Game 1 Jets vs. Flames Prediction: Stanley Cup Qualifier Odds

David Bastl | Thu. Jul 30 2020, 11:07 am

Kyle Connor, Jets, 2020

Kyle Connor and the Jets are slight underdogs (-123) at Sports Interaction in their series against the Flames. Game 1 is set for Saturday night.

Winnipeg
37-28-4-2
AT
August 01, 2020, 10:30 PM ET
Rogers Place
Calgary
36-27-6-1
Puckline +1.5 -240
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +5.5

77%

Betting Action

23%

Puckline -1.5 +200
Moneyline -120
Over / Under u +5.5

77%

Betting Action

23%

Western Canadian teams collide in what promises to be one of the most intriguing qualifying round matchups.

The Jets were the hottest team in the tough Central Division winning four straight games (Sabres, Golden Knights, Coyotes, Oilers) before the Covid-19 shut down. But that doesn’t mean much entering play here in August.

Jets vs. Flames NHL Playoffs Odds

The Jets enter this series on a two-game winning streak against the Flames. Both games were one goal victories. The last contest was at the Outdoor Heritage Classic in Regina with the Jets edging the Flames 2-1.

Had the regular season schedule finished on time, the two teams were scheduled to meet two more times in the month of March.

Both of these teams averaged over 31 shots on goal per game during the regular season so there could be some opportunities on the scoresheet.

Winnipeg Jets

As Connor Hellebuyck goes, so do the Jets. Prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, Hellebuyck was enjoying a Vezina trophy (nominated alongside Tuukka Rask and Andrei Vasilevskiy) type season. His 31 wins was second best in the league, .922 save percentage ranked him sixth, and a goals against of 2.57 was 13th. If Hellebuyck is truly back, the Jets will go far this post season.

It will be interesting to see if Head Coach Paul Maurice keeps Mark Scheifele (29 goals, 44 assists) and Blake Wheeler (22 goals, 43 assists) together to start the qualifying round. The pair are no strangers to one another but did play a significant amount of time on opposite lines this season.

Did you know that defenceman Neil Poink has 25 power-play points this season which ranks him first on the Jets and tied for 12th in the league in that category? Poink’s production has him tied with the likes of Auston Matthews and Nikita Kucherov with the man-advantage.

Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele are the co-favourites at Sports Interaction at +400 to lead all point scorers in this series.

Calgary Flames

The  Flames finished the 70 game regular season tied for 19th averaging 2.9 goals per game Elias Lindholm lead all Flames with 29 goals, while Matthew Tkachuk’s 61 points (23 goals, 38 assists) was tops on the team. However, it is Johnny Gaudreau the favourite among Flames players to lead the series in scoring currently paying +450 at Sports Interaction.

David Rittich started 48 of the Flames 70 games this season (68.6 percent) and will be making his NHL playoff debut on August 1. Cam Talbot was more of an A1 in the Flames net starting 22 games and putting up better stats than Rittich. If Rittich fails early, they won’t hesitate to give Talbot the opportunity.

Defenceman Travis Hamonic was the first NHLers to opt out of the post season. He made the decision due to family considerations. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the summer.

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