The Winnipeg Jets close out a three-game home stand Friday night against division rival Minnesota Wild. The Jets are 3-3 on the season, and will get a significant break after this game (Next game October 26), while the Wild have only played two games in the last twelve nights.
Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets
Moneyline: Date: Friday, October 20, 8:00pmET Location: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
These two teams are no stranger to each other, not only Central division rivals, but also geographical rivals. The Jets and the Wild have split the last eight games head to head, but Minnesota has taken four out of the last five games, with 37 goals being scored (combined) in those games.
This will be the Minnesota Wild’s first game since a 5-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 14. It also marks the first game of three in five nights, and on a larger scale, 21 games in 42 nights. Devan Dubnyk is expected to start in goal for the Wild. Dubnyk is off to a slow start with a 1-1-1 record, with a goals against of 3.71, and a save percentage of .894. Dubynk is 7-7 and 1 lifetime vs. Jets, and he’s received little help in the defensive zone this season, as the Wild are ranked 31st in shots of goal allowed with an average of 36.5.
The Jets saw their modest three game winning streak come to an end Tuesday night, with a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Steve Mason was charged with the loss, his third loss in three games played this year. It wasn’t the start Jets fans expected from Mason when he was signed as a free agent in the off season, with a goals against of 5.96 and a save percentage of .846.
The opposite can be said about Connor Hellebuyck, literally. In three starts this season, he is a perfect 3-0, with a goals against of 2.11 and save percentage of .937. Head Coach Paul Maurice confirmed that Hellebuyck will get the start Friday night. Of note, it looks like Kyle Connor will be sticking around with the Jets, as the club placed Mathieu Perreault (lower body) on injured-reserve list and could miss a month.
Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets Prediction
Wild 3 – Jets 2