An important game in both conference playoff races on Friday night when the Winnipeg Jets makes its only visit of the year to the Carolina Hurricanes. The Jets are battling for the Central Division title out West, while the Hurricanes are fighting for one of the East’s wild-card spots and are slight NHL lines favorites here.
Jets vs Hurricanes NHL Spread & Pick for Friday Night
🎥 Paul Maurice gives an update on Bryan Little and Adam Lowry, shares his thoughts on Carolina and more. pic.twitter.com/blUlBWuo1g— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) 7 de marzo de 2019
- When: Friday, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh
- TV: NHL Center Ice
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- Radio: TuneIn/NHL
- NHL Spread: Carolina Hurricanes -165 / Winnipeg Jets +140 (Total 6.5)
Winnipeg looks for the sweep as it was a 3-1 home winner over Carolina on Oct. 14. Bryan Little broke a tie with 2:09 left. Patrick Laine opened the scoring for the Jets at 4:14 of the third period, and Kyle Connor added an empty-net goal with a second left. Backup goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped 42 shots for the victory, allowing only Micheal Ferland’s tying goal. Petr Mrazek made 23 saves for the Hurricanes.
Why Bet on Winnipeg?The Jets were 5-2 losers at Tampa Bay on Tuesday, but then again no one beats the Lightning. Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba scored for Winnipeg, which fell to 2-3 in the past five games. Patrik Laine had a sweet backhand feed to Wheeler on a Jets power play to set up Winnipeg’s captain for a tap-in. It’s Wheeler’s eighth point in his last three games, with goals in three straight (six) and totaling 18 goals and 81 points in 66 games this season.
Laurent Brossoit stopped one of two shots in Tuesday’s loss. Brossoit came into the game briefly to replace starter Connor Hellebuyck after the latter took a puck off the helmet. The goal Brossoit allowed to Steven Stamkos stood up as the winner, handing him the loss despite playing just 3:16. Brossoit saw his record fall to 11-5-2 with a 2.53 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage.
Hellebuyck had to leave the ice briefly for repairs after he was cut by a Nikita Kucherov one-timer with 5:49 left in the second period. He didn’t experience any concussion symptoms and had no lingering effects after taking the shot to the forehead. Hellebuyck was able to finish the game and he stopped 32 of 36 shots.
The Jets have played 32 road games this season, which is tied for fourth-fewest in the NHL but is in a stretch of seven of nine games away from Bell MTS Place. Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring on the road this season with 35 points (9G, 26A) in 32 games. Laine leads the Jets with 19 goals on the road.
The Jets are 3-1-1 in their past five games against an Eastern Conference opponent. Wheeler (8G, 25A) leads the Jets with 33 points in 27 games against the Eastern Conference. The Jets are 16-9-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 10-3-0 against the Metropolitan Division. Each of the last 13 meetings between Winnipeg and Carolina has been decided by two goals or less.
- Goals: 3.39
- Shots: 31.62
- PP/PK Percentage: 25.48
- Goals: 3.00
- Shots: 33.76
- PP/PK Percentage: 21.74
Why Bet on Carolina?
The Hurricanes had a five-game winning streak snapped in 4-3 OT loss at red-hot Boston on Tuesday. Jake DeBrusk stole the puck deep in Carolina’s zone and made a centering pass to David Krejci for the game-winner 1:46 into overtime. Chris Wanger and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit.
Sebastian Aho scored two goals in the loss. He opened the scoring after Calvin De Haan’s shot took a deflection off him in the opening period. The Finnish winger’s second of the night was stellar, splitting the defense before going backhand and five-hole on Jaroslav Halak. The 21-year-old Aho is riding a four-game goal streak (five goals), bringing him to 29 on the year with 75 points in 66 games.
Nino Niederreiter is on a three-game point streak. Niederreiter registered an assist Tuesday and has 18 goals and 42 points in 66 games in 2018-19. Since being acquired by the Hurricanes, he’s recorded 19 points in 20 contests.
Curtis McElhinney allowed four goals on 38 shots. McElhinney was huge in the third period, keeping the Hurricanes in the game long enough to find the game-tying goal and force overtime. McElhinney saw the two-game winning streak come to an end, and his record falls to 17-7-2 with a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage.
The Hurricanes have registered a record of 21-6-2 (44 points) over their last 29 games, which is tied for the most wins and points by any team in the NHL since 12/31. Carolina ranks first in the NHL with 108 goals in those 29 games (3.72 per game), and they have posted a shooting percentage of 11.7% in those games after scoring on 6.5% of their shots through their first 37 games this season.
Justin Williams has recorded 36 points (17g, 19a) in 51 career games against Winnipeg/Atlanta, while Jordan Staal has posted 24 points (15g, 9a) in 33 games in the series.
- Goals: 3.02
- Shots: 34.82
- PP/PK Percentage: 17.21
- Goals: 2.73
- Shots: 28.18
- PP/PK Percentage: 18.32
Jets vs Hurricanes NHL Betting Trends
- Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings
- Under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Carolina
- Favorite is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings
- Winnipeg is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Carolina
- Winnipeg is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Carolina
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Winnipeg’s last 6 games when playing Carolina
- Carolina is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
- Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Carolina’s last 6 games
Expert NHL Betting Prediction
Winnipeg Jets 2 – Carolina Hurricanes 3