Winnipeg has yet to win a game in Las Vegas – ever. Of course, the Golden Knights were an expansion team last season and won the lone regular-season meeting in Sin City. The Knights also won both home games vs. Winnipeg in the Western Conference Finals. The Jets are NHL odds underdogs to finally get a W in Vegas on Friday night.
How to Bet Jets vs Golden Knights NHL Betting Lines & Game Info
- When: Friday, 10 PM ET
- Where: T-Mobile Arena
- TV: NHL Center Ice
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Betting Lines: Vegas Golden Knights -155 / Winnipeg Jets +130 (Total 6.5)
This is the second of three meetings. On Jan. 15, Winnipeg was a 4-1 home winner over Vegas. Laurent Brossoit, Winnipeg’s backup goalie, stopped a franchise-record 26 shots in the second period and made a season-high 43 saves in the win. Vegas outshot the Jets 10-9 in the first period and 26-7 in the second. The previous franchise record for saves in a period was 25 by former goalie Ondrej Pavelec in January 2017.
Kyle Connor scored a short-handed goal and added an empty-net goal for Winnipeg. Mathieu Perreault scored and Mark Scheifele had an empty-net goal for Winnipeg. Scheifele added an assist and Blake Wheeler contributed a pair. Brandon Pirri scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for Vegas.
Why Bet on Winnipeg?
The Winnipeg Jets are on its second three-game losing streak of the month, getting embarrassed 7-1 at Colorado on Wednesday to start a three-game road trip. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Calvert scored 11 seconds apart in the third period, and Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves. Colorado has won two in a row for the first time since late November. In addition, MacKinnon’s power-play goal snapped an 0-for-29 dry spell on the man advantage.
The only score Varlamov allowed was to Kyle Connor in the third period with Colorado staked to a 4-0 lead. The 22-year-old finished the night with a minus-2 rating and one shot on goal in 18:59 of ice time. Connor now has 23 goals and 45 points in 60 games this season.
Connor Hellebuyck allowed all seven goals on 46 shots — this game was actually scoreless after one period. Hellebuyck has a 26-17-2 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .909 save percentage this season. He’s dropped back-to-back starts and he’s given up 11 goals in those two games.
Captain Blake Wheeler felt like his team gave up: “It looked like we kind of gave up, so that’s disappointing. Throughout everything during my time here, even when we didn’t make the playoffs, we had teams that didn’t make the playoffs that competed and never gave up. Even when we were out of the playoffs, there was something to play for. We had a group that played hard. We left our goalie out to dry again and that’s a reflection with leadership and it starts at the top. It’s a good time for an awakening for our team.”
Recently, the Jets have looked a bit lethargic, fighting to find their skating legs. During the final quarter of the season, the team will be focusing on cleaning things up in their own zone. The Jets are without top defenseman Dusty Byfuglien as he didn’t join the team on the road trip due to an upper-body injury.
- Goals: 3.38
- Shots: 31.68
- PP/PK Percentage: 24.73
- Goals: 2.97
- Shots: 33.58
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.63
Why Bet on Vegas?
The Vegas Golden Knights lost a second in a row on Wednesday, 3-2 in a shootout at home to scorching-hot Boston. In the sixth round of the shootout, David Backes skated in stick side on veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and scored the game-winner low-glove side. Vegas fell to 3-6-1 in February and 3-8 since Jan. 21. The Golden Knights, who have been outscored 40-27 during their 11-game skid, are 1-5-1 in their last seven games at home.
William Karlsson was the lone player for the Knights to score in the shootout. Oscar Lindberg was stopped by Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak before Backes’ winner.
Reilly Smith and Nate Schmidt scored for Vegas, while Fleury finished with 25 saves. Fleury has lost four in a row and seven of his last nine starts. He has allowed 19 goals in the last five starts and 28 in the nine-game span. The 34-year old’s record dropped to 29-18-5 this season, but his GAA and save percentage improved to 2.60 and .908, respectively.
The Golden Knights sent Colin Miller to the bench after one of the defenseman’s worst NHL games. The benching came two days after Miller was on the ice for every goal in a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche and his minus-3 rating tied the worst of his career. The move happened days before the league’s Feb. 25 trade deadline, but coach Gerard Gallant said it came from the team’s coaching staff and not the front office.
The Golden Knights lost 12 home games during their inaugural season. They surpassed that total with Wednesday’s loss. The Knights, who opened a four-game homestand, fell to 17-9-4 at T-Mobile Arena after posting a 28-10-2 home mark last season.
- Goals: 2.94
- Shots: 33.89
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.93
- Goals: 2.82
- Shots: 28.98
- PP/PK Percentage: 16.57
Jets vs Golden Knights NHL Betting Trends
- Under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings
- Winnipeg is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
- Winnipeg is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg’s last 5 games on the road
- Vegas is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
- Vegas is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vegas’s last 5 games at home
Expert NHL Betting Pick
Winnipeg Jets 2 – Vegas Golden Knights 3