Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets Free Preview

Daniel GimenezHockey, NHL

Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and the Colorado Avalanche will do battle against Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, and the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place in a Central Division tilt. The match gets going at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, November 9, and it can be seen live on The Sports Network.

Colorado Avalanche at Winnipeg Jets Odds

Colorado (+155) is entering this one as the underdog to Winnipeg (-175) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -115 for the over and -105 on the under.

Winnipeg is 8-6 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.1 units this season. That winning percentage, the third-best in the Central Division in this young season, is a regression from the 52-30 record that the team posted during the 2017-18 season campaign. Out of the team’s 14 regular season matches, eight of them have gone under the total, while three have gone over and three have pushed. This season, the team’s 5-3 SU at home.

The Jets currently tout the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve converted on 33.3 percent of their extra-man chances this year. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 78.4 percent of all penalties.

Averaging 29.2 saves per game with a .907 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (5-6-1) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Jets this year. If head coach Paul Maurice decides to rest him, however, Winnipeg could turn to the undefeated Laurent Brossoit (3-0 record, .957 save percentage, 1.67 goals against average).

On the other hand, Colorado is 7-8 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 15 regular season outings, eight of its games have gone under the total, while seven have gone over and none have pushed. The Avalanche are 4-5 SU as a road team this season.

The Avalanche have converted on 26.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked seventh overall and it’s successfully killed off 84.1 percent of all opponent power plays.

Semyon Varlamov (31.0 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Colorado. Varlamov owns a 4-6-2 record, while registering a .934 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average this year.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets Betting Predictions

NHL Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • After winning two of their three shootouts last season, the Avalanche are off to a 0-1 start in shootouts this year. The Jets were 4-2 in shootouts last year and has yet to participate in one this time around.
  • The under has hit in four of Winnipeg’s last five games.
  • Colorado has managed 28.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg has been attempting 34.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Colorado skaters recorded 20.4 hits per game last season, while the Jets forced 23.3 hits per matchup.