wo of the leagues best at converting on the power play, the Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets face off at Bell MTS Place for a Western Conference showdown. The matchup will get going at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 21, and fans at home can catch it live on RSN.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds
innipeg is 27-20 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 5.2 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked 3rd in the Central Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Of its 47 games this season, 23 have gone over the total, while 21 have gone under and just two have pushed. The teams 16-4 SU at home this season.
he Jets enter the matchup with the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they have converted on 25.3 percent of their extra-man advantages this season. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 15th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all penalties.
s a collective unit, the Jets have been penalized 4.0 times per game overall this season, and 3.3 per game over their past ten matchups. The teams had to kill penalties for just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings, in total.
oasting a .924 save percentage and 27.7 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (24 wins, 14 losses, and six OT losses) has been the best option in goal for the Jets this season. Hellebuyck did just play last night, however, so the team could opt to give him the evening off and instead turn to Steve Mason (3-8-8 record, .897 save percentage, 3.52 goals against average).
lake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele will each look to continue their strong seasons for the Jets. Wheeler (53 points) has put up 14 goals and 39 assists and has recorded two or more points 15 times this year. Scheifele has 15 goals and 23 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 21 games.
n the other side of the rink, Vancouver is 18-28 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. A total of 25 of its contests have gone over the total, while 20 have gone under and none have pushed. As a road team so far, the Canucks are 11-13 SU.
he Canucks have converted on 21.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for sixth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 27th overall and it’s successfully killed off 77.6 percent of all opponent power plays.
ancouver’s players have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five on the road. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
acob Markstrom (.908 save percentage and 2.76 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Vancouver. Markstrom is averaging 26.3 saves per game and has 12 wins, 22 losses, and five OT losses to his credit.
rock Boeser (22 goals, 19 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the visiting Canucks.
Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets Free Picks
redictions: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under
- Vancouver is 0-3 in games decided by a shootout this season while Winnipeg is 2-1 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in three of Winnipeg’s last five games.
- Vancouver has managed 31.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg has been attempting 36.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
- Seven of Vancouver’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-5 in those games.