Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers Betting Preview

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Two teams riding winning streaks, the Winnipeg Jets and the New York Rangers collide at Madison Square Garden for an East-West showdown. The match will get going at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 6, and you can see the game live on MSG Plus 2.

Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers Odds

Winnipeg (+125) is playing the role of underdog to Winnipeg (-145) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at an even 6 goals (-120 to bet the over, +100 for the under).

Winnipeg is 39-26 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 8.8 units this season. 34 of its outings have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Jets are 15-17 SU on the road in 2017-18.

Winnipeg currently has the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s scored on 24.7 percent of its extra-man chances this year. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it has successfully killed off 82.4 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Jets have been called for penalties 3.9 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, and 3.2 per game over its last five contests. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Averaging 27.7 saves per game with a .922 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (34-20-8) has been the best option in goal for Winnipeg this year. If head coach Paul Maurice decides to rest him, however, Winnipeg might turn to Steve Mason (3-8-1 record, .897 save percentage, 3.52 goals against average).

Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine will both lead the way for the visiting Jets. Wheeler has 74 points on 18 goals and 56 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 21 different games. Laine has 35 goals and 23 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 41 games).

On the other bench, New York is 30-36 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 66 regular season matches, 34 of its games have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under and just two have pushed. This season, the team is 18-16 SU as the home team.

The Rangers have converted on just 20.7 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all penalties.

Rangers players have been whistled for penalties 3.5 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their past ten match ups. The team’s had to kill penalties just 6.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Henrik Lundqvist has stopped 29.1 shots per game as the primary option in goal for the Rangers. Lundqvist has 25 wins, 30 losses, and five OT losses to his name and has recorded a .916 save percentage and 2.89 goals against average this season.

The home team will be led on offense by Vladislav Namestnikov (21 goals, 25 assists).

Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Rangers Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Rangers, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • Winnipeg is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 3-4 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone under in four of New York’s last five outings.
  • Winnipeg has managed 24.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while New York is averaging 31.8 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • New York has averaged 2.9 goals per game overall this year, but is averaging 4.0 per contest over its three-game win streak.
  • Five of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-1 in those games.