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Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild Free Pick 1/4/20

In their third head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild meet at the Xcel Energy Center. This divisional matchup gets going at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4 and it can be caught live on Fox Sports North.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild Odds

Winnipeg is 22-19 straight up (SU) and has earned 5.5 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 41 regular season outings, 21 of its games have gone under the total, while 18 have gone over and just one has pushed. As an away team in 2019-20, the Jets are 12-8 SU.

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Winnipeg has converted on 19.7 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. Its penalty kill is ranked 31st overall, and it’s successfully killed off only 71.3 percent of its penalties.

Winnipeg, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties just 3.0 times per game in the 2019-20 season, and 4.2 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

With a .919 save percentage and 27.9 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (19-15-3) has been the top option in goal for Winnipeg this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Paul Maurice may roll with Laurent Brossoit (5-7 record, .889 save percentage, 3.50 goals against average).

Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Jets. Scheifele has 46 points via 19 goals and 27 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 11 different games. Connor has 21 goals and 19 assists to his name, and has notched a point in 25 games.

On the other side of the ice, Minnesota is 19-22 straight up (SU) and has lost 2.3 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 41 regular season outings, 20 of its games have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just four have pushed. It’s 10-7 SU at home this year.

Minnesota has converted on 17.8 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 24th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

The Wild have been penalized 3.5 times per game this season, 3.2 per game over their past five games total, and 3.4 per game over their last five at home. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays just 7.5 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Alex Stalock has stopped 25.1 shots per game as the primary netminder in the crease for Minnesota. Stalock has 10 wins, 10 losses, and two overtime losses to his name and has registered a pedestrian 3.02 goals against average and a poor .901 save percentage this year.

Eric Staal (15 goals, 17 assists) will lead the offensive attack for the Wild.

Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild Betting Predictions

Prediction: SU Winner – Wild, O/U – Over

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The Jets are 5-5 SU in games where they serve more penalty minutes than their opponent while the Wild are 6-8 SU when they serve more minutes than the opposition.

Minnesota is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Winnipeg is 2-1 in shootouts.

Minnesota is ranked 24th this season with 6.7 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower lately, however, as the team has averaged 5.5 takeaways over its last 10 games and 5.0 takeaways over its last five.

Winnipeg is ranked 23rd in the NHL this season with 6.9 takeaways per game. That figure has trended lower, however, as the team has averaged 5.3 takeaways over its last 10 games and 4.8 takeaways over its last five.

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