The United Center will be the site for a divisional tilt as the Chicago Blackhawks welcome the visiting Winnipeg Jets. NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast the action, which gets going at 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday, January 12.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks Odds
The money line for each team is currently set at an identical -110, and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).
Winnipeg is 26-18 straight up (SU) and has earned 7.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. 23 of its outings have gone over the total, while 19 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Jets team is 10-14 SU on the road.
Winnipeg currently touts the second-strongest power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s converted on 25.8 percent of its extra-man chances this season. Additionally, its penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and it has successfully killed off 81.2 percent of its penalties.
The Jets, as a collective unit, have been sent to the penalty box 4.0 times per game during the 2017-18 season, and 2.6 per game over its last five road outings. The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .923 save percentage and 27.5 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (23-12-6) has been the best option in goal for Winnipeg this season. If Winnipeg decides to rest him, however, the team may go with Steve Mason (3-8-1), who has a .897 save percentage and 3.52 goals against average this year.
The visiting Jets have relied on Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele this season. Wheeler has 52 points via 14 goals and 38 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 14 different games. Scheifele has 15 goals and 23 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 21 games).
Over on the other bench, Chicago is 21-22 straight up (SU) and has lost 3.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 22 of its contests have gone under the total, while 19 have gone over and just two have pushed. It’s 11-9 SU at home this season.
The Blackhawks have converted on just 16.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the bottom 10 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 13th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.8 percent of all opponent power plays.
Blackhawks players have been called for penalties only 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 2.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s been forced to defend opponent power plays just 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Corey Crawford (27.9 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for the Blackhawks. Crawford has 16 wins, 12 losses, and two OT losses to his name and has maintained a 2.27 goals against average and a .929 save percentage this season.
Patrick Kane (18 goals, 27 assists) will lead the offensive attack for the Blackhawks.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks Betting Predictions
Predictions: SU Winner – Blackhawks, O/U – Over
The over has hit in three of Chicago’s last five games.
Six of Winnipeg’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 5-1 in those games.