Winnipeg Jets vs. San Jose Sharks Game Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

A couple of teams that are squarely in playoff contention, the Winnipeg Jets and the San Jose Sharks meet at the SAP Center in a Western Conference tilt. NBC Sports California will air the matchup, and the puck drops at 10:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 23.

Winnipeg Jets vs. San Jose Sharks Odds

With a -125 moneyline, San Jose enters the matchup as the favorite. The line for Winnipeg sits at +105, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

Winnipeg is 28-20 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 48 regular season outings, 23 of its games have gone over the total, while another 23 have gone under and just two have pushed. As the road team in 2017-18, the Jets are 11-16 SU.

Winnipeg currently touts the third-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s scored on 25.0 percent of its extra-man chances this season. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it has successfully killed off 82.0 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, Winnipeg has been sent to the penalty box 4.0 times per game overall this season, and 3.2 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Sporting a .926 save percentage and 27.7 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (25-14-6) has been the best option in goal for Winnipeg this season. If Winnipeg chooses to rest him, however, the team might turn to Steve Mason (3-8-1), who has a .897 save percentage and 3.52 goals against average this year.

The visiting Jets have relied on Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine this year. Wheeler (54 points) has tallied 14 goals and 40 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 15 different games. Laine has 21 goals and 17 assists to his credit, and has registered a point in 29 games.

On the other side of the rink, San Jose is 26-20 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 1.6 units this year. Through 46 regular season matches, 29 of its games have gone under the total, while 16 have gone over and just one has pushed. The teams 14-8 SU at home this season.

San Jose has converted on 22.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fourth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 84.2 percent of all penalties.

San Jose players have been sent to the penalty box 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 3.1 per game over their last ten match ups. The team has had to kill penalties just 7.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Martin Jones (25.0 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for San Jose. Jones has 15 wins, 16 losses, and five overtime losses and has maintained a subpar .910 save percentage and 2.68 goals against average this season.

Brent Burns (seven goals, 31 assists) will pace the attack for San Jose.

Winnipeg Jets vs. San Jose Sharks Free Picks

Predictions: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • Two of San Jose’s last ten games have been decided by a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 3-2 overall in shootouts this year.
  • The under has hit in three of San Jose’s last five games.
  • Five of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 4-1 in those games.