Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Wild versus the Jets? The puck drops at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg, MB. The over/under for this game is set at 6 goals, and the Jets are the home favorites against the Wild in a Central division matchup.

MINNESOTA WILD VS WINNIPEG JETS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Winnipeg Jets -1.5

This game will be played at Canada Life Centre at 2:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.

WHY BET THE WINNIPEG JETS:

  • Even though they are considered 1.5-goal underdogs, our projection points to a 4-3 win for the Wild.
  • We like the Wild on the moneyline (+113)
  • The Wild are also our pick on the spread at +1.5

Taking a Look at the Wild Chances in Winnipeg

This season, the Wild currently hold an overall record of 16-13-4. When playing on the road, Minnesota has a 6-9-2 record, while they are 10-4-2 at home. This record has them sitting 7th in the Western Central division and 11th in the Western conference.

Analyzing their performance against the puck line, Minnesota has a 19-14 record. On the road they are 11-6 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is8-8. Games involving Minnesota have an average of 6.4 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.3. In terms of their over/under performance, the Wild come in with a record of 17-14-2.

When looking at their past three road matchups, Minnesota has an puck line record of 3-0 while averaging 3 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.

Offensively, the Wild come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 23rd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 27th position in the league. The Wild went 10-5 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-8.

The leading scorer for Minnesota’s offense is Joel Eriksson Ek. Coming into the game he has 15 goals, ranking 32nd in the NHL. Eriksson Ek also comes into the game with 10 assists.

In terms of defense, the Jets head into the game ranked 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.5 shots per game against Winnipeg. So far, they are 24th in shutouts, achieving 1 shutouts.

Goalie Filip Gustavsson gets the start and has made 21 starts this season. His record at this point is 10-8, and his save percentage is 0.83%.

Does Winnipeg Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

This season, the Jets currently hold an overall record of 20-10-4. When playing on the road, Winnipeg has a 9-4-2 record, while they are 11-5-2 at home. In the Western Central division, they are currently 3rd, and in the Western conference, they come into the game sitting 6th.

When it came to the puck line, Winnipeg have posted a 20-13 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 9-6, while they are 11-7 at home. This season, Winnipeg’s games have an average of 5.9 goals per game. The average over/under number for the season is 6.2. The Jets come in with an over/under performance of 14-16-3.

When looking at their past three home matchups, Winnipeg has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.

On offense, the Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game which is 15th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 21st in the league. Winnipeg’s offense comes into the game ranked 23rd in power play goals. And in terms of shorthanded goals, they are 17th in the NHL.

The leading scorer for Winnipeg’s offense is Kyle Connor. Coming into the game he has 17 goals, ranking 17th in the NHL. Along with his scoring, he has come up with 11 assists so far.

Defensively, the Jets are currently 28th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.5 shots per game against Winnipeg. They also are 24th in shutouts, coming in with 1 shutouts.

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck comes into the game having made 25 starts this season. So far, his record is 16-6 and he has a save percentage of 0.93%.