Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jan 27, 2022

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has had one of the heaviest workloads in the NHL this season, starting 12 straight games and 33 of 39 overall.

Vancouver
40-30-7-5
AT
January 27, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
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Winnipeg
39-32-7-4
Puckline +1.5 -158
Moneyline +161
Over / Under o +5.5

32%

Betting Action

68%

Puckline -1.5 +132
Moneyline -193
Over / Under u +5.5

32%

Betting Action

68%

We’re headed to Western Canada on Thursday night as the Winnipeg Jets prepare to host the Vancouver Canucks, with both teams looking to get back in the win column.  The Jets are on a five-game skid, including a 5-3 home loss against Florida on Tuesday.  Vancouver also lost at home on Tuesday, falling 3-2 in overtime against Edmonton for their third straight L.

Winnipeg is a -172 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Canucks vs. Jets NHL Betting Odds

These teams have already met twice in Vancouver this season.  The Canucks took both games, winning 3-2 in regulation on Nov. 19 and 4-3 in a shootout on Dec. 10.  About 72 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are on the Jets for this game, while 82 per cent of action is taking the Over.  The total has gone Under in eight of the last nine games played between the Jets and Canucks in Winnipeg.

The new calendar year hasn’t done much to change Vancouver’s fortunes, as they’ve dropped six of nine games this month.  They’re 23-19 against the spread for the season, including 13-10 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Under in five of the Canucks’ last six games.

Riding a five-game losing streak, the Jets have managed just three wins in nine games this month.  They’re 22-17 ATS overall, with covers in 10 of 18 home games.  The total has gone Over in Winnipeg’s last seven home games and 12 of their last 17 overall.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks managed to salvage a single point against Edmonton, but they looked far from dominant in the game.  Vancouver blew a 2-0 lead they held until the third period, eventually being outshot 50-27 in the game.  Elias Pettersson and Tyler Motte had the goals for the Canucks.  J.T. Miller, who leads the team with 40 points (12G, 28A) in 40 games, picked up Vancouver’s lone assist on the night.  Captain Bo Horvat, who has a team-high 13 goals, missed his fourth straight game in COVID protocols and likely won’t return to the lineup until Saturday at the earliest.

Spencer Martin, making just his second career NHL start, looked strong against Edmonton, finishing with 47 saves.  Vancouver was forced to start Martin because No. 1 goalie Thatcher Demko and backup Jaroslav Halak were both in COVID protocols.  Demko will not play in Winnipeg, but Halak has rejoined the team and will suit up along with Martin.  It’s unclear who the starter will be, but if Halak is back in game-shape he will likely get the nod.  Halak has a 1-4-2 record this season, with a 2.59 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.  Martin has stopped 80 of 84 shots in his two NHL starts.

Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg’s return to Canada Life Centre for their first home game since Dec. 19 ended in a fifth straight loss as the Jets continue to fall further out of the playoff picture.  Paul Stastny, Kyle Connor and Piere-Luc Dubois had the goals for Winnipeg, while rookie Cole Perfetti recorded the first two assists of his NHL career.  Connor leads the team in both goals (23) and points (42).  Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves in his 12th straight start on Tuesday.  Defenceman Josh Morrissey was placed in COVID protocols just prior to the game.  That’s a big blow to this roster as Morrissey was averaging 25 minutes of ice time over his last five games.

It’s tough to say how long Winnipeg plans to ride Hellebuyck, who has started 33 of 39 games this season.  Hellebuyck has a 14-13-6 record, with 2.87 GAA and .911 SV.  He’s 11-3 in his career against Vancouver, with a 1.51 GAA, .949 SV and four shutouts.  Backup Eric Comrie is 3-2-1 this year, with a 2.53 GAA and .914 SV.  He started and lost both previous games against Vancouver this year.

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