Chicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 01, 2023

The Connor Bedard hype train makes its first-ever stop in Winnipeg on Saturday for a rare matinee game.

Chicago
15-38-2-1
AT
December 02, 2023, 3:00 PM ET
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg
34-15-4-1
Puckline +1.5 +100
Moneyline +240
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 -120
Moneyline -300
Over / Under u +6

The rookie sensation and the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Jets, who are massive -270 favourites on the NHL odds.

Blackhawks vs. Jets NHL Betting Odds

Even though the Blackhawks are one of the worst teams in the NHL again this season, it figures to be a bit tougher ticket than usual at Canada Life Centre because rookie star Connor Bedard makes one of two trips to Winnipeg this season with the other on Jan. 11, and a lot of things can happen between now and then.

This is the first of four meetings overall between the Central Division rivals. Last season, the Jets were a playoff team and Chicago one of the NHL’s worst, so not a huge surprise that Winnipeg dominated in the four-game series, winning each by multiple goals. Josh Morrissey (2G, 7A) led the Jets with nine points and was a whopping plus-8, while Kyle Connor (1G, 5A) and Blake Wheeler (3G, 3A) had six points each. Connor Hellebuyck started three of the four and had a 1.00 goals-against average and .966 save per centage. Can’t get much better than that.

The Blackhawks were in the news for the wrong reasons this week as they released veteran Corey Perry, a former Hart Trophy winner with Anaheim and Stanley Cup champion with Tampa Bay. Chicago is so young that it wanted to add some veterans like Perry for Bedard and others to learn from this offseason. There are some salacious rumours about what led to the abrupt decision by the team for this move and all GM Kyle Davidson would say is “unacceptable conduct.” Upon being asked if the incident itself was criminal or could potentially become criminal, Davidson said: “It was a workplace matter.”

Perry, a Peterborough native, is still a solid player who four goals and five assists in 16 games. He has apologized to the team and cleared waivers. Once Perry gets his personal life in order, some contenders no doubt will chase him.

The favourite is 5-0 in the past five meetings.

Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago is such a young team that it will have nights where it will surprise a good team but still mostly wildly inconsistent on the negative side. The Hawks played one of their best games of November on Tuesday in beating visiting Seattle but then were dominated 5-1 in Detroit on Thursday. Lukas Reichel had the lone goal, his second of the season. Bedard had a helper and has a team-best 18 points (10G, 8A) but is minus-14. Has he been the dynamo out of the gate some unfairly expected? No, but good and the North Vancouver native won’t be 19 until next July. Truly look out next season. Former Maple Leaf Petr Mrazek has started the past two in net, so it might be Arvid Soderblom’s turn even though he has struggled to a 2-7-0 record with a 3.78 GAA and .882 save per centage. The Hawks have a ton of guys out injured and with the Corey Perry situation mentioned above were really in need of forwards. Earlier this week, they acquired Anthony Beauvillier from Vancouver for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. Beauvillier had some visa issues so wasn’t able to play in Detroit but could Saturday. The 26-year-old has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 22 games this season. Promising player but also an unrestricted free agent this summer, so that’s why the Canucks gave him up relatively cheap (and to clear cap space). Chicago is 8-26 in its past 34 following a loss of at least three goals. 

Winnipeg Jets

If I told you that Winnipeg has allowed three goals or fewer in three straight games, you probably would think at least two wins if not a sweep. Alas, the Jets enter having lost them all as they totaled only three goals. Connor Hellebuyck stood on his head much of Thursday night but couldn’t hold a 1-0 third-period lead against Edmonton in a 3-1 home loss. Leon Draisaitl broke a 1-1 tie at 17:47 and then an empty netter. Cole Perfetti had the lone Jets goal, his eighth of the season. That already has tied a career high. Winnipeg has now held its opponents to three goals or fewer in 12 straight games, which is why this losing streak is such a shame. One glaring issue vs. Edmonton: The Oilers won 71 per cent of the draws. After a six-week absence due to a sprained MCL, Gabriel Vilardi made his return to the Jets lineup on the fourth line with Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and Morgan Barron. 

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