A Meaningless Affair
The Jets host the Bruins at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with the opening face-off slated for 8:05 PM ET. According to NHL betting odds Boston is a -170 money line road favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Boston has gone 17-5 in their last 22-games overall versus Winnipeg. However, the Jets have won 5 of their last 6 at home against the Bruins. These teams have seen 6 of their last 7 meetings stay under the total.
the Regular Season Already
The Boston Bruins have clinched both the Atlantic Division, and 1st overall in the Eastern Conference. The playoffs can’t start soon enough for a Boston team that’s main goal right now is avoiding injuries. The Bruins recent play has reflected that exact theme as they’ve gone just 1-3 in their last 4, although 2 of those 3 losses came in overtime. Boston has gone over the total in their last 3, and 5 of the last 6-games. The Bruins get much acclaim for their defensive prowess and rightfully so. It would be easy to overlook the fact that they’re 3rd in the NHL averaging 3.2 goals per game. Boston has gone under the total in only 5 of their last 26 away games. The Bruins are a rock solid 23-16 versus the money line on the road this season.
out the String
The Winnipeg Jets have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff for over a week now. They can look at their play on home ice in recent weeks as a major contributor as to why they plummeted from playoff contention so rapidly. The Jets are 2-8 versus the money line in their last 10 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, and 1-7 in the last 8 at home versus opponents with a winning record. The Jets are coming off a 1-0 home loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday. Despite that score, they’ve gone over the total in 5 of their last 7 overall, and have gone under the total in just 10 of the last 33 at home. Following tonight the Jets will close their regular season with a game at Calgary tomorrow evening.
Any road team in the 2nd half of the season that has a +0.65 or better goals per game differential, and they’ve seen a combined 7-goals or more scored in each of their previous 2-games, has gone over the total in 37 of 52-games (71.2%) during the last 5 seasons. Bet for this game to over the total of 5.5 for your NHL picks.
Hockey Pick: Boston/Winnipeg to go over the total of 5.5