Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets Matchup Preview

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The Winnipeg Jets and the Vegas Golden Knights collide at Bell MTS Place in a Western Conference tilt. It’s their second head-to-head matchup of the regular season. The opening face-off is at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, December 1, and you can see it live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds

Winnipeg (-185) is currently the favorite over Vegas (+160) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -105 money on the over and -115 for the under. Winnipeg is 15-10 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 4.8 units this year. That winning percentage, ranked 2nd in the Central Division in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from the 2016-17 season campaign. Through 25 regular season contests, 13 of the teams games have gone over the total, while 12 have gone under and none have pushed. The teams 8-3 SU at home this year. The Jets have converted on 23.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 23rd overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 77.5 percent of all penalties. As a collective unit, the Jets have been penalized 4.3 times per game overall this season, and 5.0 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for 12.2 minutes per game over their last five home outings. Averaging 27.4 saves per game with a .926 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (13-7-3) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Jets this season. If the Jets, however, choose to rest him, head coach Paul Maurice may turn to Steve Mason (2-6-6 record, .904 save percentage, 3.45 goals against average). Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler will each lead the offensive attack for the Jets. Scheifele (29 points) has put up 12 goals and 17 assists and has recorded multiple points in eight different games this year. Wheeler has six goals and 22 assists to his credit and has recorded at least one point in 13 games. On the other side of the rink, Vegas is 15-9 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 10.5 units this year. Through 24 regular season outings, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and just two have pushed. The Golden Knights are 6-7 SU as the road team this season. The Golden Knights have converted on 20.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 15th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.3 percent of all opponent power plays. Vegas players have been penalized only 3.5 times per game this season, 3.6 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.6 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings. Maxime Lagace (22.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Vegas. Lagace has six wins, six losses, and one OT loss to his credit, and has registered a .870 save percentage and 3.66 goals against average this year. William Karlsson (13 goals, 10 assists) and Jonathan Marchessault (nine goals, 13 assists) have been standout playmakers for Vegas and will pace the attack for the visiting Golden Knights.

Vegas Golden Knights at Winnipeg Jets Betting Predictions

Predictions: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Over

etting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Winnipeg’s last five outings.
  • Over Vegas last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-3 in those games).