Bell MTS Place will be the site for a Central Division matchup as the Winnipeg Jets take on the visiting Minnesota Wild. Fox Sports North will air the game, which gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, November 27.
Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds
Minnesota (+115) is entering this one as the underdog to Winnipeg (-135), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting that total stands at -110 for the over and -110 on the under.
Earning 5.0 units for moneyline bettors, the Jets are 14-9 straight up (SU) overall in the 2017-18 season. That win percentage, ranked fifth in the league so far in the early season, is a welcome improvement compared to what the team managed during last years regular season (40-42). Among its 23 games this season, 12 have gone over the total, while 11 have gone under and none have pushed. The teams 7-3 SU at home this season.
Winnipeg’s been able to convert on 23.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for sixth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 21st overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.3 percent of all penalties.
Winnipeg, as a collective unit, has been penalized 4.2 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over its past five contests. The team has had to kill penalties for just 8.3 minutes per game over its last 10 matchups, overall.
With a .929 save percentage and 28.2 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (12-6-2) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Jets this year. If they decide to rest him, however, Winnipeg could roll with Steve Mason (2-6-6 record, .904 save percentage, 3.45 goals against average).
Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele will both spearhead the attack for the Jets. Wheeler (25 points) has tallied five goals and 20 assists and has recorded multiple points seven times this year. Scheifele has 11 goals and 14 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 14 contests.
Minnesota is 11-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.8 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 23 regular season matches, 12 of its games have gone over the total, while nine have gone under and just two have pushed. As an away team, Minnesota is 5-7 SU so far.
Minnesota has converted on 24.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 11th overall and it’s successfully killed off 83.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Minnesota’s skaters have been penalized 3.9 times per game in total this season, and 4.6 per game over their last five on the road. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Devan Dubnyk (28.4 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Minnesota. Dubnyk has nine wins, nine losses, and two OT losses to his credit, and has registered a .911 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average this year.
Eric Staal (eight goals, 13 assists) has been one of the top offensive facilitators for the visiting Wild.
Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets Betting Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under
- The under has hit in three of Winnipeg’s last five games.
- The Jets are 8-5 SU when they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Wild are 5-7 SU in games where they spend more time in the box than their opponent.
- Winnipeg is ranked 18th in the league with 7.2 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower recently, however, as the team has created 6.4 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.0 takeaways over its last five.
- Minnesota has created 5.8 takeaways per game over its last five road games, a drop-off from its season average of 6.6 takeaways per game (ranked 21st overall).
- Winnipeg may hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The teams 5-3 in games decided by one goal, while Minnesota is 4-6 in such games.