There are certain wagers that I love, but there are also a few that I simply don’t go anywhere near. In the NHL playoffs, trying to predict how many games a series will run is perhaps the one that should be avoided the most. That said, there are a couple that tends to be a little tempting, especially when you have a pair of teams who appear to be very evenly matched. In those instances, the thought of wagering on a 6- or 7-game series sometimes becomes so tempting as to be impossible to ignore.
One opening round series that certainly feel into that category is the one that sees the Winnipeg Jets and the St. Louis Blues go head to head. These two finished the regular season with the exact same number of points, and while it was the Jets who won the regular season series, the way the Blues finished the season suggested that they might be a tough out. The Blues hold a 2-1 series lead and will be on home ice for Game 4 on Tuesday night. The Blues are favored by 1 ½, with the O/U set at 5 ½.
Jets vs Blues 2019 NHL Playoffs Betting Spread & Game 4 Info
- When: Tuesday, April 16 at 9:30 PM EST
- Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis
- TV: CNBC
- NHL Odds: St. Louis Blues -155 (Total 5.5)
Why bet on the Winnipeg Jets?The Winnipeg Jets started this series as the favorite, but after dropping the opening two games on home ice, they went into St. Louis as the underdog. Game 3 was very much of the must-win variety for the Jets, who came up big with an impressive 6-3 that will ensure that they get to head back home for at least one more game. Of course, with a win in Game 4, they can go back with home-ice advantage once again in their back pocket.
The Jets were the favorites in this series for a reason, as they took 3 of the 4 games from the Blues in the regular season. Winnipeg needs to find a way to start closing out games, as they have been either in the lead or tied heading into the 3rd period in all 3 games in this series.
- Goals: 3.32
- Shots: 31.06
- PP/PK Percentage: 25.10
- Goals: 2.98
- Shots: 33.20
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.69
Why bet on the St. Louis Blues?It is more than fair to suggest that the St. Louis Blues were a bit of a surprise during the regular season, as they were not really among the favorites to be heading to the postseason. This was a team that seemed to grow in confidence with each passing week, though, and how they closed things out was truly impressive, going 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
The Blues were good at home in the regular season, going 24-15-2, but they have had issues getting wins against the Jets on home ice, going just 1-8 SU in the last 9 games against Winnipeg at home. In their last 6 games on home ice, the Blues have gone just 2-4 ATS.
- Goals: 3.01
- Shots: 31.64
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.80
- Goals: 2.74
- Shots: 28.56
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.01
Jets vs Blues 2019 NHL Playoffs Betting Trends
- Winnipeg is 5-13 ATS in its last 18 games
- Winnipeg is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Winnipeg’s last 7 games
- St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 12 of St. Louis’s last 18 games at home
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Jets vs BluesWhile the Blues have the series edge and home ice in Game 4, I think this series is far from over. Game 3 was a big win for a Jets team that has had real success in St. Louis over the years. I think we might well see this series tied up on Tuesday night.
Score: Winnipeg Jets 5 – St. Louis Blues 3