2018 Playoffs Preview & Game 4 NHL Odds: Jets at Wild
Very interesting Wild-Jets series so far and it’s a shame that one team has to lose. Winnipeg holds a 2-1 lead as the Central Division rivals play Game 4 in the Twin Cities on Tuesday. MyBookie.ag oddsmakers expect a Wild victory. Minnesota is favorite in the NHL odds at -1.5 for Game 4.
How to Bet Jets at Wild NHL Odds & Game 4 Info
When: Tuesday, 8 PM ET
Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul
Radio: 1290 AM (Winnipeg) / 100.3 FM (Minnesota)
Opening NHL Odds: Wild -115, Jets -105 (5.5)
Latest NHL Odds Trends
- Winnipeg is 3-10 ATS in the last 13 games
- Winnipeg is 7-1 SU in the last 8 games
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Winnipeg’s last 5 games
- Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
- Minnesota is 2-4 SU in the last 6 games
- The total went UNDER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 12 games
Why Bet on Winnipeg?
Winnipeg won both games at home before getting routed 6-2 in Minnesota on Sunday – the Jets were just like this during the regular season. Fantastic at home and shaky on the road.
Blake Wheeler scored a goal in Sunday’s loss. Wheeler’s first goal and second point of the series came before the Wild ran away with the game in the second half. Connor Hellebuyck was chased from Game 3 after allowing six goals on 22 shots. Hellebuyck surrendered four goals on nine shots during the second period and didn’t come out for the third period. Steve Mason blocked all seven shots he faced in the third period in relief. It’s still expected to be Hellebuyck in Game 4.
“[Hellebuyck] is one of the strongest goalies, mentally, that I’ve ever played with,” defenseman Ben Chiarot said. “Not much bothers him. He’s a pretty laid-back guy. Six go by him, I don’t think he’s thinking about it too much. He’ll be ready for Game 4. He’ll be the same goalie we’ve seen all year.”
This season, Hellebuyck was 44-11-9 in 64 starts (2.36 goals-against average, .924 save percentage), setting an NHL record for most wins in a season by a U.S.-born goalie.
Who Got Injured in Game 3?
Tyler Myers left Game 3 with a lower-body injury and was seen with a slight limp after. Myers was injured after he got tangled up with Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno. He’s questionable for Game 4. Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice chose not to update the status of Myers on Monday. Myers scored six goals to go with 30 assists during the regular season, and now he has a pair of goals and an assist in the playoffs.
Toby Enstrom (ankle) did not take part in Monday’s optional skate and Maurice did not provide an update on the defenseman’s status. He hasn’t been in the lineup since March 23 due to an ankle injury.
Why Bet on Minnesota?
Eric Staal was one of five Wild players to record a multi-point game in Sunday’s 6-2 win. Staal notched a goal and an assist for his first two points of the playoffs after a 76-point regular season. Four of his teammates also notched two points, including Mikko Koivu, Mikael Granlund, Matt Dumba and Nick Seeler, as Minnesota chased Hellebuyck.
Forward Zach Parise tipped in a shot for the go-ahead power-play goal late in the first period, and Staal scored the first of three Minnesota goals in the final 5:20 of the second. Seeler had a great night as he was credited with four blocks, including some big ones on the penalty kill, and he chipped in two assists. He only had four helpers in 22 appearances during the regular season.
“[Seeler has] surprised me since he’s been here,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “This guy has never played in the NHL before. He’s had very average training camps here. (Iowa Wild coach) Derek Lalonde must have done a great job with him because he’s come up here and hasn’t played like a guy who hasn’t played in the NHL before, let alone the pressure of playoff hockey. So he’s surprised me for sure, but in a real good way.”
Who Else Scored in Game 3?
Jordan Greenway also found the back of the net. Greenway got his first NHL goal in the playoffs after he contributed one assist in six games with the Wild during the regular season. He has two points in three postseason outings.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 of 31 shots. Dubnyk played well in a game that could have gone either way through the first half. He improved to 1-2 this postseason with a 3.03 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.
The Wild were nearly even in shots (31-29 for the Jets) after being outshot 84-37 through two games. Home ice has made a big difference for the Wild this season; they went 27-6-8 at Xcel Energy Center with the fewest home regulation losses in the NHL and the second-most home points (62) behind the Jets (66).
Expert NHL Betting Prediction
I fully expect the home team to win every game in this series. Take the Wild in the NHL odds to even it up.