Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Nov 26, 2021

The Minnesota Wild will look to extend their lead atop the Central Division standings when they play host to the Winnipeg Jets Friday afternoon.

Winnipeg
17-15-3-4
AT
November 26, 2021, 3:30 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center
Minnesota
25-10-0-3
Puckline +1.5 -216
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +6

52%

Betting Action

48%

Puckline -1.5 +180
Moneyline -132
Over / Under u +6

52%

Betting Action

48%

American Thanksgiving means an early start for this game, as the Jets and Wild will meet in Minnesota at 3:30 p.m. EST.  The Wild are coming off back-to-back shootout finishes, losing 5-4 in Tampa on Sunday and winning 3-2 in New Jersey on Wednesday.  Winnipeg is starting to spiral and come into this contest riding a four-game losing streak, including a 3-0 shutout loss in Columbus on Wednesday.

Minnesota is a -132 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Jets vs. Wild NHL Betting Odds

These teams have already met once in Minnesota this season, with the Wild taking down Winnipeg 6-5 in overtime.  Sports Interaction bettors, however, are taking the Jets in this one at about a 59 per cent rate.  It’s worth noting though, the Wild have actually won seven of the last nine games between these teams.  The Under is heavily favoured on Friday, with about 86 per cent of action banking on a low scoring game.

The Jets have lost four of their last five games overall and sit at just 2-4-3 on the road this season.  They’re 10-9 against the spread for the year, but they’ve failed to cover in six of nine road contests.  The total has gone Under in eight of Winnipeg’s last nine games.

Minnesota has looked good at home this year, winning five of seven games.  They haven’t been a great cover option, going 8-11 ATS overall and 2-5 ATS at home.  The total has gone Over in six of the Wild’s seven home games this year and eight of their last 11 overall.

Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg’s three-game road trip got off to a rough start with a shutout loss in Columbus on Wednesday for their fourth consecutive loss.  Lack of offensive production has been a key reason for the Jets’ recent struggles.  Kyle Connor leads the team in goals (12) and points (22), but he hasn’t found the back of the net in three straight games.  Pierre-Luc Dubois has shown flashes of potential, but he’s been too inconsistent to be a real game-changer.  Dubois has 16 points (10G, 6A), but only six in the month of November.  Mark Scheifele has struggled heavily this year, recording just seven points (2G, 5A) in 13 games.

Connor Hellebuyck is expected to get the start in net on Friday.  Hellebuyck got off to a slow start this season, but he’s looked better recently.  He has a 6-4-4 record with a 2.54 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.  Hellebuyck made 38 saves on 44 shots in the overtime loss against Minnesota earlier this year.

Minnesota Wild

The Wild have been one of the surprises of the NHL through the first quarter of the season as they lead the Central Division with a three-point cushion over second place St. Louis.  Ryan Hartman and Nico Sturm had the regulation goals in Minnesota’s win on Wednesday, while Kevin Fiala was the only player to score in the shootout.  Kirill Kaprizov had a three-game point streak broken in the win, although he still has seven points in his last four games.  Kaprizov leads the team with 18 points (5G, 13A).  Hartman has 14 for the year, including a team-high 10 goals.  Joel Eriksson Ek has picked up five points in his last five games to bring his season total to 12 (8G, 4A).

Jared Spurgeon will miss Friday’s game with an upper-body injury.  Cam Talbot is expected to get the start in net.  Talbot has been a workhorse this season, going 10-5-0 with a 2.87 GAA and .909 SV.  He stopped 25 of 30 shots against Winnipeg earlier this year.

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