Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Rangers Prediction, NHL Odds

David Bastl | Updated Oct 01, 2019

Patrik Laine & Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets, 2018

The good news for the Jets is both Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor are under contract and both are expected to play against the Rangers. Laine checks in at +2500 to win the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer.

Winnipeg
37-28-4-2
AT
October 03, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
37-28-3-2
Puckline +1.5 -256
Moneyline -103
Over / Under o +6

70%

Betting Action

30%

Puckline -1.5 +212
Moneyline -117
Over / Under u +6

70%

Betting Action

30%

It might be the first game of the season for both of these teams, but it’s a marquee game for both parties involved, especially from a Rangers point of view.

In the off season the Jets traded disgruntled defenceman Jacob Trouba to the Rangers after not being able to sign him to a long-term deal. Also, at the trade deal, the Jets traded forward Brendan Lemieux to the Blueshirts in the Kevin Hayes deal.

Both Trouba and Lemieux will face their former team in the first game of the season.

Jets vs Rangers Betting Analysis

The Jets enter this game with the Rangers on a three-game winning streak against them, including sweeping (2-0) the season series last year. Both games last season were one-point victories for the Jets.

Over the last five games at MSG, the Jets are an impressive 4-1, outscoring the Rangers 12-4 in the four wins.

Likely starter Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in 15 games against the Winnipeg Jets in his career. He has a recorded of 7-8 (3-5 on home ice) and enters this game with the Jets on a three-game losing streak against them.

Winnipeg Jets

The big news this off season was how many players left the team, as well as and the club having a hard time signing two key restricted free agents in Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor. The good news is both Laine and Connor are under contract and both are expected to play against the Rangers. It will be interesting to see how well they do considering both missed training camp. Laine checks in at +2500 to win the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer.

This year’s version of the Jets could be missing a total of (potentially) six regulars from last season including Trouba, Tyler Myers, Ben Chiarot

Most of the core is still in place – Captain Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, newly extended Josh Morrissey and starter Connor Hellebuyck. Questions remain if Dustin Byfuglien will return to the hockey club after leaving at the start of training camp.

There will be plenty of opportunities for players like Andrew Copp, Adam Lowry, Sami Niku, and Jack Roslovic to much an impact this season.

New York Rangers

The Rangers were busy this off season picking up a number of key players that will strengthen the core but none bigger than the free agent signing of Artemi Panarin. The 27-year-old left wing is expected to team up with center Mika Zibanejad on the top line to give the Blueshirts a powerful 1-2 scoring punch. Panarin had a career-best 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 79 games with the Blue Jackets last season.

The Rangers used the second overall pick to select Kaapo Kakko in this spring’s draft. Kakko iced 38 points in 45 games last year with TPS Finland. He is one of the favourites at Sports Interaction, paying +202 to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie.

The team added former Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba in the offseason. Last season Trouba set personal highs in points with 50 in 82 games. He’ll be an anchor on the Rangers power-play this season. Trouba is a +3300 longshot to win the Norris Trophy.

Could this be the swan song for future hall of famer Henrik Lundqvist? The 37-year old enters his 15th year in the NHL, and is likely to split the season duties with Alexandar Georgiev.

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