Vancouver Canucks vs Winnipeg Jets: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Thursday October 18th, 5:00 pm Pacific Time
The Vancouver Canucks pay a visit to their Canadian rivals the Winnipeg Jets in what is sure to be an exciting midweek contest.
The Winnipeg Jets have been wildly inconsistent to start the season, winning 5-1 one game then losing by the same score two nights later. Despite this though, they were one of the favourites to win the Stanley Cup coming into the campaign and it’s not hard to see why.
The team is so deep that one of the league’s most exciting young talents Patrik Laine is playing on the second line. Laine put up 70 points in just his second season in the league and will undoubtedly find the back of the net even more often this year. Although they have struggled to score to start the season, that won’t be the case on most nights.
Vancouver on the other hand, has overachieved to kick off the season with impressive wins against the likes of Tampa Bay, Florida, and Calgary. They enter the contest against the Jets at the end of a difficult six-game road trip and could potentially be feeling the effects of fatigue.
It remains to be seen who will be in the crease for this one, with backup Anders Nilsson getting the start for both the Canucks’ win against the Lightning and Panthers where he allowed a total of just three goals. Jacob Markstrom who was the starter coming into the year, allowed a shocking 12 goals in his last two starts and could very likely be watching this game from the bench as well.
- Winnipeg Jets win
The Winnipeg Jets may be inconsistent, but they have a talented squad and are capable of winning on any given night. Expect them to get the job done against the Canucks.
- Over 6 goals
The Jets have struggled to score to start the year and while they will unquestionably turn things around, this one could prove to be a low-scoring intense affair especially if Nilsson continues to shine.
Head to Head
The Winnipeg Jets have won their last five games against the Canucks, last losing on December 20th, 2016.
- No goalie in the league last season earned more wins than the 44 Connor Hellebuyck registered with the Jets.
- Rookie Elias Pettersson matched the record for the longest point streak by a Canucks player to begin his NHL career. Don Tannahill set the record at age 23 in 1972-73 with three goals and two assists, Pettersson is just 19-years-old and scored five goals while providing three assists.
- Anders Nilsson did well to post .923 SV% in 26 appearances for the Sabres in 2016-17 but took a step back last season with just a .901 SV% in his first season as a Canuck.