Wild at Jets 2018 NHL Playoffs Odds & Game 2 Preview

Posted by Jordan Walters on Thursday,April 12, 2018 1:04, EDT in

The Western Conference first-round series between the Central Division-rival Wild and Jets concludes its two-game stay in Winnipeg on Friday night before it switches to the Twin Cities. The Jets are NHL Playoffs odds favorites to take a 2-0 series lead.

Wild at Jets 2018 NHL Playoffs Odds & Game 2 Preview

When: Friday, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
TV: USA Network
Stream: NHL.tv
Radio: 100.3 FM (Minnesota) / 1290 AM (Winnipeg)
Opening NHL Playoffs Odds: Jets -193, Wild +173 (5.5)

Why Bet on Minnesota’s NHL Playoffs Odds?

Plagued by first-round exits, the Wild are hoping this year is their time to make a deep run behind a resurgent Eric Staal, who scored 42 goals this season.

However, Minnesota lost Game 1, 3-2 in Winnipeg. Devan Dubnyk allowed three goals on 40 shots. Dubnyk managed to keep the Wild in the game after they were outshot 13-4 in the opening period. Minnesota was leading 2-1 in the third period, but Patrik Laine and Joe Morrow eventually scored to lock down the opening game of the series for the Jets. Dubnyk will enter Game 2 with 3.12 goals-against-average and a .925 save percentage this postseason.

The Wild went into the third period trailing 1-0, but they managed to get goals from Matt Cullen and Zach Parise before the four-minute mark of the frame. Jordan Greenway made his NHL playoff debut Wednesday night and he registered one assist. Greenway had the primary helper on Cullen’s third-period marker, which tied the game at 1-1. Greenway also had two hits in 11:54 of ice time.

Tyler Ennis was a healthy scratch in Game 1. Greenway was in the lineup instead. Ennis had eight goals and 22 points in 73 games this season. Louie Belpedio and Ryan Murphy also were scratched. Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon returned after missing 12 games because of a partially torn hamstring. He had two hits and was minus-1 in 20:19. Fellow blueliner Matt Dumba played a game-high 30:03.

With Ryan Suter on the shelf, the Wild are heavy underdogs. To that extent, they might not be too shaken by being down 1-0 in this series.

Why Bet on Winnipeg’s NHL Playoffs Odds?

Is Winnipeg a safe bet in Game 2 vs. the Wild?

For the first time in Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets history, this team won a playoff game. Joe Morrow scored his first NHL playoff goal at 12:47 on a point shot that deflected off the stick of Wild forward Charlie Coyle for a 3-2 lead.

Down 2-1 in the third, the Jets answered quickly. Patrik Laine intercepted a puck and scored, then shortly after, Morrow sealed the Wild’s fate by getting a fortuitous bounce past Devan Dubnyk. After Laine tied the game, Minnesota was able to get only one shot on net the final 16 minutes.

“Nothing changed on the bench. The next guys over the boards had a job to do and then they did it and very quickly we got that game back to tied, which was real important to solidify the idea of something I think you’ve worked hard at all year, of playing the same shift after a goal,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice after going down 2-1.

Who Made Playoff History in Game 1?

Laine (19 years, 357 days) is the youngest player in franchise history to score a playoff goal, surpassing Adam Lowry (22 years, 18 days in 2015). Laine is also the youngest Finland-born player in NHL history to score a goal in the playoffs, surpassing Hannu Virta (20 years, 31 days in 1983).

Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 18 of 20 shots. This was his first career playoff win. Hellebuyck will enter Game 2 with a 2.02 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage this postseason.  Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien had a noticeable performance in Game 1. Byfuglien earned an assist on Mark Scheifele’s power-play goal and he threw some big hits in the contest. He was credited with four hits, five shots and two penalty minutes in 22:36 of ice time.

The Jets/ Thrashers franchise had been 0-8 in the postseason. The Thrashers were swept by the New York Rangers in the 2007 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, and the Jets were swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2015 Western Conference First Round. In Winnipeg’s own history, there hadn’t been a playoff victory on home ice in nearly 22 years. Winnipeg had a 4-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on April 21, 1996, in Game 3 of a series the original Jets lost in six games. The Jets have five players on their roster who began their NHL careers with the organization in Atlanta.

Latest NHL Betting Trends

  • Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Winnipeg.
  • Home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
  • Wild are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.
  • Wild are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Winnipeg.

Expert NHL Betting Prediction

The Wild were below .500 on the road this season so back the Jets for a 2-0 lead