In their third and final head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Arizona Coyotes and the Winnipeg Jets face off at Bell MTS Place for a Western Conference showdown. The match will get going at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 6 and it is being shown live on Fox Arizona Plus.
Arizona Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets Odds
Arizona (+195) is entering this one as the underdog to Winnipeg (-235), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under). After they originally opened at -115 over, -105 under, those lines have shifted.
Winnipeg is 31-22 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 8.0 units this season. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Central Division so far in this young season, is a welcome improvement compared to what the team did during the 2016-17 season (40-42). Through 53 regular season contests, 26 of the teams games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just two have pushed. The teams 19-5 SU at home this year.
The Jets currently tout the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as the team has scored on 24.7 percent of their extra-man opportunities this year. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.3 percent of all penalties.
The Jets, as a collective unit, have been whistled for penalties 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five matchups at home. The team has had to stave off opposition power plays for just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall.
Averaging 27.9 saves per game with a .925 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (27-16-8) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Jets this year. If the Jets decide to give him the night off, however, the team might turn to Steve Mason (3-8-8 record, .897 save percentage, 3.52 goals against average).
The Jets will continue relying on leadership out of Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine. Wheeler (58 points) has produced 14 goals and 44 assists and has recorded two or more points in 16 different games this year. Laine has 24 goals and 17 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 32 games.
On the other bench, Arizona is 12-40 straight up (SU) and has lost 24.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 52 regular season contests, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Coyotes are 6-21 SU as the visiting team this season.
The Coyotes have converted on just 15.9 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom-five overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
Arizona’s players have been penalized only 3.1 times per game this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 5.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Antti Raanta (25.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Arizona. Raanta owns an 8-20-5 record, and has registered a .919 save percentage and 2.56 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Coyotes, the offense will be coordinated by Clayton Keller (14 goals, 22 assists) and Derek Stepan (nine goals, 21 assists).
Arizona Coyotes at Winnipeg Jets Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Over
- Two of Winnipeg’s last ten games have gone to a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-2 overall in shootouts this year.
- The under has hit in three of Winnipeg’s last five games.
- Four of Arizona’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-3 in those games.
- This game features two of the more physical teams in the league. Arizona skaters have accounted for the leagues sixth-most hits per game (24.5) while the Jets have registered the 12th-most (22.1).