St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets
|Date & Time||Friday April 12, 2019, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
Bell MTS Place
The Line: St. Louis Blues +100 / Winnipeg Jets -118 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets meet Friday in game two of the NHL first round at the Bell MTS Place.
The St. Louis Blues look for another road victory to get off to impressive 2-0 series lead. The St. Louis Blues are averaging two goals per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. David Perron leads St. Louis with one goal, Patrick Maroon has one assist and Tyler Bozak has six shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing one goal per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Jordan Binnington has allowed one goal on 25 shots. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in 11 of their last 14 games.
The Winnipeg Jets need a win to tie up the series and give themselves a realistic chance of advancing. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging one goal per game and are scoring on zero percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with one goal, Dustin Byfuglien has one assist and Nikolaj Ehlers has four shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up two goals on 26 shots faced. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.
The Blues are 6-1 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games, 21-6 in their last 27 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-3 in their last 10 games as an underdog. The Jets are 7-3 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, 68-30 in their last 98 home games and 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite. The Blues are 4-11 in the last 15 meetings and the road team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. The under is 10-4-2 in Blues last 16 games as an underdog. The under is 5-0-1 in Jets last 6 playoff games as a favorite.
The St. Louis Blues are worth a strong look here when you consider how effective they've been defensively these past several weeks and the fact they've won 70 percent of their last 10 games as an underdog. With that said, the Winnipeg Jets have played well in their own right and were a bounce or two away from winning game one. The Jets also need this game if they're going to have a realistic chance of winning this series. It's not easy to advance when dropping the first two games at home, as it puts you in a serious hole. I'll side with the Jets at home and the cheap price.