Florida Panthers vs Winnipeg Jets: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Friday, November 2nd, 2:00 pm Eastern Time
After being off since Saturday, the Jets and Panthers meet in Helsinki to play each other in back-to-back games in the Finnish capital.
Winnipeg’s depth should be the difference between these two teams when they meet for consecutive nights on Thursday and Friday in Finland. It is an opportunity for 20-year-old phenom Patrick Laine to play in his home country for two consecutive nights in games that he will like his clubs’ chances in. While he hasn’t been terrific to start the season, he is still one of the best wingers in the league and should find his form sooner than later.
With just seven points from their opening nine games, the Panthers will be desperate to get their season back on track before it’s too late. They don’t have a single player in the top 50 current NHL points leaders and have just 28 goals scored on the season thus far. Only four teams in the NHL have a worse goal differential than the Panthers, as they’ve also struggled to keep the puck out of their own net.
Roberto Luongo remains out injured for the Panthers, so we will likely see James Reimer and Michael Hutchinson each get a start in Finland. It remains to be seen who will play what game, but all indications suggest that Hutchinson will start on Friday. Luongo’s absence continues to be a huge loss for Florida and is a big reason they have started the campaign so poorly.
The Jets are expected to start Connor Hellebuyck on Thursday while going with backup netminder Laurent Brossoit in the second game on Friday, Winnipeg will still enter the game as favourites and rightfully so as Brossoit has won all three games he’s started in thus far and has posted an incredible 1.68 GAA.
Winnipeg Jets to win in regulation
The Winnipeg Jets will like their chances in both games played in Helsinki against the Panthers, but particularly in the second game as they are a much deeper hockey club.
Over 6 goals
Having flown across the Atlantic and played just the night before, we could see two very tired hockey teams. As a result, both clubs will be susceptible to sloppy errors and with two backup goalies likely to get the start in the second half of a back-to-back, we should be in for quite the high-scoring affair.
Head to Head
The Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers split the season series last year, each winning on home ice. They have never met in Europe before.
The Florida Panthers have lost three of their last four games.
The Winnipeg Jets have yet to shutout an opponent this season.
No goalie in the entire NHL earned more wins last season than the 44 Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets collected.