Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Winnipeg Jets Prediction, NHL Odds

Liam Gilks | Updated Feb 10, 2024

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins

The Winnipeg Jets will look to snap a season-high five-game skid Saturday night when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh
24-21-6-2
AT
February 10, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg
34-15-4-1
Puckline +1.5 -190
Moneyline +125
Over / Under o +5.5
Puckline -1.5 +155
Moneyline -155
Over / Under u +5.5

After losing three in a row before their 10-day break, Winnipeg came back with back-to-back losses on a mini two-game road trip. They will be looking for revenge against a Penguins team that beat them just a few days ago.

Playing the second half of a back-to-back, Pittsburgh is trying to get back in the win column. They have looked much better since their break but still need to get the offence rolling. The puck drop will drop at 7 p.m. ET at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg and our NHL odds have the Jets as -160 favourites to win. The OVER/UNDER is set at 5.5 goals.

Penguins vs. Jets NHL Betting Odds

The Pens and Jets will wrap up their season series on Saturday, meeting for the second time this week. Tristan Jarry made 23 saves and the Penguins took down the Jets 3-0 on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Goals from Kris Letang, Jeff Carter and Bryan Rust helped the Penguins win for the seventh time in the past 10 meetings against Winnipeg.

Pittsburgh has been a solid defensive squad all season, boasting the sixth-best goals-against average in the league at 2.65 per game. They look like they would have a dangerous offence on paper, but that has been their weakness this year. They have scored no more than three goals in each of their last nine games and have played OVER just 16 times all year.

The Jets are the only squad to play the OVER fewer times than the Pens this season at 15. All of their past 10 games have played the UNDER and their offence has been horrible during this five-game slide. Despite having the best record against the spread this season at 30-19, they have covered only three times in the past 10 games.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins legend Marc-Andre Fleury shut down his former team on Friday, stopping 34 of 36 shots to help his Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win. Pittsburgh controlled most of the game but could not muster more than a pair of goals in what was possibly Fleury’s last game against his former squad.

The Wild were ahead 1-0 after the first period before Reilly Smith (9) would tie it early in the second. Minnesota added another before the end of the second and Sidney Crosby’s 28th goal of the season tied it again for the Pens. After a controversial goal from the Wild in the third, the Penguins failed to push it to overtime with the net empty.

Alex Nedeljkovic got the start in the first half of the back-to-back, stopping 27 of 30 shots on Friday. Tristan Jarry will be back in goal for the Penguins on Saturday.

With rumours swirling around a few of the Penguins a month before the deadline, the team needs to figure out if they are going to be in or out of the playoffs. The Metropolitan Division has three teams just outside of a wild card spot, hoping to squeeze in.

Winnipeg Jets

It was another disappointing outing for the Jets Thursday night in Philadelphia as the team took a 4-1 loss, extending the losing streak to five straight games. Kyle Connor’s 19th of the season was the lone goal for the Jets in this one, as the loss has slid them to third in the Central Division.

The offence has been abysmal for Winnipeg during their five-game skid, scoring more than one goal just once in the stretch, which includes being shutout twice. When Mark Scheifele gets back up to speed from his injury and Sean Monahan gets settled with his new team, the offence should get a much-needed spark.

Jets D-man Brenden Dillon was suspended for three games in their last matchup with the Penguins, so he will be out again on Saturday for the second straight game.

The Jets have tons of room to breathe in the standings but are playing their worst hockey of the season thus far. They are bound to turn the slump around at any time and back-to-back home games versus teams outside the playoffs could provide a confidence boost.

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