Jets vs. Coyotes NHL Picks: Back Winnipeg -116 To End Their Road Struggles

Bruce Webster

Thursday, December 31, 2015 1:28 PM GMT

The Jets will travel to the Gila River Arena on Wednesday evening for a matchup versus the struggling Coyotes. The Jets were able to build some momentum at home, winning tough games versus the Penguins and Red Wings to extend their win streak at the MTS Center to three games.

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NHL Pick: Jets -116

Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Are The Jets Ready To Break Out?
The Jets have struggled mightily on the road as of late, winning just once in their past 12 contests away from home (1-10-1). The Jets remain in last place in the Central Division standings with 36 points through 36 games.

The Winnipeg Jets elevated their collective effort in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings to give them their second win in a row against the NHL odds before heading out on a five-game Western Conference road trip. The Jets will need to reverse their recent road spell in order to win three games in a row for the first time this season. Winnipeg has won consecutive games six times this year, but has yet to manage a meager three-game win streak. Jets head coach Paul Maurice says that center Mark Scheifele has not experienced any setbacks in his recovery from a concussion. While the Jets are in last place in the Central Division, the underlying numbers suggest the Jets could be ready to break out and compete for a Wild Card spot in 2016.

 

Boedker Giving Coyotes Boost in OT
The Arizona Coyotes lost a high-scoring affair against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, falling by the score of 7-5. The Coyotes rank among the NHL-leaders in goals per game, but leave a lot to be desired elsewhere. Arizona ranks in the bottom-tier of the NHL in goals against, power play percentage, penalty kill percentage, and 5v5 Corsi%. Arizona has gotten a major boost from winger Mikkel Boedker so far this season. Boedker leads the team in points (29), goals (12), and assists (17). His skill set has helped Arizona in the extra three-on-three session as well, as Boedker has netted three OT-winners on the year.

 

Trends:
The Winnipeg Jets are:

7-1 in the last 8 meetings.

The Arizona Coyotes are:

6-17 in their last 23 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.

16-48 in their last 64 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.

11-40 in their last 51 vs. Central.

 

Betting Analysis
The Jets have to reverse their road woes. Winnipeg has built some momentum heading into their road trip and the Jets look ready to breakout heading into the New Year. I’m leaning towards the Jets on the road with my NHL picks on Thursday night.