The Jets will be looking for home comforts this month and after taking down (and shutting out) the Coyotes in their first December game they will be looking  to bust their four game losing streak against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

The Winnipeg Jets (who are now 10-11-4) opened the month with a 1-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. It was hardly an emphatic win but that didn’t stop it being a big deal.  "That was huge," Jets winger Blake Wheeler said. "We've learned that the two biggest things when you have a lead in the third period are: make them come 200 feet at you and get the puck in deep; and stay out of the penalty box." The Coyotes managed just six shots on goal in the final period after totalling 27 in periods one and two.

Evander KaneBryan Little scored the only goal of the game in the first period and Jets ‘keeper, Ondrej Pavelec recorded 33 saves in just his second shutout of the season. It was the perfect confidence boost for the goalie ahead of the visit by New Jersey as he’s lost in his last three starts against the Devils, allowing three goals each time.

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The Over/Under on this match is a tough one to call with the sportsbooks offering -130 on Under 5.5 and +110 on Over 5.5 in the NHL odds. The victory over the Coyotes was the Jets’ lowest scoring game for quite some time with their last six games averaging seven goals per game. It looks like the Jets defense has turned a corner, in their last two games (both losses) they allowed their opponents (the Senators and the Bruins) 42 and 43 shots on goal. It was a similar story with power plays as those two losses saw two power play goals from ten chances, while against the Coyotes it was 0 for 2.

Home advantage also favours the Jets as they have won four of their last five on home ice, and are getting comfortable ahead of a December run that sees them play nine out of their next ten in Winnipeg. “This is a month that we can really use this time to develop a lot of different things because come January, February, March, we need to really know exactly what we're doing, where we're going and how are we going to get there," coach Claude Noel said.

But what about the Devils?

Despite being 0-2-2 in its last four meetings with New Jersey, (including a 3-2 overtime loss at the Prudential Center a month ago) Winnipeg could hand the Devils a season-high fourth straight loss. Friday saw the Devils fall 4-2 at Minnesota despite outshooting the Wild 31-16. Shots are all well and good but it’s goals that count and Minnesota scored three from their first four shots. The Devils even had the brighter start when Zach Parise opened the scoring 2:54 into the game, but just 20 seconds later Dany Heatley raced down the right side and beat Martin Brodeur to level the scores. The first period ended 3-2 to the Wild but the Devils never got back on top.

I’m very tempted to back the first period on Saturday night to have the most goals. You can pick up odds of +225 on that from the bookies. The Devils have the better overall form with 12 wins (out of 24 games) compared to the Jets’ ten wins (from 25). Still recent form favours the home side and in my NHL picks, I’m backing a Winnipeg win.

Prediction: Jets win 3-2 at+1000.