The six-game NHL slate scheduled for Friday, February 24, will conclude with this divisional rivalry duel in Winnipeg, so make sure you get the best Avalanche vs. Jets betting pick and odds.
Colorado is searching for the fourth consecutive win when they visit Winnipeg at Canada Life Centre. The Jets are -107 moneyline favorites on BookMaker Sportsbook, while the total is set at 6 goals. These Central Division rivals will meet for the third time this season; the Jets lead the series 2-0.
Avalanche came from behind to beat the Oilers in OT
The Colorado Avalanche (31-19-2-3, 28-27 ATS) came back home from a two-game road trip on which they recorded a pair of victories against the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. The Avalanche had a tough game against the Edmonton Oilers; managed to come back from 3-0, 4-2, and 5-3 deficits to force overtime. Colorado did get two points in the end, and now climbed up to 7th place in the Western Conference with 67 points, only six behind the leaders Vegas Golden Knights.
Mikko Rantanen scored a game-winning goal for the Avs in overtime after a heroic comeback from the hosts. J.T. Compher recorded three assists and finished with four points; Nathan MacKinnon had three, while Samuel Girard contributed two points. When it comes to points this year, Nathan MacKinnon leapfrogged Rantanen at the top of Colorado’s producers with 67 (G 19, A 48). Mikko has 66 (G 36, A 30) and Cale Makar has 45 points (G 13, A 32).
Alexandar Georgiev (23-12-4) is expected to start at the goal against the Jets on Friday. The 27-year-old is conceding 2.72 goals per game this season with a .918 SV% and two shutouts.
LW Darren Helm (lower body), D Erik Johnson (ankle), LW Gabriel Landeskog (lower body), G Pavel Francouz (lower body), and D Cale Makar (concussion) are out indefinitely.
Jets didn’t play well on the road
The Winnipeg Jets (35-22-1-0, 34-24) returned home from a four-game road trip on which they suffered three defeats, including the most recent one to the New York Islanders. The Jets scored just eight goals during that stretch, but the good news is that they allowed only ten in return. Now, Winnipeg will spend six of the next seven games at Canada Life Centre.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored a power-play goal for the Jets against the Islanders, but that was all from Winnipeg offensively as the Jets lost 2-1. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 20 of 22 shots. This season, Kyle Connor leads the Jets in points with 66 (G 26, A 40), followed by Josh Morrissey with 59 (G 11, A 48) and Pierre-Luc Dubois with 55 points (G 24, A 31).
Connor Hellebuyck (26-17-1) is likely to start in the cage against the Avalanche on Friday. The 29-year-old is allowing 2.39 goals per contest this year with a .925 SV% and three shutouts.
C David Gustafsson (upper body) and C Cole Perfetti (upper body) are out indefinitely and will not feature on Friday against the Avalanche.
- 6-2 in the last eight road games
- 19-7 in the last 26 vs. Central Division rivals
- 7-2 in the last nine vs. a team with a winning record
- 0-4 in the last four when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game
- 1-5 in the last six games playing on one day of rest
Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets Pick
In the opening game of their back-to-back set, I am backing the Avs to get a win. Colorado lost both H2H this season and considering they are playing well recently, I believe now is a chance to get a W against Winnipeg. Although the Jets are averaging more goals per game than the Avalanche (3.10 vs. 3.07 gpg), Colorado does have one of the best offenses in hockey, and they proved it in the last five games by scoring 3+ in each and 5+ in two. The visitors will be playing without a few key players, but that wasn’t a problem for the Avs in the latest games and I don’t think it will be on Friday as long as Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen stay hot.
Pick: Take the Avalanche to win (-103)
Even though I mentioned Colorado’s improving offense, it’s not going to be easy to put more than two or three goals behind Hellebuyck’s back. He is having a fantastic month of February, in which the goalie allows just 1.77 goals in four starts. Because of Hellebuyck’s terrific form, I expect a low-scoring affair. Under is 4-1 in the last five H2H meetings in Winnipeg; Under is 19-5-2 in the Avalanche’s previous 26 road games, Under is 10-1-1 in Colorado’s last 12 vs. Central Division rivals, while Under is 6-0-1 in the Jets’ previous seven vs. Central Division opponents.
Pick: Go Under 6 goals (-110)