Jets, Wild Will Fly 'Over' Total on Tuesday

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Dana Lane

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 4:10 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 4:10 PM GMT

The Winnipeg Jets, who have dominated opponents early in games, fly to Minnesota to take on the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET.

Free NHL Pick: Over 5.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild

As stated on the "Ice Guys Show" this morning, I’m backing the Wild in this one but have an equally strong opinion on the total.

Both the Winnipeg and Minnesota are coming off of wins against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, but it’s the Jets who put up an impressive seven goals against the Pens on Sunday. Yes, I know the majority of time Paul Maurice’s team was facing Casey DeSmith, who was making his NHL debut after the Jets scored four early goals to chase Matt Murray. Regardless of the netminder, seven goals on any team is impressive.

The Jets have found major success early in games this season outscoring their opponents 16-8 in the 1st period. Blake Wheeler opened the Penguins game with a 1st-period hat trick for the Jets' explosive top line. Wheeler now has 12 points in 11 games along with a +3, Mark Scheifele quietly has 11 points in 10 games, and Kyle Connor has chipped in with 4 points in 5 games and a +3 since his call-up from the Manitoba Moose. It’s reasonable to count on the Jets to give us a solid head start on our wager.

Speaking of giving us a solid start on the ‘over’, Steve Mason will likely get the start for the Jets between the pipes and word has come down that Alex Stalock will start for the Wild. Mason has yet to get a victory in four appearances. There is no way I’m going to look to an 'under' with a goaltender who comes in with a goals against just under five (4.84) and a save percentage of .872. He has always seemed like a guy who loses focus allowing some horrific goals that most NHL goalies would easily make stops on. Stalock’s GAA is a bit high for me at 2.90 mostly due to his inconsistent play; when it’s all said and done, we have two goalies that have the potential to give up scores in bunches.

Not an impactful move, but on the injury front it appears that Nino Niederreiter will return to the Wild lineup, taking his left wing position on the second line with Eric Staal and Luke Kunin. Niederreiter adds another 20-goal guy to the Wild, but you know how I feel about getting too excited about guys coming back early on. Still, his arrival could have an offensive impact if he’s 100% after suffering an ankle injury that caused him to miss six games.

From a trend perspective, the Jets have been an ‘over’ bet almost automatically with 37 of their last 55 games going 'over'.

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