The rocky Western Canadian road trip comes to an end Thursday night in Vancouver for the Winnipeg Jets. It started in Calgary, where the Jets were rocked 6-3 by the Flames, turned around in Edmonton, where they surprised the Oilers 5-2, and now concludes against the Canucks. This will be the first of 3 games on the season between these Western Conference rivals.
Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets
Moneyline: Jets -130, Canucks +110 Date: Thursday, October 12, 10:00pmET Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
NHL Odds and Betting Analysis
The Jets are 6-1 against the Canucks in their last 7 games (head to head), including a 2-1 record in Vancouver over that time. In those 6 victories, the Jets they have outscored the Canucks 22-9, including a shutout. Home ice has not been an advantage for the Canucks over the last season, they are 1-0-1 this season, but are 5-16 in their last 21 games.
The Canucks surprised the Oilers on Saturday night, edging Edmonton 3-2, but lost by that same score in a shootout to the visiting Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Expectations are not high for this west coast team but don’t tell that to new Head Coach Travis Green. Green has got contributions both young and old in his lineup from Bo Horvat and Henrik Sedin, who leads the team in scoring, each registering 2 points in 2 games. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom has been peppered in the early going, already facing 77 shots (stopping 73) in his first two games. Signs point that he will make his 3rd straight start for the home team Thursday night.
The Jets are 1-2 to start the season, coming off an impressive 5-2 win over the Oilers in Edmonton. Nik Ehlers scored a natural hat trick in the win and was named the game’s 1st star. Ehlers, and linemates Mark Scheifele, and Blake Wheeler combined for 10 points against the Oilers. Speaking of Scheifele, he’s been the hottest Jet this season – scoring a goal in each of Winnipeg’s first three games (3-2-5). Scheifele has also produced on the scoresheet, netting 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games against the Canucks. Mathieu Perreault has also done well against the Canucks, with 1 goal and 6 assists over those same 6 games.
Winnipeg Jets at Vancouver Canucks Prediction
Jets 5 – Canucks 3