Winnipeg Jets Travel to New York to Face the Islanders
The Winnipeg Jets will head to the UBS Arena on Saturday evening to take on the New York Islanders in a non-conference game. This will be the second and final game against one another, as the Islanders were able to pick up a 2-0 shutout road win back on November 6th.
Winnipeg is currently sixth in the Central Division (24-22-10, 58 points) and are coming off a two-game losing streak, while the Islanders are sixth in the Metropolitan Division (21-23-8, 50 points) with a 2-1 home win over the St. Louis Blues.
Both teams are struggling a bit as of late and are trying to climb out of the hole they dug themselves in. Let’s look at Winnipeg and New York to determine the best bet against the spread to place here.
Game Preview: Winnipeg Jets at New York Islanders March 11th
The offense of the Jets have been doing decently well as they are scoring 2.91 goals on 33.1 shot attempts this season, while the Islanders are a tier below, averaging 2.54 goals on 29.1 shot attempts per game.
Winnipeg has been led by their left winger Kyle Connor, who is tied for 12th in the sport in points and fifth in the NHL in goals, and he has posted 62 points (33 goals, 29 assists) and scored six points in his last four games on the ice.
Compare that to the production from the Islanders’ center Brock Nelson, as he has produced 30 points (20 goals, ten assists) with a point in each of his previous two games.
Defensively is leaning more in New York’s favor as they are giving up 2.73 goals on 31.4 shots while Winnipeg is allowing three goals with 32.2 shot attempts thus far.
Winnipeg’s starting goalie Connor Hellebuyck has been struggling a bit as he is 18-20-9 with a 91 save percentage and 2.95 goals allowed per game, while New York’s goaltender is Ilya Sorojkin and is doing well with an 18-12-7 record with 2.38 goals given up and a 92.3 save percentage at this point.
Winnipeg Jets at New York Islanders Betting Prediction
Both teams are on the outside of the playoffs looking in right now, and these teams have a bit of a difference between one another. The Jets are scoring 4.3 goals in their previous four games, while the Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals in their last five games.
Winnipeg is currently 31-25 against the spread as of this writing, while New York is sitting at a putrid 21-31 against the spread. All in all, Winnipeg is the better team, especially with the health of center Mathew Barzal being in jeopardy for this game, so go with the Jets to cover the puck line.
* All odds provided by Action247 Sportsbook and all odds subject to change.
**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.