The Jets and Avalanche are officially getting ready for the stretch drive to the end of the regular season. Both teams have exactly 23 games left, and both have different agendas. The Jets will look to maintain first place in the Central division, while the Avalanche are trying to squeeze their way into a playoff spot. It should be interesting to see what these two franchises look like after the trade deadline on February 25.
Jets vs Avalanche Betting Analysis
The Avalanche knocked off the Jets in Winnipeg back on February 13 (4-1). That game snapped an eight game skid for the team led by Gabriel Landeskog’s 30th goal of the season. It also stopped a Jets four-game winning streak against the Avalanche.
The Jets have been ice cold against the Avs in Denver as of late, going 0-for-4 in their last four appearances at the Pepsi Center. The home team in this head-to-head series is 21-7 in the last 28 games.
Of note, in the last five meetings in Colorado between these two teams, the under has been in play four out of the five games.
The Jets should be a fresh group entering this game with the Avalanche, considering the three-day break in-between games. Some would say it was a much needed break for a team that is having its share of problems as of late. Perhaps a three-game road trip will help rectify the situation.
The Jets enter this game losers of two straight (5-3-2 in their last 10 games), both to non-playoff teams, as they face the Avalanche for a second time in less than a week.
The team’s power-play was once the most dreaded in the league, ranked first overall just under a month ago. Lately it has been nothing short of dreadful going 0-for-19 in its last seven games, including four games on home ice.
Of note, Centre Adam Lowry has been a very useful player on the Jets roster, playing a regular shift, chipping in with 15 points, and one of the best faceoff men in the league. According to puckbase.com Lowry is ranked third in the NHL with a 57.8 winning percentage at the dot. Only Jason Spezza (Stars) and Claude Giroux (Flyers) have a better percentage. In his last game, Lowry was 12-for-16 versus the Senators.
The Avalanche are coming off a 3-0 shutout win over the Golden Knights on Monday night, their first win on home ice since January 19. Semyon Varlamov was busy in the Colorado net stopping all 40 shots he faced including 15 in the third period. It was his second shutout of the season. He now has a record of 15-15-8 and is expected to make his eighth straight start against the Jets on Wednesday evening.
Andrew Agozzino scored his first career goal and added an assist in the win, and Gabriel Landeskog recorded career point number 400 with an assist on the team’s second goal.
The Avalanche lost nine of the last ten games entering Monday’s contest, but still find themselves in the playoff mix in the Western conference. That last statement is very surprising considering that the team has lost 23 of their last 30 games overall, and has picked up a total of 22 points since December 7.