Jets Set to Get Road Win Against Pesky Hurricanes

jets hurricanes

Dana Lane

Sunday, March 4, 2018 5:28 PM UTC

Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 5:28 PM UTC

Winnipeg has won five of their past seven meetings at Carolina and its offense is cooking, but are the visitors the best bet tonight with your NHL picks?

Sunday NHL: Jets vs. HurricanesFree NHL Pick: Jets -108Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3216413, "sportsbooksIds":[19,1275,139,180,1096], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]

The Winnipeg Jets (38-17-9, 85 points, +44 goal differential) take their high-octane offense into Raleigh, North Carolina, to take on the Carolina Hurricanes (29-25-11, 69, -21) at PNC Arena. The Jets opened as -115 favorites on the NHL odds board but were quickly bet down to -108 at 5Dimes. Winnipeg won the prior matchup, 2-1 in October at home, despite attempting only 21 shots. Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and assist for the Jets.

Winnipeg has earned bettors 7.8 units of profit this season, while Carolina has lost backers 11.7 units.

Top 10 Power Rankings: Winnipeg No. 8; Carolina NR

Key Statistics: Winnipeg 3.36 goals per game (third); Carolina 34.1 shots per game (fifth)

All-Time Series: Carolina leads 50-33-4 overall (22-20-1 home)

Series Records This Decade: Winnipeg leads 16-15-0 overall (10-5-0 road)

[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "

Morning Skate in Carolina! pic.twitter.com/SAzX9QlQWj

— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) March 4, 2018
\n\n"}[/]

The Hurricanes are on a two-game winning streak with victories over New Jersey and Philadelphia, outscoring them by a combined score of 7-2. Before that they took Boston to overtime but lost 4-3.

What makes the Jets effective on offense is not what they do 5-on-5, but what they do on the power play; only Pittsburgh has a more effective special teams unit. It’s hard to imagine the Hurricanes will not give up at least one or two goals to a unit that features Patrik Laine, Dustin Byfuglien at the point with Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, and newly acquired Paul Stastny. Combined over their last five games they’ve scored 29 points. To give you an idea of how good the Jets are offensively, Laine and Stastny are playing on the Jets' third line. That’s depth and I can’t go against that tonight with my NHL picks.

Carolina goaltender Cam Ward (19-9-4, .910, 2.60) was forced to make just 25 saves in Friday's 3-1 win over New Jersey; he’ll probably be more active tonight. Ward is just 3-3 when needing to make 30 saves or more. Against the Jets, who average 32 shots and 3.36 goals per game, I don’t have the confidence in Ward I need to back the Hurricanes.

His crease opponent will be Connor Hellebuyck (33-10-8, .921, 2.40), who needs a quality outing after allowing nine goals in his past two games combined, against Detroit and Nashville. Even with his mini slide, it’s hard not to like Hellebuyck with his 6-foot-4, 207-pound frame and the fact he finally seems to be embracing and exceeding the expectations put on him.

Between the two goalies, I’m much more confident with Hellebuyck to back of his explosive offense.

comment here