The Winnipeg Jets (21-9-4) travel to face off against the Minnesota Wild (16-14-4) on Sunday, December 31st. This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Jets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wild are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Jets. Puck drop is set for 2:00 ET.
Winnipeg Jets vs Minnesota Wild
The Winnipeg Jets Are Coming Off A Win
So far this season, the Jets have an overall record of 21-9-4. On the road, Winnipeg is 9-4-2 and 12-5-2 at home. In the Western Central division, they are currently 2nd, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 4th. Winnipeg’s average scoring margin for the season is +.8, resulting in an overall puck line record of 21-13. When playing at home their scoring margin is +.9, whereas in away games, they are at +.7.
The Jets played host to the Wild in their previous game and emerged with a 4-2 win. Throughout the game against the Wild, Jets’ offense managed to score in every single period. In the game, Winnipeg managed to score all four goals at even strength. They concluded with 32 shots on goal and committed 9 turnovers.
Coming into the game favored by -1.5, Winnipeg also managed to pick up a victory against the puck line. The game ended with a total of 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under.
The Minnesota Wild Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Coming into their game vs. Jets, the Wild have a 16-14-4 record. They hold a 10-4-2 record when playing at home, and they have gone 6-10-2 on the road. They are currently positioned 7th in the Western Central division and 11th in the Western conference. Looking at Minnesota’s average scoring margin, it is -0.1, which has led to a puck line record of 19-15. When playing at home, their scoring margin is +.2, and on the road, it is -0.3.
In their most recent game, the Wild fell to the Jets on the road by a score of 4-2. On offense, the Wild were held scoreless in the first period, but found the net one time in the second period and ended with one goal in the third. Of Minnesota’s two goals, one were scored while in power play situations. Their game ended with 36 shots on goal and six giveaways.
As the underdog, Minnesota suffered both a straight-up and loss vs. the puck line. The game ended with 6 goals, resulting in a push on the over/under line.
Winnipeg Offense Breakdown
The Jets come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 14th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 20th in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Jets offense is 23rd in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 17th in the NHL.
The Jets’ over/under record this season is 14-16-4. For the season, they have had 15 games failing to surpass this game’s over/under line of 6. Overall, their games are averaging 5.9 goals per game.
Minnesota Offense Breakdown
On offense, the Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game which is 22nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 23rd in the league. Looking at how the Wild’s offense is performing during power plays, they are 22nd in power play goals and 26th in shorthanded goals.
For the season, the over/under record of the Wild’s stands at 17-14-3. They have had 18 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.4 goals per game.
Winnipeg Team Defense
Defensively, the Jets are currently 27th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.7 shots per game against Winnipeg. They also are 24th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.
Minnesota Team Defense
Defensively, the Wild come into the season ranked 23rd in goals allowed. Opponents are averging 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. For the season, they are ranked 17th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Jets vs Wild Trends
- Across their ten previous road games, Winnipeg has an puck line mark of 7-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 7-3 while averaging 3 goals per game.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Wild offense has averaged 2 goals per game while allowing an average of 2. Minnesota posted an overall record of 4-6 while going 6-4 ATS.
- Through their last three games as the underdog, the Wild have an puck line record of 2-1 and a straight up mark of 2-1.
- Winnipeg has done well both straight up and vs the puck line when favored to win the game, going 3-2 SU and 3-2 puck line in their last five games.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Wild to secure a victory over the Jets at home. With the moneyline currently set at -111, I’m locking in my bet on the Wild straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Wild winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Wild straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
If you’re looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our prediction is that this game will exceed that mark, and we strongly advise placing a bet on the over.
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