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Dana Lane

Sunday, April 15, 2018 5:12 AM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018 5:12 AM UTC

Winnipeg has now won 6 of the last 7 meetings against Minnesota but may face some pushback Sunday as the home team has won four straight games.

Winnipeg Jets vs Minnesota Wild (Jets lead series 2-0)

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— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) April 14, 2018
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Game three of this series switches to the Xcel Energy Center where the Minnesota Wild has the league’s best home record at 27-6-8, 62pts. The Wild have always been a resilient group this season with a 14-4 record after losing their previous game by three goals or more. Unfortunately for Bruce Boudreau’s team, the Jets have proven to be the superior hockey team that shouldn’t be too concerned about going on the road. Paul Maurice’s club is in a position they’ve thrived in all year by getting right back on the ice after a win. When the Jets have just a single day to rest between games they are 41-17.

According to the SBR odds page the home ice advantage for the Wild is getting very little respect with the game opening -105 each way. Early wagering has yet to force the number to move much except at Bookmaker where their customers have made their opinion know by moving the number in favor of the Winnipeg Jets (-113). My recommendation would be to bet this game now because I don’t think there will be enough Minnesota money to move the line in our direction.

The total opened at 5.5, shaded to the ‘under’ (-125). This number has been the norm through two games with both producing uncomfortable ‘unders’. I anticipate the public will be on the ‘under’ again so if you like the other side wait until the last minute to wager.

This series has been the biggest mismatch of the first round. Not only do the Jets own a 2-0 series lead but the manner in which they’ve done it doesn’t give the Wild much hope to come back. Through six periods Winnipeg has outshot Minnesota 84-37 which averages out to 42-18.5. No there is no hope for Boudreau’s team if they don’t find a way to limit the Winnipeg chances. The Wild are getting crushed by the Jets blue-line depth, speed, and physicality.

The series has featured two games where the best players on the ice has been their defensemen, Dustin Byfuglien (1A, 2 PIM, 5 Shots, 4 hits, 22:36 TOI game one) paired with Josh Morrissey on the second pairing was the star in game one. Game two featured another stabilizing effort by the top pairing of Ben Chiarot (1A, +3, 5 PIM, 1 SOG, 3H, 3 BLK) and Jacob Trouba who contributed four shots on goal in just over 20 minutes of ice time. Overall, the Jets defensemen have outshot the Wild d-men 30-7. There is no doubt that the injury to Ryan Suter has hurt the Wild. His season-ending ankle surgery will mean a season-ending loss to the Jets if the Wild don’t find a way to stop the constant Winnipeg onslaught.

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