovic completed his hat-trick late in the 2nd period. Little added his 2nd goal of the game within the first minute of the final frame for good measure to make it 9-2 before Anaheim pulled a consolation goal back but the damage had already been done as the Jets emerged victorious. Connor Hellebuyck got the win after stopping 26 of 29 shots faced in the winning effort to improve his record to 24-14-1 this season.

San Jose is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Winnipeg is 21-8 in their last 29 games overall and 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 2-0-2 in their last 4 games following a win. San Jose is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Winnipeg.

The Sharks and the plus money are definitely worth considering and you wouldn’t be crazy for taking it considering how well the Sharks have been playing over the last month and how much success they’ve had in Winnipeg. However, I was a bit alarmed at how big of an effort it took to get past the Coyotes last time out, and while some of that could be chalked up to rust after the all-star break and a long layoff, I just need to see more before feeling comfortable with the Sharks against one of the NHL’s best in Winnipeg. The Jets have also been hard to knock off at home for quite some time now, so I’ll take a shot with the Jets and the low line at home in this one.

Winnipeg -129

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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