Two teams on winning streaks, the Winnipeg Jets and the Colorado Avalanche take the ice at the Pepsi Center for a divisional showdown. This one gets going at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 2 and it can be watched live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Colorado Avalanche Odds
Winnipeg (+120) is playing the role of underdog to Winnipeg (-140), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting the total sit at -110 money on the over and -110 on the under.
Winnipeg is 23-17 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.6 units this season. Through 40 regular season outings, 21 of its games have gone over the total, while 17 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Jets are 9-13 SU as the road team in 2017-18.
Winnipeg has converted on 24.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it has successfully killed off 80.7 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Jets have been penalized 4.0 times per game during the 2017-18 season, and 2.6 per game over its past five games. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Boasting a .923 save percentage and 27.5 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (21-11-5) has been the top option in goal for Winnipeg this season. If Winnipeg decides to rest him, however, head coach Paul Maurice could turn to Steve Mason (2-8-1), who has a .899 save percentage and 3.47 goals against average this year.
Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele will both lead the offensive attack for the visiting Jets. Wheeler (45 points) is up to 11 goals and 34 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 12 different games. Scheifele has 15 goals and 23 assists to his name, and has registered a point in 21 games.
Over on the other bench, Colorado is 19-19 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 3.3 units this season. 23 of its outings have gone over the total, while 14 have gone under and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 12-8 SU as the home team.
The Avalanche have converted on just 19.9 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked fifth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.9 percent of all opponent power plays.
Colorado skaters have been sent to the penalty box 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays 9.0 minutes per contest over their last five home games.
Semyon Varlamov (28.8 saves per game) has been the top netminder in goal for the Avalanche. Varlamov has 13 wins, 12 losses, and two OT losses and has maintained a fairly-weak .909 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average this season.
Nathan MacKinnon (16 goals, 30 assists) will lead the offensive counter for the home team.
Winnipeg Jets at Colorado Avalanche Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Avalanche, O/U – Over
Winnipeg is 1-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Colorado is 1-1 in shootouts.
The total has gone over in three of Colorado’s last five outings.
Eight of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-3 in those games.