Last Updated: 2017-12-07
In their first head-to-head meeting of the regular season, the Winnipeg Jets and the Florida Panthers meet at the BB&T Center in an East-West tilt. The Sports Network will broadcast the game, which gets going at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7.
Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers Odds
Winnipeg enters the contest as the favorite with a moneyline of -125. The line for Florida sits at +105. The Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals and originally opened at -130 for the over and +110 for the under. That line has since shifted however, and it now sits at -110 for the over, -110 for the under.
Winnipeg is 17-11 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 5.4 units this year. 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and none have pushed. As a road team this season, the Jets are 7-8 SU.
Winnipeg enters the match up with the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s scored on 27.0 percent of its extra-man chances this year. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 17th in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 80.6 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Jets have been penalized 4.4 times per game overall this season, and 5.0 per game over its past five matchups. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays 8.8 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .921 save percentage and 27.0 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (15-8-3) has been the best option in goal for Winnipeg this season. If Winnipeg chooses to rest him, however, the team might roll with Steve Mason (2-6-1 record, .904 save percentage, 3.45 goals against average).
Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele will both be relied on to produce for the visiting Jets. Wheeler (36 points) is up to seven goals and 29 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 10 different games. Scheifele has 14 goals and 20 assists to his name (and has logged at least one point in 18 games).
On the other side of the ice, Florida is 10-17 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.0 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 27 regular season matches, 14 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and none have pushed. The team is 5-8 SU at home this year.
The Panthers have converted on just 16.7 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 25th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.3 percent of all opponent power plays.
Florida players have been sent to the penalty box 4.3 times per game in total this season, and 2.0 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.
Roberto Luongo has stopped 31.7 shots per game as the top selection in goal for the Panthers. Luongo has six wins, nine losses, and two overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a mediocre 2.62 goals against average and a .928 save percentage this year.
Vincent Trocheck (10 goals, 17 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the home team.
Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Panthers, O/U – Over
Two of Florida’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 1-1 in those games and 2-2 overall in shootouts this year.
The under has hit in three of Florida’s last five outings.
Winnipeg has managed 32.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Florida has been attempting 38.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
Florida has scored just 2.3 goals per contest (while allowing 3.3) over its three-game losing streak.
Eight of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-3 in those games.
Winnipeg skaters have given out the 11th-most hits in the league (22.2 per game).