Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund, and the Minnesota Wild are set to face off against Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, and the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place in a divisional tilt. The Sports Network will showcase the matchup, and the opening face-off takes place at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 29.
Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets Odds
Minnesota (+155) is playing the role of underdog to Winnipeg (-175), and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the over and +100 for the under.
Winnipeg is 24-13 straight-up (SU) and has netted 5.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, the NHL’s third-best so far this season, is right in line with what the team produced during the 2017-18 season (52-30). Of the team’s 37 games this season, 18 have gone over the total, while 15 have gone under and just four have pushed. The team is 13-7 SU at home this year.
The Jets have converted on 28.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for fourth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.1 percent of all penalties.
Sporting a .909 save percentage and 28.1 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (16 wins, 12 losses, and one OT loss) has been the primary option in goal for the Jets this year. If head coach Paul Maurice decides to rest him, however, the team could turn to Laurent Brossoit (8-2-2 record, .939 save percentage, 2.11 goals against average).
Minnesota has lost 7.1 units for moneyline bettors this year and is currently 17-19 straight up (SU). 16 of its matches have gone over the total, while an additional 16 have gone under the total and just four have pushed. As the away team, the Wild are 7-10 SU so far.
The Wild have converted on 22.5 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked third overall and it’s successfully killed off 85.3 percent of all penalties.
Devan Dubnyk (25.7 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Minnesota. Dubnyk has 13 wins, 16 losses, and three OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .911 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average this year.
Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets Betting Predictions
Prediction: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under
- The under has hit in four of Minnesota’s last five games.
- Over Minnesota’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).
- Minnesota skaters registered 16.9 hits per game last season, while the Jets logged 23.3 hits per contest.