Bell MTS Place will be the site for an enticing matchup as the San Jose Sharks visit Manitoba to take on the Winnipeg Jets. It’s the third and final time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 14, and fans at home can watch this Western Conference matchup live on The Sports Network.
San Jose Sharks vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds
Winnipeg (-140) is favored over San Jose (+120) and the Over/Under (O/U) is placed at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -125 money on the over and +105 on the under.
The Jets are 29-29 straight up (SU) and have netted moneyline bettors 3.0 units this season. That early-season winning percentage is a regression from the 47-35 record that the team managed during the 2018-19 season campaign. Of the team’s 58 games this season, 27 have gone under the total, while 27 have gone over and just two have pushed. The team is 14-16 SU at home this season.
Winnipeg has converted on 19.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.8 percent of all penalties.
As a collective unit, Winnipeg has been penalized just 3.1 times per game overall this season, and 4.0 per game over its past ten games. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 8.2 minutes per game over its last five outings, in total.
Averaging 28.4 saves per game with a .919 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (25-22-5) has been the principal goalkeeper for the Jets this season. If head coach Paul Maurice chooses to give him the night off, however, the Jets could turn to Laurent Brossoit (6-11-11 record, .888 save percentage, 3.48 goals against average).
Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele will both be focal points for the Jets. Connor (59 points) has tallied 28 goals and 31 assists and has recorded multiple points in 16 different games this year. Scheifele has 23 goals and 36 assists to his credit and has recorded a point in 38 games.
Over on the other bench, San Jose is 24-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 10.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. A total of 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just two have pushed. As the road team this season, San Jose is 10-17 SU.
San Jose has converted on just 16.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places it in the bottom-10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked second overall and it’s successfully defended 85.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
San Jose’s skaters have been penalized 4.1 times per game in total this season, 3.8 per game over their past five match ups total, and 4.6 per game over their last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays 14.6 minutes per game over their last five road outings.
Martin Jones (.889 save percentage and 3.25 goals against average) has been the main option in goal for San Jose. Jones is averaging 24.8 saves per game and owns a 13-20-2 record.
For the visiting Sharks, the offense will be heavily coordinated by Erik Karlsson (six goals, 34 assists) and Evander Kane (21 goals, 16 assists).
San Jose Sharks at Winnipeg Jets Free Picks
Free Pick: SU Winner – Sharks, O/U – Under
- Winnipeg is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while San Jose is 2-1 in shootouts.
- The total has gone over in three of San Jose’s last five games.
- San Jose has managed 26.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg is averaging 36.2 shots per game over its last five home outings.
- Over San Jose’s last ten games, nine of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-6 in those games).
- This game features two of the more aggressive teams in the league. San Jose skaters have accounted for the league’s 11th-most hits per game (22.5) and the Jets have handed the 11th-most (22.7).