NHL Picks Canucks vs. Jets to go Under

Ross Benjamin

Friday, January 31, 2014 3:48 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 3:48 PM GMT

The Jets host the Canucks on Friday at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with the opening faceoff slated for 8:35 PM ET. Let's take a look at the NHL odds to find our picks for this match-up.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets

According to NHL betting odds Winnipeg is a -120 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.5. Vancouver has won the last 4 meetings between these teams. These clubs haven’t seen any of their last 4 meetings go over the total.

Jets Waiting to Take Off

Borrowing a phrase from the great Yogi Berra, “it’s getting late early” for the Winnipeg Jets in regards to their playoff chances. Granted they still have 27 regular season games left in the season. However, they enter today last in the Central Division, and 13th overall in the Western Conference. The good news is that they’re just 8-points behind tonight’s opponent the Vancouver Canucks for the 8th and final playoff position in the Western Conference. On an additional positive note, they’ve won 6 of their last 8-games entering tonight’s game. Winnipeg has gone under the total in just 4 of their last 21 home games.

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Struggling Canucks

It’s been a tough go for the Vancouver Canucks over the last month. They’ve gone a dismal 4-11 versus the money line in their last 15-games. They come off a terrible performance in a 5-2 home loss versus Chicago on Wednesday night. That result marked the 3rd straight game in which Vancouver went over the total, and they’ve allowed 4 or more goals in each of those contests. The Canucks have also struggled offensively scoring 2-goals or less in 8 of their last 10-games. One of the biggest disappointments for the Canucks this season is their lack of production on the power play. Despite a plethora of offensively skilled players, Vancouver is 29th in the NHL converting on a miserable 13.6% of their man advantage situations. Tonight will be the Canucks 4th game in the last 6-days, and they’ve gone over the total in just 5 of their last 33-games in that exact situation.

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NHL Betting System

Let's take a look at some numbers before making our NHL picks. Any team (Vancouver) playing in the 2nd half of the season that’s gone over the total in their 3 or more games, and both teams in this game average between 2.5 to 2.9 goals per game, has gone under the total in 73 of those 115-games (63.5%) in the last 5 seasons.

Free Pick: Vancouver/Winnipeg to go under the total of 5.5

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