GAMEDAY: Winnipeg Jets vs Colorado Avalanche

The Winnipeg Jets look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with seven goals, Blake Wheeler has 14 assists and Kyle Connor has 38 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 33 goals on 354 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed five goals on 116 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.

The Avalanche are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 21-56 in their last 77 road games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Jets are 7-0 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 48-16 in their last 64 home games and 35-16 in their last 51 vs. a team with a losing record. The Avalanche are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Winnipeg, the home team is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The Colorado Avalanche are falling apart rather quickly due to poor defense, and theyve been downright awful on the road dating back to last season. The Winnipeg Jets are actually playing some decent hockey at the moment and are well rested for this contest on their home ice. Not to mention the home team has owned this series over the years. Ill side with the Jets based on everything leaning toward them in this contest.

National Hockey League action on Friday evening and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the Colorado Avalanche rumble with the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Avs enter this game off a 4-1 loss to the Predators at home, while the Jets are off a 4-2 loss to the Panthers in Finland. These teams split the four meetings last year. The Avs Are Reeling The Colorado Avalanche had a decent start to their year as they were 6-3 after their first nine games, but things have been rough for them since as they have lost their last four games in a row and five of their previous six. The Avs have allowed 23 goals over their last five games, after giving up just 20 goals over their first ten games. It doesn’t take a math major to know that those are not good numbers. They enter this game off a 4-1 home loss to the Predators and scoring their lone goal in the game was Matt Calvert, which was his 1st of the year. The offense didnt show up after hanging up 11 goals in their previous two games.

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Taking the loss against the Preds was Semyon Varlamov, who allowed three goals on 33 shot attempts to fall to 4-6 with a 2.21 GAA and a .934 save percentage on the year, while out on the road he has gone 2-3 with a 2.40 GAA and a .932 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 12-11 with a 2.57 GAA against the Jets. The Avs come in ranked 4th in the league in scoring at 3.53 GAA and 6th in power play conversions at 26.4%. On defense, they are 12th in goals allowed at 2.87 gpg and 6th in penalty kill at 84.1%. Jets Split A Pair With The Panthers In Finland The Winnipeg had a two-game set with the Florida Panthers over in Helsinki, Finland last week and they split the pair of games. Winnipeg took the first game by a score of 4-2 but fell in game two by the same 4-2 score. They have now gone 2-3 over their last five games to drop to seven points out of first in the Central Division. It has not been the start that they were hoping for, but this is still a dangerous team that will be in the postseason at the end of the year. Scoring in the loss to the Panthers was Nikolaj Ehlers, which was his 2nd of the year and Patrik Laine, which was his 7th of the young season.   

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Absorbing the loss against the Panthers was Connor Hellebuyck, who allowed four goals on 26 shot attempts to fall to 5-6 with a 3.01 GAA and a .907 save percentage on the year, while here at home he has gone 3-3 with a 3.17 GAA and a .893 save percentage. In his career, he has gone 4-3 with a 1.56 GAA, and a .943 save percentage against the Avalanche. The Jets come in ranked 22nd in the league in scoring at 2.93 gpg and 2nd in power play conversions at 33.3%. On defense, they are 10th in goals allowed at 2.71 gpg and 19th in p[enalty kill at 78.4%. Notable Trends Winnipeg is:

I like the Jets in this one. They are well rested after playing in Finland last week, and the Avs come in reeling as they have lost their previous four games in a row. Connor Hellebuyck has struggled so far, but he does have a 1.56 GAA in his career against the Avs and Colorado has lost their last five trips to Winnipeg, plus we note that the home team is 19-7 the previous 26 games in this series. Take the Jets in this one.

I look for this game to go Under the total. The Jets have not been as explosive as they were last year and I will look for that to continue in this one. Varlamov has a 2.40 GAA on the road and a 2.57 GA in his carer against the Jets. Hellebuyck has a 1.56 GAA in his carer against the Avs and will shut them down in this one. The Under is 19-6-1 in Winnipegs last 26 after scoring two goals or less in their previous game and 7-2-1 in Colorados last ten following a loss of 3 or more goals.

The Jets are anxious to get back on the ice after a trip to Finland, and they should get off to a nice start in this one. The Avs have lost their last four games in a row and are not playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. Take the Jets early on in this one.

I like the Under for this game, but I can see at least two goals being scored in the first period. Jet home games have averaged 2.01 gpg in the first period this year, and while Colorados road games have been low scoring in the first, I dont see that continuing here.