The Winnipeg Jets at the Xcel Energy Center in Game 3 of the first round of the NHL Playoffs. The first puck drops at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 15, and it will be televised live on USA, RSN, TVA and FSN.
Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild Odds
Winnipeg (-115) is currently the favorite over Minnesota (-105), and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-130 for the under, +110 for the over).
Winnipeg is 54-30 straight up (SU) and has earned 18.9 units for moneyline bettors this season. Through 84 regular season matches, 41 of its games have gone over the total, while another 41 have gone under and just two have pushed. As a road team in 2017-18, the Jets are 20-21 SU.
After producing the fifth-strongest power-play unit in the regular season (scoring on 23.5 percent of all chances), the Jets have connected on 25.0 percent of their extra-man advantages in the early stages of this postseason.
Winnipeg’s offensive attack attempted 32.5 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.4 goals per outing (ranked second overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the club is up to an average of 42.0 shots on goal 3.5 goals per game.
Averaging 27.9 saves per game with a .924 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (46-23-9) has been the best option in goal for Winnipeg this year. If Winnipeg decides to rest him, however, head coach Paul Maurice might turn to Steve Mason (5-8-1 record, .906 save percentage, 3.24 goals against average).
The visiting Jets have relied heavily on Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine this season. Wheeler has 92 points via 23 goals and 69 assists, and has recorded multiple points 25 times. Laine has 46 goals and 27 assists to his nameand has logged at least one point in 52 games.
Minnesota is 45-39 straight up (SU) and has lost 1.4 units for moneyline bettors this year. 41 of its matches have gone over the total, while 39 have gone under and just four have pushed. It’s 27-14 SU at home this season.
Minnesota has converted on 20.4 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.1 percent of all penalties.
Minnesota players have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 4.8 per game over their last five contests. The teams been forced to kill penalties a whopping 14.4 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Devan Dubnyk has denied 27.4 shots per game as the primary choice in goal for Minnesota. Dubnyk has 36 wins, 26 losses, and seven OT losses to his credit and has recorded a .918 save percentage and 2.56 goals against average this season.
Eric Staal (42 goals, 34 assists) will pace the attack for the Wild.
Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild Betting Predictions
Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Under
- The under has hit in three of Minnesota’s last five outings.
- The Jets are 24-10 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 35-19 when they’re in the box for fewer than 10 total penalty minutes.
- Minnesota is ranked 25th in the NHL this season with 5.8 takeaways per game. That figures trended lower lately, however, as the team has created 4.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 3.8 takeaways over its last five.
- Winnipeg has scored 3.6 goals per game (while allowing just 1.8) over their five-game winning streak.
- Winnipeg is ranked 16th with 7.1 takeaways per game. That figure has trended higher, as the team has managed 7.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 8.2 takeaways over its last five.
- Winnipeg may hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The teams an impressive 23-14 in one-goal games, while Minnesota is 12-16 in such games.