The Winnipeg Jets (19-9-2) play the Tampa Bay Lightning (24-7-1) at Bell MTS Place on Sunday evening.
The Jets had games on home-ice against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday evening and on the road at the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday evening prior to this game, with their result prior to that being a 6-3 win over the Blackhawks on home-ice on Tuesday evening. That was their sixth win in seven games.
The Jets are averaging 3.53 Goals per Game, which puts them in a decent 5th in the overall NHL standings. Defensively they are allowing 2.73 Goals per Game, which also puts them in 5th position overall there too. Individually, Patrik Laine has supplied 21 goals, while Blake Wheeler has contributed 33 assists.
The Lightning faced another tough opponent with a visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday evening prior to this game, but prior to that they had won their last seven games, with the most recent result being a 6-3 win on home-ice against the New York Rangers on Monday evening, during which Steven Stamkos scored a hat-trick.
The Lightning are averaging exactly 4.00 Goals per Game, which puts them top of the NHL standings overall. Defensively they are allowing 2.84 Goals per Game, which leaves them down in a more modest 11th position overall. On an individual basis, Brayden Point has 21 goals, while Nikita Kucherov has contributed 33 assists.
The Jets have the busier schedule in the build-up to this game, which has to be a factor to be taken into account in any predictions here. The Lightning have also been a prolific scoring team this season and are in superb form of late. However, home-ice advantage and their own impressive results of late suggest that the Jets can edge this and they are our NHL betting picks on the Money Line odds to inflict a rare defeat on the Lightning.
Pick: Money Line – Winnipeg Jets