The Jets haven’t played for a week as a result of their double header against the Florida Panthers at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, the last game of which they lost 4-2, despite leading twice through Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine.
Laine scored three goals in the reverse fixture against the Panthers a day earlier and is now the leading scorer for the Jets this season with seven goals. It’s a timely return to form for Laine, with the Jets only averaging 2.90 Goals per Game this season (21st in the overall rankings).
The Jets are allowing 2.80 Goals per Game, which leaves them 8th in the overall standings. Their Power Play PCT is 33.3, which places them a decent 2nd.
Avalanche lost 1-4 home-ice against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday and also lost their three games prior to that, including a 7-6 OT loss at the Vancouver Canucks where they led into the final minute of the third period.
The Avalanche has a Goals per Game average of 3.70, which gives them 2nd position in the overall NHL rankings. Defensively they allow 2.80 Goals per Game, which leaves them 11th. On an individual basis, Nathan MacKinnon has 11 goals, while Mikko Rantanen has 19 assists.
The ability of the Avalanche to score freely has to be taken into account with any NHL predictions for this game, but the extra time that the Jets have had since their last game should help their preparations and they are our tips to win this on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Winnipeg Jets