Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets Game Preview

Two clubs that could very well meet again in the Stanley Cup finals, the Boston Bruins and the Winnipeg Jets face off at Bell MTS Place for an East-West matchup. New England Sports Network will broadcast the matchup, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 27.

Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds

Winnipeg comes into the matchup as the favorite with a -135 moneyline. The line for Boston sits at +115 and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-120 over, +100 under).

Boston is 47-27 straight up (SU) and has earned 8.8 units for moneyline bettors this season. 40 of its outings have gone under the total, while 33 have gone over and just one has pushed. This 2017-18 Bruins team is 22-15 SU on the road.

Boston has converted on 22.0 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the league. On the other hand, it has the sixth-best penalty kill in the league, and the teams successfully killed off 82.7 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Bruins have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game overall during the 2017-18 season, and 3.2 per game over its last five road outings. The teams been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

With a .918 save percentage and 25.4 saves per game, Tuukka Rask (32-17-5) has been the primary option in goal for Boston this year. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, Boston might turn to Anton Khudobin (15-13-5 record, .917 save percentage, 2.48 goals against average).

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak will both be relied on to produce for the visiting Bruins. Marchand has 80 points on 33 goals and 47 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 24 different games. Pastrnak has 30 goals and 43 assists to his name (and has notched at least one point in 48 games).

Winnipeg is 46-29 straight up (SU) and has netted 12.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 75 regular season matches, 37 of its games have gone over the total, while 36 have gone under and just two have pushed. It’s 29-9 SU at home this season.

The Jets currently have the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve scored on 23.5 percent of their extra-man opportunities this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all penalties.

Winnipeg players have been sent to the penalty box 3.8 times per game in total this season, 3.4 per game over their past five match ups total, and 3.4 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Connor Hellebuyck has denied 28.1 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Jets. Hellebuyck has 39 wins, 23 losses, and nine overtime losses to his credit and has registered a .924 save percentage and 2.36 goals against average this season.

Blake Wheeler (20 goals, 65 assists) will lead the attack for the Jets.

Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Winnipeg is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Boston is 3-2 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in three of Winnipeg’s last five outings.
  • Boston has managed 31.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg has been attempting 38.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Winnipeg has averaged 4.0 goals per game (while allowing just 2.2) in its past five games (the teams a perfect 2-0 SU during that span).
  • Over Winnipeg’s last ten outings, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 3-1 in those games).
  • Boston skaters have accounted for the leagues ninth-most hits per game (23.7), but the teams recorded just 20.8 hits over their last five away games.