Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game Pick 1/19/20

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Two teams facing each other for the third time this year, the Winnipeg Jets and the Chicago Blackhawks collide at the United Center. This Central Division matchup will get started at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 19, and it’ll be broadcasted live on Sportsnet.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds

Winnipeg is 25-23 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 4.3 units this season. 25 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. The Jets are 14-10 SU as the road team in 2019-20.

Winnipeg has converted on 20.9 percent of its power play chances this season, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th in the league, and the team’s successfully killed off only 74.4 percent of all penalties.

The Jets, as a collective unit, have been penalized just 3.0 times per game overall in the 2019-20 season, and 3.8 per game over its last five road outings. The team’s had to kill penalties just 6.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 28.1 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (22-18-4) has been the best option in goal for Winnipeg this year. If it decides to give him a rest, however, head coach Paul Maurice may go with Laurent Brossoit (5-9 record, .885 save percentage, 3.67 goals against average).

Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Jets. Scheifele (52 points) has tallied 22 goals and 30 assists, and has recorded two or more points 14 times. Connor has 24 goals and 23 assists to his name (and has logged at least one point in 30 games).

Chicago is 23-26 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 0.8 units this year. Through 49 regular season matches, 25 of its games have gone under the total, while 22 have gone over and just one has pushed. This year, the team is 11-14 SU as the home team.

The Blackhawks have converted on just 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 28th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all opponent power plays.

Blackhawks players have been called for penalties 3.3 times per game this season, and 2.0 per game over their last five contests. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 5.0 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Robin Lehner (32.0 saves per game) has been the primary netminder in goal for the Blackhawks. Lehner has 14 wins, 13 losses, and five overtime losses and has maintained a .923 save percentage and 2.85 goals against average this year.

The home team will be led on offense by Patrick Kane (24 goals, 37 assists).

Winnipeg Jets at Chicago Blackhawks Betting Predictions

Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Over

Notes

Betting Trends

A majority (69.6 percent) of Chicago’s wins have been by two or more goals, and the team is 16-16 overall in such games. 11 of Winnipeg’s 25 wins (44.0 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.

The Blackhawks are 7-10 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 17-19 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.

Winnipeg is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Chicago is 2-4 in shootouts.

Winnipeg may hold the upper hand if it’s a tight one late. The team’s an impressive 14-8 in games decided by one goal, while Chicago is 7-10 in such games.

Three of Chicago’s last five outings have gone under the total.

Chicago has averaged 3.0 goals per game overall this year, but has upped that figure to 4.3 per contest over its four-game winning streak.

Winnipeg skaters have averaged 7.8 giveaways over its last five home games, an improvement from its season average of 10.4 giveaways per game (ranked 19th in the NHL).

Chicago is ranked 17th this season with 10.3 giveaways per game. That figure has regressed, as it’s averaged 11.4 giveaways over its last 10 games and 11.6 giveaways over its last five.

This game features a couple of the tougher defenses in the league. Winnipeg skaters have dished out the league’s 10th-most hits per game (22.7) and the Hawks have registered the sixth-most (24.2).

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