Jets To Bounce Back And Rout Red Wings In Detroit

Jimmy Murphy

Thursday, October 25, 2018 6:56 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 6:56 PM UTC

Coming off a tough 4-2 loss at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Detroit Red Wings will be just what the doctor ordered for the Winnipeg Jets Friday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Take the puck line and the over in what should be a Jets’ romp of the Red Wings.

Murphy: 17-12-2

Winnipeg at DetroitFriday 7:30 PM ETFree NHL Picks: Jets Puck Line, OverBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The Detroit Red Wings may have gone 1-1-0-0 against the Winnipeg Jets last season and outscored them 8-5, but this is an even worse Red Wings team, mired in a rebuild, and an even better Jets squad, favored by many to win the Stanley Cup. These are two teams headed in very different directions as their records indicate and that’s why they are at complete opposite ends of the Stanley Cup future odds spectrums. Detroit came into the season at +20,000 and after their horrendous 1-6-2 start (worst in the NHL), they’re now +25,000.

Meanwhile, the Jets came in as the odds on favorite to hoist Lord Stanley in June at +850 and are now +750 over at BetOnline. Expect the high-powered and well balanced Jets to do what every team seems to be doing to the Red Wings this season and that’s win big. The puck line and the over are the plays here.

Winnipeg (6-3-1) is 6-4 against the spread and 1-2 on the road. The Jets have scored 31 goals and allowed 28. They’re 3-5-2 on the over/under and 0-1-2 on the road. Winnipeg is 4-6 on the puck line and 1-2 on the road.

Forward Mark Scheifele leads the team in goals with 5 lamplighters and points with 10. Captain Blake Wheeler has the most assists with 7 helpers. The Jets have gotten plenty of offense from the blue line too and that has been a key to their success thus far as Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey both have a goal and 6 assists.

The Red Wings are yet to win on home ice, going 0-2-1 at Little Caesar’s Arena so far. Detroit is 1-8 against the spread and 0-3 at home. The Red Wings have scored 20 goals and allowed a league worst 39 lamplighters. They’re 5-4-0 on the over/under and 1-2-0 at home. The Wings are 3-6 on the puck line and 1-2 at home.

Dylan Larkin leads the team in goals with 4 lamplighters and points with 7. Gustav Nyquist leads in assists with 6 helpers to go along with one goal. Rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski has been a bright spot in this thus far dismal season for Detroit as he has 2 goals and 3 assists.

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#NHLJets GOAL! 🚨 @MarkScheifele55 with the powerplay GOAL! Brings Jets within one!

3-2 Leafs | #GoJetsGo | #TORvsWPG pic.twitter.com/fppPPsBOz5

— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 25, 2018
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Goaltending Match-Up

For the visiting Jets, backup Laurent Brossoit is expected to get the start. Brossoit is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .955 save percentage. Starter and 2018 Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck is 4-3-0-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .907 save percentage.

For the Wings, the sacrificial lamb between the pipes Friday is expected to be Jimmy Howard who is 1-4-0 with a 3.23 GAA and .907 save percentage. Jonathan Bernier is 0-2-0 with a brutal 5.06 GAA and .833 save percentage.

M*A*S*H Report
  • The Jets are healthy.
  • For the Red Wings, defenseman Danny DeKeyser (hand) is day-to-day.
  • Forward Evgeny Svechnikov is day-to-day with a knee injury.
  • Forward Johan Franzen remains out indefinitely with a concussion.
  • Forward Henrik Zetterberg (back) is expected to miss most of the season and may retire.
  • Defenseman Mike Green will return from an illness and play Friday.

Prediction: Jets 6 Red Wings 1

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