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Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights
NHL: Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 10:00 PM EST
After losing two in a row the Jets have rebounded to recently win three straight. Winnipeg has the most points in the Central Division, and 3rd most points in the Western Conference, but the Nashville Predators are right on their heels. The Jets have been solid on both sides of the ice on the season and are led by an offense that ranks 6th in the league in goals per game.
The Golden Knights have won three in a row and they have been one of the hotter teams in the league in the last few weeks winning nine of their last 10 games. Vegas is in the 5th spot in the West only two points behind Nashville and three behind Winnipeg and they would love to move into the top four to host a first round playoff series. Like the Jets the Golden Knights have played well on both ends of the ice and they have blown up for 13 goals in their last two games.
Keep winning the close ones
In a recent four game stretch that began with a one goal loss the Jets won their next three games all by a single goal. They have come through in the clutch in those games and will need to do that in this game facing a red-hot Vegas team. Blake Wheeler leads the team in both points and assists and in a recent five-game stretch he has four assists and one goal. Mark Scheifele leads the club in goals and in a recent stretch of five games he has two goals and two assists.
#1 G Connor Hellebuyck (30-20-2 2.97 GAA) has been up and down as of late and in his last start facing Vegas on February 22nd he gave up three goals on 32 shots in a 6-3 Jets win. This is the last game of a three-game road trip for the Jets, who will play their next four games on home ice.
Great start, great finish
In their last game, the Golden Knights were on the road and beat the San Jose Sharks 7-3 where they scored three goals in the first and 3rd periods. They had three more shots in the game (42-39) and they scored three goals on their six power play opportunities. Six different players scored for Vegas in the big road win and Jonathan Marchessault came up big scoring two goals and notching two assists. Malcolm Subban (6-7 3.11 GAA) got the win stopping 36 of 39 shots and after giving up five goals in two straight starts he has given up three in his last two starts. #1 G Marc-Andre Fleury (35-19-5 2.46 GAA) did not get the start against San Jose dealing with a lower body injury and he is a question mark for this game.
Things we're not doing today: practicing
Things we are doing today: watching these highlights at least 7 times pic.twitter.com/TodKBmaocu
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 19, 2019
Marchessault leads the team in goals and points and he has scored two goals in each of his last two games. This season, the Golden Knights are 22-10-4 at home.
The Vegas Golden Knights are:
- 9-1 in their last 10 overall
- 8-1 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference
- 57-28 in their last 85 home games
The Winnipeg Jets are:
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Jets have been playing well as of late, but the Golden Knights have been on fire as of late and they are on home ice. They have totaled 13 goals in their last two games and while they will not score a ton of goals in this game they will get it done on both sides of the ice. The Golden Knights will get the win, which will be their 10th win in their last 11 games.
Prediction: PICK: Golden Knights
Full-Game Total Pick
While the total has gone Under in five of the last seven games between these teams the total went over in the last meeting. Vegas has been killing it on the attack in the couple of games and they will keep up the solid play on offense, but will not score a ton of goals. However, they will give up some goals as well and that is why the Over is the smart money pick.
Prediction: PICK: Over