The Jets are coming off consecutive wins in back-to-back games for the first time in more than three weeks. But, if they are going to make it three in a row, they’ll have to do it against the league’s best team, with not only the best home ice record, but the only NHL team with 100 plus points this year.
Jets vs Lightning Betting Analysis
This will be the second game of the regular season between these two teams. Back on December 16, the two teams played a playoff style game with the Jets scoring a 5-4 win.
These former Southeast division rivals have had a good history against each other in the past. However, in the last five years, the Lightning have won six out of the 11 games head-to-head.
The Jets are 5-11 in the last 16 games in Tampa Bay, but the underdog is 4-1 in the last five games played in the series.
Of note, the over has been significant, going 5-2 in the last seven games. Both of these teams are ranked in the top 10 overall in NHL goal scoring.
The Jets enter this game with the Lightning on a modest two-game winning streak with victories over the Predators (Friday) and most recently the Blue Jackets (Sunday). In those two wins, they have scored a total of 10 goals, which is above their average of 3.38 goals per game (ranked sixth in the NHL).
On Sunday, Blake Wheeler netted a four goal game in a 5-2 win. He is the team’s road scoring leader with 34 points this season. Patrik Laine leads the Jets in road goal scoring with 19. Speaking of Wheeler, he is currently riding a six-game point scoring streak with five goals and seven assists. While, Kyle Connor has six points in his last six games.
History tells us the Jets have played well in the months of March/April of the regular season. Since the team relocated to Winnipeg they are 76-51-15. On Tuesday they will be looking for their first back-to-back road wins of the 2019 calendar season.
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 14-5-2 during the regular season in the months of March and April.
Also, Mark Scheifele leads all Jets in scoring against the Eastern conference with 16 goals and 16 assists in 26 games.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are the cream of the crop as far as this 2018-19 season has gone. Recently, they tied an NHL record with their 50th win in 66 games (tied the 1995-96 Red Wings). Overall, they are now 50-12-4 and have a home ice record of 27-5-2, which is also the best in the NHL.
The team is coming off a 5-1 win over the Senators, with four out of the five goals coming from defenceman. Nikita Kucherov had his 31st multi-point game, which included his 75th assist becoming the first NHL player since Henrik Sedin (2010-11) to record at least that many in a season. His 106 points puts him first in the NHL in scoring with a 12 point lead over second place Patrick Kane (96).
This team is the complete package, leading the league in average goals per game (3.82), first in shooting percentage (11.9 percent), and also first in power-play efficiency (28.9 percent). The Jets penalty kill unit, ranked 22nd (78.8 percent) will have their hands full on Tuesday evening.
Interesting enough, veterans Ryan Callahan and Anton Stralman were healthy scratches versus the Ottawa Senators. A sign of the depth this organization has as they two veteran combine for just under 1500 career NHL games.