Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game Preview 3/21/19

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T-Mobile Arena will play host to an intriguing matchup as the Winnipeg Jets square off against the Vegas Golden Knights. It’s the third and last time that the two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The opening face-off is at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 21, and fans at home can catch this Western Conference matchup live on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights Odds

Winnipeg is 44-29 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 4.5 units this season. Through 73 regular season outings, 36 of its games have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under and just seven have pushed. The Jets are 20-16 SU on the road in 2018-19.

Winnipeg has converted on 25.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 22nd in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 79.6 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, Winnipeg has been penalized 3.8 times per game in the 2018-19 season, and 4.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 8.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Averaging 29.6 saves per game with a .912 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (31-24-2) has been the top option in goal for Winnipeg this season. Hellebuyck did just play last night, however, so the team might choose to rest him and instead turn to Laurent Brossoit (13-7-2 record, .927 save percentage, 2.42 goals against average).

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele will both lead the way for the visiting Jets. Wheeler has 88 points on 20 goals and 68 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 22 different games. Scheifele has 35 goals and 45 assists to his credit, and has logged a point in 43 games.

On the other bench, Vegas is 41-32 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 35 of its games have gone under the total, while 34 have gone over and just four have pushed. This season, the team is 22-14 SU as the home team.

Vegas has converted on 18.2 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Vegas players have been whistled for penalties only 3.2 times per game this season, 3.2 per game over their past five games total, and 2.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.2 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Marc-Andre Fleury has denied 25.9 shots per game as the top option in goal for Vegas. Fleury has 35 wins, 24 losses, and five OT losses to his credit and has maintained a .914 save percentage and 2.46 goals against average this season.

Mark Stone (32 goals, 38 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Golden Knights.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Golden Knights, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Vegas is 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Winnipeg is 2-1 in shootouts.
  • For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in four of their past five matchups.
  • Winnipeg has managed 29.2 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Vegas is averaging 42.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Vegas has averaged 3.1 goals per game overall this season, but is averaging 5.0 per contest across its three-game winning streak.
  • Over Winnipeg’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
  • The Golden Knights this season have tallied the third-most hits per game in the NHL (27.6), but the team’s averaged 32.4 over their last five games as the home team.