Winnipeg Jets vs Florida Panthers: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Thursday, November 1st, 2:00 pm Eastern Time
After losing to the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday in the second half of a back-to-back, the Winnipeg Jets are off until Thursday when they play the Florida Panthers in the first of two consecutive contests over two nights.
The Jets were looking like the Stanley Cup contenders that most believe they are before losing two of their last three games to the aforementioned Toronto Maple Leafs. Winnipeg were up 2-0 at Scotiabank Arena heading into the third period when it all fell apart and they lost 3-2 in regulation. As a result, they will feel they have a point to prove when they visit Florida for a cross-conference showdown.
The Panthers have struggled to start the season and have just two wins in their opening seven games. They should really be tested against a Jets team eager to make a statement and could be in trouble early and often on Thursday night. Much like the Jets though, Florida will have been off since Saturday and will be well rested.
The Panthers also ended a two-game losing skid with a big win against the New York Islanders in overtime on Saturday. Before that victory, Florida had allowed at least four goals in four straight matches and they will need to be extra cautious against a high-flying Jets side that is more than capable of finding the back of the net at will. We could be in for a high scoring affair, which should work to the visitor’s advantage.
It’ll also be worth keeping an eye on who starts in net for each team, considering both squads will be forced to fly out immediately following the game having to play in Winnipeg the very next night.
Winnipeg Jets to win in regulation
The Winnipeg Jets are a much more talent and deeper hockey team than the Florida Panthers. They should be able to take both games of the back-to-back.
- Patrick Laine to score anytime
So far, young stud Patrick Laine only has three goals and two assists on the season, but he could be a great pick to score in this one. The Finnish winger is one of the best in the leagues who had a ridiculous 44 goals last season, and this could be the perfect game for him to get back on track and headed in the right direction.
Head to Head
The Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers split the season series last year, each winning on home ice.
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Mark Scheifele had four goals and three assists in seven games last week, including matching a career-high two goals and two assists on October 22nd against the St. Louis Blues.