NHL Picks: Bet A More Consistent Jets To Win Against Avalanche

Bruce Webster

Monday, January 18, 2016 1:57 PM GMT

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 1:57 PM GMT

The Colorado Avalanche will try to get back on track as they face the Winnipeg Jets on the road Monday night. Join us inside as we present our free NHL pick for this matchup.

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NHL Pick: Winnipeg -134
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Colorado Avalanche Looks For Wins
Colorado has slumped again with three losses in four games. The Avalanche stands just one point behind Nashville for the second and final wild card spot. The Avalanche is 12 points behind the Blues for third place in the Central Division. Colorado enters this game 7th in the league in scoring with 2.8 goals per game and 24th in goals against as they allow 2.8 per contest. The Avalanche is currently 8th with the man advantage as they score on 20.5 percent of their power play chances. Colorado stands 14th in penalty killing as they successfully kill off 80.3 percent of their shorthanded situations.

The Avalanche didn’t do much offensively in their loss to the Blue Jackets despite outshooting Columbus 30-21. Colorado found itself in a 1-0 hole after the opening stanza. The Avalanche knotted the game at one at the 6:02 mark of the second period on Chris Wagner’s 4th goal of the year. Jarome Iginla and Chris Bigras drew the assists on the lone Colorado goal. The score was tied 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. In the third period, the Avalanche outshot the Blue Jackets 11-10 but Jack Johnson’s goal at 18:53 gave Columbus the win. Calvin Pickard had 19 saves for the Avalanche but fell to 2-1-0. Semyon Varlamov is expected to be between the pipes for Colorado in this contest.

 

Winnipeg Jets Trying To Climb Out of Central Division Basement
Winnipeg is currently in the basement of the Central Division. Despite that, the Jets are only three points out of the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. The Jets are 14th in the league scoring 2.6 goals per game. The problem is, Winnipeg is 25th in goals against as they give up 2.8 goals per contest. The Jets have the second worst power play in the league as they convert only 15.7 percent of their chances with the man advantage. Winnipeg currently is 26th in the league in penalty killing as they successfully kill off just 77.4 percent of their shorthanded situations.

The Jets have scored two goals or less in five of their last seven games yet has managed to go 3-3-1 in that span. Winnipeg’s win over Minnesota was a prime example of inconsistent offense. Blake Wheeler scored the games only goal at the 3:07 mark of the opening period on an assist from Bryan Little. Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 24 Minnesota shots to record his second shutout of the season and improved to 11-6-1 on the year. Ondrej Pavelec is finally skating after spraining his knee back on November 21. He could be back before the All Star break. Michael Hutchinson currently is the backup but Hellebucyk is expected to get the nod in net here once again. Let's check the latest trends & NHL odds.

 

Colorado Trends
2-5 in their last seven vs. teams with a losing record
1-4 in their last five vs. a team that allowed two goals or less in their last game

Winnipeg Trends
5-1 in their last six vs. a team that allowed two goals or less in their last game
5-2 in their last seven after scoring two goals or less
7-3 in their last 10 at home

 

Betting Analysis
Winnipeg has won two straight and Hellebuyck has been on fire in net, posting a 2.00 GAA in his 18 appearances this season. He’s really stabilized the goaltending situation for the Jets at this point. It remains to be seen what happens with Pavelec as he likely has been supplanted as the starter between the pipes. Colorado has struggled of late and the Avalanche doesn’t impress anyone at the moment. Varlamov will try to stop the bleeding but the Jets get the victory. Take Winnipeg as the NHL pick for tonight.

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