Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets Matchup Preview

The Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild face off at Bell MTS Place in Game 1 of the NHL playoffs’s opening round. The match will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 11 and it will air live on CNBC, RSN, TVA2 and FSN.

Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds

With a -180 moneyline, Winnipeg comes into the game as the substantial favorite. The line for Minnesota sits at +160, and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-120 money on the over, +100 on the under).

Winnipeg is 52-30 straight up (SU) and has netted 16.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. That winning percentage, ranked third in the league in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 82 games this season, 41 have gone over the total, while 39 have gone under and just two have pushed. This season, the team’s 32-9 SU at home.

The Jets have connected on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.

The Jets, as a collective unit, have been penalized 3.9 times per game overall this season, and 4.6 per game over their last five contests. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays for just 7.4 minutes per game over their last five home outings.

Averaging 28.2 saves per game with a .924 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (44-23-9) has been the top option in goal for Winnipeg this year. If Winnipeg chooses to give him a breather, however, head coach Paul Maurice might roll with Steve Mason (5-8-8 record, .906 save percentage, 3.24 goals against average).

Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Jets. Wheeler (91 points) has tallied 23 goals and 68 assists and has recorded multiple points on 25 different occasions this year. Laine has 44 goals and 26 assists to his credit and has notched a point in 50 games.

On the other side of the rink, Minnesota is 45-37 straight up (SU) and has earned 0.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 82 regular season matches, 41 of its games have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under and just four have pushed. The Wild are 18-23 SU as a road team this season.

The Wild have converted on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities 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 81.2 percent of all penalties.

Minnesota’s skaters have been whistled for penalties 3.8 times per game this season, 3.6 per game over their past five outings total, and 4.2 per game over their last five road outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Devan Dubnyk (2.52 goals against average and .918 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Minnesota. Dubnyk is averaging 27.1 saves per game and has 36 wins, 24 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit.

Eric Staal (42 goals, 34 assists) will pace the offensive counter for the visiting Wild.

Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets Free Picks

Prediction: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in three of Winnipeg’s last five outings.
  • Minnesota has managed 27.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg is averaging 37.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Winnipeg has scored 4.0 goals per game and allowed just 2.4 in its past five games (the team’s a perfect 1-0 SU during that 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 12th-most hits per game (22.3).