The Jets are back from Finland and open up a four-game home stand starting with the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs are coming off a 4-1 loss at home to the Nashville Predators Wednesday night and begin a short two-game road trip that starts in the Manitoba capital.
Avalanche vs Jets Betting Analysis
These two Central division rivals meet for the first time this season in Winnipeg. The home team in this series is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings, so there is a definite advantage for the Jets. In addition, the Avalanche have struggled at the MTS Centre over the last year, as they are 0-5 in Winnipeg over the last five games. Speaking of struggling, the Avs have lost four straight entering this game and are also losers of five of their last six games. Of note, the under has been in play in the last seven games in Winnipeg, as its gone 5-2 in that time.
The Avalanche are off to a good start through the first month of the NHL season with 17 points in the first 15 games, thanks in large part to hottest line in hockey. The trio of Nathan McKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabe Landeskog have been pure gold in the Rocky mountain state. All three players are in the NHL’s top 15 in point production. Rantaneen leads the NHL in scoring (five goals, 19 assists) with McKinnon in second (11 goals, 11 assists). Anytime this group is on the ice, something big is about to happen. They account for 50.94 percent of the goals the entire team has scored this season (53). Goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been the better of the two goaltenders this season, but Head Coach Jared Bednar hasn’t been afraid of using either Varlamov or backup Philipp Grubauer.
The Jets haven’t played a regular season game for a week, so it should be interesting to see how the travel and rust affects the team – especially in the first period against a fast-paced team like Colorado. The Jets split their Global Series with the Panthers, but the biggest positive they can take out of the trip is the resurgence of Patrik Laine. Laine scored four goals in two games in his native land of Finland. Laine did struggle the first month of the season, scoring only three goals in the first 12 games, but now leads the team in goal scoring, with Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele right behind him with six goals each. Captain Blake Wheeler leads the team in scoring with 16 points.
Of note, this game marks the first of a two-game suspension for forward Brendan Lemieux. The NHL player safety department handed down the penalty after Lemieux hit Panthers forward Vincent Trochek with an illegal hit last week. Lemieux’s spot in the lineup will likely be taken by Nic Petan or a call up from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.