At the beginning of the season Winnipeg was among the NHL betting online favorites to contend for the Western Conference title. Indeed, the Jets stepped out last season and emerged as one of the top teams in the NHL. Correspondingly Winnipeg is in a back and forth race with Nashville in the Central Division. Minnesota was tabbed as a likely playoff team at the start of the season. However inconsistent goal scoring has become a threat to their playoff hopes. So too was a December slump that the Wild has tried to dig out from.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild
Date and Time: Thursday, January 10, 2019, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
NHL Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Jets vs. Wild TV Coverage: NBCSN
Minnesota has an NHL betting online record of 20-17-2-1 with 18-19-3 under the total. As a result, the Wild are two points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Late on the Wild have perked up their play with three wins in their last four games. And three of their last five games have gone over the total. Of great concern to head coach Bruce Boudreau is Minnesota’s NHL rank of 16th for goal scoring. The Wild ranks ninth on the power play. Minnesota ranks ninth for goals against and third for penalty killing.
Winnipeg leads the Central Division with a sportsbook record of 25-13-1-1 and 19-16-5 over the total. However, the Jets have cooled off some with three losses in their last four games. Additionally, Winnipeg has gone under the total in four of their last five outings. The Jets rank eighth in the NHL for goal scoring and second for the power play. Counter to that are rankings of 12th for goals against and 11th for the penalty kill.
Stats to Consider
Late on Winnipeg has been an excellent betting value on the road. The Jets have paid in eight of their last ten on enemy ice. And just four of their last 12 away games have gone under the total. Balanced against that have been the struggles of Minnesota at Excel Energy Center. The Wild have gotten the money in only two of their last eight home games. Five of their last six at home went under the total.
Team vs. Team
Head to head Minnesota has won the last two meetings. But Winnipeg won eight of the ten matchups with the Wild before that. Just one of the last seven games between the Jets and Minnesota have gone over the total. Additionally, the Wild have had the edge over Winnipeg at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota has won five of their last seven home games with the Jets. Just one of the last five in this series at St. Paul have gone over the total.
Matchup to Watch
Winnipeg is missing top defenseman Dustin Byfuglien who is out with a lower body issue. Consequently, this gives Minnesota a strong NHL Betting online advantage. As a matter of fact, the Jets slump coincided with Big Buff’s injury. The Wild offense will simply get more opportunities with Byfuglien out.
Jets vs. Wild NHL Betting Online Picks
To conclude the Minnesota Wild get the call for this one!
Jets vs. Wild NHL Betting Online Pick: Minnesota Wild
Jets vs. Wild NHL Betting Online Series Prediction: Wild 3, Jets 2
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