Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets Free Pick 1/31/20

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In their last head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Boston Bruins and the Winnipeg Jets face off at Bell MTS Place. This East-West matchup will get started at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, January 31 and it is being shown live on New England Sports Network.

Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets Odds

Winnipeg (+125) is entering this one as the underdog to Boston (-145) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. If bettors want to wager on the matchup’s total, they’ll be looking at odds of -105 for the over and -115 on the under.

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Boston is 29-22 straight up (SU) and has lost 6.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 51 regular season contests, 26 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just three have pushed. As the away team this season, the Bruins are 12-11 SU.

Boston has converted on 25.5 percent of its power play chances this season, a figure that’s good enough for fourth-best in the NHL. Its penalty kill is ranked sixth overall, and the team’s successfully killed off 83.2 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, Boston has been called for penalties 3.6 times per game in the 2019-20 season, 3.6 per game over its last five matchups total, and 4.0 per game over its last five on the road. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 27.4 saves per game with a .925 save percentage, Tuukka Rask (17-11-6) has been the primary option in goal for Boston this season. If it decides to give him a rest, however, Boston might turn to Jaroslav Halak (12-12-6 record, .918 save percentage, 2.47 goals against average).

David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Bruins. Pastrnak has 70 points via 37 goals and 33 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 21 different games. Marchand has 21 goals and 44 assists to his credit, and has registered a point in 37 games.

On the other side of the ice, Winnipeg is 25-26 straight up (SU) and has netted 1.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 51 regular season matches, 26 of its games have gone under the total, while 24 have gone over and just one has pushed. It’s 11-13 SU at home this season.

Winnipeg has converted on 20.0 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.4 percent of all opponent power plays.

The Jets have been penalized only 3.0 times per game this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five at home. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Connor Hellebuyck has stopped 28.0 shots per game as the top selection in the crease for Winnipeg. Hellebuyck has 22 wins, 20 losses, and four overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a mediocre 2.74 goals against average and a .917 save percentage this season.

Mark Scheifele (23 goals, 31 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Jets.

Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets Betting Predictions

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under

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Winnipeg is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Boston is 0-7 in shootouts.

For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in three of their last five outings.

Winnipeg has averaged 3.0 goals per game overall this year, but has been averaging 1.8 goals per matchup over its four-game losing streak.

Four of Winnipeg’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals. The club is 1-3 overall in those games.

This game features two of the more physical teams in the league. Boston skaters have dished out the sixth-most hits in the league (24.1 per game) while the Jets have recorded the ninth-most (23.3).

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