Betting on today’s Jets and Wild game? Catch the action at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, as the Wild hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Jets are the favored team in this Central divisional contest against the Wild. The game’s over/under currently sits at 6 goals.
WINNIPEG JETS VS MINNESOTA WILD BETTING PICK
The Pick: Minnesota Wild +1.5
This game will be played at Xcel Energy Center at 2:00 ET on Sunday, December 31st.
WHY BET THE MINNESOTA WILD:
- The Jets enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
- Take the Jets on the moneyline
- On the puck line, we like Wild (+1.5)
Can the Jets Lock in a Win at St. Paul?
Through 34 games, the Jets have achieved an overall record of 21-9-4. When on the road, Winnipeg holds a 9-4-2 record, while they are 12-5-2 when playing at home. They are currently positioned 2nd in the Western Central division and 4th in the Western conference.
Against the puck line, Winnipeg is 21-13. Their road puck line record so far is 9-6 while sitting 12-7 at home against the puckline. On average, Winnipeg’s games have finished with 5.9 goals per game. The season’s average over/under line stands at 6.2. In total, the Jets come in with an over/under record of 14-16-4.
When looking at their past three road matchups, Winnipeg has an puck line record of 1-2 while averaging 2 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
The Jets come into the game scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game, putting them 14th in the NHL. Regarding shots targeted at the goal per game, they are 20th in the league. Looking at how the Jets’ offense is performing during power plays, they are 23rd in power play goals and 17th in shorthanded goals.
Winnipeg will be looking for a good game from Kyle Connor who leads the team in scoring with 17 goals, ranking 17th in the NHL. Connor also comes into the game with 11 assists.
Minnesota defense takes on the Jets ranked 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They alsso are 17th in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
Goalie Laurent Brossoit comes into the game having made eight starts this season. So far, his record is 4-3 and he has a save percentage of 0.37%.
Can the Wild Grab a Win at Home?
So far this season, the Wild have an overall record of 16-14-4. Currently, they are 10-4-2 at home and carry a seven game home win streak into the game. Their current record places them 7th in the Western Central division and 11th in the Western conference.
When it came to the puck line, Minnesota have posted a 19-15 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 11-7, while they are 8-8 at home. This season, Minnesota’s games are averaging 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.3. The Wild currently have an over/under record of 17-14-3.
In their last three home games, Minnesota has averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 3. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
Offensively, the Wild come into the game at 3.1 goals per contest placing 22nd in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 23rd position in the league. Coming into the game, the Wild have 10-6 record when they have more shots on goal than their opponent. When they have fewer shots on goal, they are 6-8.
The leading scorer for Minnesota’s offense is Joel Eriksson Ek. Coming into the game he has 15 goals, ranking 36th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Eriksson Ek has 10 assists this season.
Defensively, the Wild are currently 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.2 shots per game against Minnesota. They also are 17th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Heading into this matchup vs. Winnipeg, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has started 12 games in this season. His current record is 6-5, and his save percentage stands at 0.55%.