If the post season started today, this would be a first round matchup between these two division rivals. The Jets haven’t secured top spot in the Central, but have clinched a playoff spot. The Stars are still in a battle to qualify for the playoffs and know nothing is certain until game 82.
Stars vs Jets Betting Analysis
The Jets magic number to clinch the Central division is eight. Any combination of Jets wins and Predators losses that total eight will give the Jets their first division title.
Head-to-head this season the Stars have had the Jets number winning two of the three games played, but it has also been the only two wins in 11 tries for Dallas when playing Winnipeg. All three games this season have hit the goal total of exactly six. The Stars have struggled in Winnipeg going 0-6 in their last six games.
Of note, the over is 14-2-1 in the last 17 meetings in Winnipeg.
The Stars are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Penguins Saturday night. Now, they begin a four-game road trip starting in Winnipeg (then through the rest of Western Canada) Monday night. Five of their last seven games remaining on their schedule will be on the road; they have a 16-18-3 record on the road this season. The club has lost four of its last five games overall, and are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games.
The team’s MVP this season has been goaltender Ben Bishop. His .932 save percentage leads the NHL, and his six shutouts is second in the league. If the Stars, who currently hold a Wildcard spot in the Western conference, maintain that spot, Bishop will be the major reason it happens.
Of note, Captain Jamie Benn has had his worst offensive season in six years. Through 72 games, the former Art Ross Trophy winner has managed just 52 points.
The Jets appear to be in playoff form coming off one of their best victories of the season against their biggest rival. The Jets scored a 5-0 win over the Predators on Saturday. Connor Hellebuyck recorded his second shutout of the season, and second in his last three games. In those games he’s stopped 80-of-82 shots for a save percentage of .975.
Head Coach Paul Maurice juggled the lines for this game versus the Predators with Kyle Connor playing alongside Kevin Hayes and Patrik Laine. Connor dazzled with three goals and an assist including a highlight reel tally that saw him undress PK Subban and then Pekka Rinne. The trio combined for four goals and five assists in the win.