Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets Game Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Minnesota Wild hope to tie the series up at Bell MTS Place in Game 2 of the postseason’s first round. USA, RSN, TVA2 and FSN will air the matchup, and the opening face-off takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 13.

Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets Odds

Winnipeg (-200) is currently favored over Minnesota (+170) and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-105 for the over, -115 for the under).

Winnipeg is 53-30 straight up (SU) and has earned 17.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked third in the NHL in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 83 games this season, 41 have gone over the total, while 40 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 33-9 SU at home this year.

The Jets have been able to convert on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.

As a team, the Jets have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays for 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, overall.

Sporting a .924 save percentage and 28.1 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (45-23-9) has been the primary option in goal for the Jets this season. If the Jets decide to rest him, however, the team might turn to Steve Mason (5-8-8 record, .906 save percentage, 3.24 goals against average).

Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine will each spearhead the attack for the Jets. Wheeler (92 points) has produced 23 goals and 69 assists and has recorded two or more points on 25 different occasions this year. Laine has 45 goals and 26 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 51 contests.

On the other side of the rink, Minnesota is 45-38 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 83 regular season contests, 41 of its games have gone over the total, while 38 have gone under and just four have pushed. The Wild are 18-24 SU as the road team this season.

The Wild have converted on 20.3 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 13th overall and it’s successfully killed off 81.0 percent of all opponent power plays.

Minnesota’s skaters have been penalized 3.7 times per game this season, 3.4 per game over their last five contests total, and 3.6 per game over their last five on the road. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Devan Dubnyk (27.2 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Minnesota. Dubnyk has 36 wins, 25 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit, while registering a .918 save percentage and 2.53 goals against average this year.

Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Wild will be Eric Staal (42 goals, 34 assists) and Mikael Granlund (21 goals, 47 assists).

Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets Free Picks

NHL Pick: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of Winnipeg’s last five games.
  • Minnesota has managed 26.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg is averaging 36.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Winnipeg is putting up 3.4 goals per game across its five-game win streak.
  • Over Minnesota’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
  • The Jets this season have tallied the 11th-most hits per game (22.5).