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Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets
NHL: Friday, November 8, Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 8:00 PM ET
The Vancouver Canucks are playing well recently, but they suffered the second overtime loss in three games as they fell short to the St. Louis Blues at home. Vancouver now dropped to a 9-3-3 record and in the 3rd position in the Western Conference with 21 points from 15 games.
The Winnipeg Jets returned home from a three-game road trip on which they recorded a couple of victories but failed to make it three in a row as the New Jersey Devils beat them in the shootout. Winnipeg dropped to an 8-7-1 record and is in the 10th place in the West with 17 points after 16 games.
These rivals met three times in 2018-19, and Winnipeg swept the series while the Jets were better in each of the previous eight H2H encounters.
The Canucks fell short to the reigning champions BluesVancouver managed to come from 1-0 behind and force overtime thanks to Quinn Hughes’ goal late in the third period. However, Jaden Schwartz scored a game-winning goal for the St. Louis Blues in overtime and lifted the reigning champions to a 2-1 victory over the Canucks. Elias Pettersson is the 6th best player in the NHL and top Vancouver’s performer with 20 points (G6, A14), while Brock Boeser (G7, A9) and J.T. Miller (G6, A10) are following him on the list. Antoine Roussel (knee) and Tyler Motte (upper body) are injured and will not feature for the Canucks on Friday.
This season, Vancouver has the 6th offense in the NHL that averages 3.47 goals per contest, and they are facing Winnipeg’s 18th defense that allows 3.13 goals per game. The Canucks are the 11th team when it comes to powerplay conversion (21.9%), while Winnipeg is the 28th team in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (70.6%).
Jacob Markstrom is probable to start at the goal for the Canucks, and he is 5-2-3 as he faced 304 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 25 goals (2.45 per game) and recorded 279 saves (.918 SV %) without shutouts. He met the Jets twice in 2018-19 and lost both games, allowing 3.06 goals with .917 SV%.
The Jets didn’t have luck in the shootout against the DevilsWinnipeg tried to secure the third consecutive win for the second time this season, but the New Jersey Devils prevented them from winning with a 2-1 shootout victory. The Jets were 1-0 down before Andrew Copp tied the game with his second year of the season. However, Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine failed to score in the shootout, while Nikita Gusev and Jesper Boqvist scored for the visitors. Mark Scheifele is Winnipeg’s leader in terms of points with 15 (G5, A10), while Nikolaj Ehlers (G7, A7) and Laine (G3, A11) are right behind with 14 apiece. Bryan Little (concussion), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body), Mason Appleton (foot), and Dustin Byfuglien (suspension) are out for the hosts.
Winnipeg has the 24th offense in the NHL in 2019-20 that averages 2.63 goals per contest, and they are facing Vancouver’s 3rd defense that allows 2.33 goals per game. The Jets are the 22nd team when it comes to powerplay conversion (15.4%), while Vancouver is the 3rd in the NHL in penalty kill percentage (88.7%).
Connor Hellebuyck is probable to start at the goal for the Jets, and he is 6-5-1 as he faced 401 shots in the 2019-20 and allowed 28 goals (2.41 per game) and recorded 373 saves (.930 SV %) with one shutout. He met the Canucks twice in 2018-19 and won both games, allowing 2.00 goals with .923 SV%.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Vancouver:
- 2-6 in their last eight vs. the Central Division opponents
- 8-20 in their last 28 Friday games
- 2-5 in their last seven vs. a team with a winning record
- 6-1 in their last seven Friday games
- 13-6 in their last 19 games playing on two days rest
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Vancouver doesn’t have a good record against the Central Division rivals lately, and they obviously don’t like to play on Fridays. Winnipeg, on the other hand, is performing well on Fridays, and they have an excellent H2H record in recent years. The Jets won even 12 of the previous 13 H2H duels, including the last eight, while they were better in each of the past seven meetings at Bell MTS Place. The Canucks are actually playing well on the road this season, and it won’t be easy for the Jets to get a win here. However, I am backing Winnipeg to take two points.
Prediction: Winnipeg Jets (-123)
Full-Game Total Pick
The duels between these two rivals were not high-scoring in the last few years. Seven of the previous ten H2H encounters produced under 5.5 goals, and considering the total is set at 5.5 here; I am going with Under. Winnipeg doesn’t have a very efficient offense, while Vancouver has one of the best defenses in the NHL. The Canucks also had some problems on the offensive end lately as they scored just one goal in two of the last three games. Each of the Jets’ last five home games produced no more than five goals. I don’t expect to see more than five in this one, as well.
Prediction: Under 5.5 (-110)