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Jets Lose Three Of FourThe upcoming three-date road trip of the Winnipeg Jets (25-19-4) starts on the back of a 7-1 mauling by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who presented the team from Manitoba with its third defeat in the past four contests (1-3-0). The Jets have still split their past six fixtures (3-3-0) after posting just one victory in six matchups prior (1-3-2). They are sitting 4th in the Central Division with 54 points from 48 fixtures, having recorded a 14-8-2 tally on the road. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists), while Kyle Connor (47 points) has banked the most strikes (24).
Goalie Connor Hellebuyck has made 40 appearances (38 starts) so far this season, taking his current performance total to 21-14-4 for the rolling year with a 2.67 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He has registered a 9-5-0 past record against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 2.44 GAA and a .921 save percentage. The Jets, meanwhile, are netting the 14th lowest number of goals per game (2.98), while conceding the 16th highest amount defensively (3.04). They are 11th in power play (20.9%) and 28th in penalty kill (74.4%).
‘Hawks Win Four In RowThe Chicago Blackhawks (23-20-6) rounded off their latest Canadien road trip with a perfect 3-0-0 record after recording their fourth consecutive win by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs with a score of 6-2. Prior to the winning run, the ‘Hawks had won just one of their previous four outings (1-3-0), but are still 8-3-0 in their last 11 matchups. The team is 5th in the Central Division with 52 points from 49 games and boasts an 11-11-3 domestic total. Patrick Kane leads the side with 24 snipes and 61 points.
Goalie Robin Lehner, who is set to start versus Winnipeg, has made 25 starts with two extra appearances in relief this year, going 14-7-4 for the ongoing campaign with a 2.85 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He is 5-0-1 against the Winnipeg Jets historically with a 2.52 GAA and a .928 save percentage. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, are scoring the 13th lowest amount of goals per game (2.96), while giving up the 14th highest quantity in their defensive zone (3.08). They are 27th in power play (15.5%) and 6th in penalty kill (82.5%).
Chicago (according to Covers.com)
- Blackhawks are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Blackhawks are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Winnipeg (according to Covers.com)
- Jets are 0-5 in their last 5 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Jets are 2-7 in their last 9 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
After being thrashed with a count of 7-1 by the Tampa Bay Lightning in their previous fixture, thus dropping their third decision in the last four outings, the Jets will have their eyes on turning things right when visiting Chicago, where they have already banked victories on their very last three trips. The Blackhawks, though, have something special going on at the moment, riding a four-game winning streak. Chicago’s overall game is much more rounded than the inconsistent play of Winnipeg, which has already lost seven of its last nine games following a domestic defeat by a margin of at least three markers. Pick the hosts!
Prediction: Chicago Blackhawks (-120)
Full-Game Total Pick
Six of the last nine head-to-head matchups between Chicago and Winnipeg have delivered at least seven strikes on the scoresheet. So, another high-scoring game is definitely on the cards here! Seven of the past nine contests of the Jets, when their opponent allows no more than two snipes in their previous game, have all gone past the set goal-mark, while five of the last six matchups of the Blackhawks as a home favorite have all delivered when it comes to markers.
Prediction: Over 6