Two Hot Goalies Leads to ‘Under’ Call in Jets-Sharks

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Matthew Jordan

Monday, January 22, 2018 7:50 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 7:50 PM UTC

One team’s two-game winning streak will come to an end in the latest-starting game on Tuesday’s NHL slate as the Winnipeg Jets visit San Jose. It’s their final meeting of 2017-18.

Winnipeg Jets at San Jose SharksFree NHL Pick: Under 5.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Busy Tuesday schedule around the NHL with 24 of the league’s 31 teams in action ahead of the All-Star break this weekend. The latest game Tuesday with a 10:30 p.m. ET puck drop is Winnipeg at San Jose.

It’s the final meeting of the season between the Jets and Sharks, although it’s possible they could meet in the Western Conference playoffs. The Sharks won the first matchup at home on Nov. 25, 4-0. Martin Jones was deservedly named the No. 1 star with his 38 saves. Logan Couture had two goals (one a short-handed breakaway) as San Jose improved to 18-5-2-2 all-time against Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck was in net for the Jets.

On Jan. 7 in Winnipeg, the Jets won 4-1. Mathieu Perreault scored twice, yet wasn’t even one of the game’s three stars. Hellebuyck made 31 saves. Couture had a power-play goal for San Jose and Jones was in net. In his career, Jones is 3-3-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in seven games vs. Winnipeg but likely won’t be in there Tuesday. Hellebuyck has faced the Sharks five times and is 2-2-0 with a 1.74 GAA and .941 save percentage.

The Jets have won just four of their past 14 trips to San Jose.

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Jets Battling For Central Division Crown

The surprising Jets (28-13-7) are atop the Central Division, although leading Nashville by just a point and the Predators have three games in hand. At Sports Interaction, the Preds are +170 favorites for the division and the Jets +250. Winnipeg has followed a two-game losing streak with back-to-back wins behind terrific play in net from Hellebuyck. He beat the Flames in Calgary on Saturday, 2-1 in a shootout, and then played again in the second of a back-to-back on Sunday and beat the visiting Canucks 1-0. It was Hellebuyck’s fourth shutout of the season. He's 25-6-6 this season with a 2.29 goals against average and .926 save percentage. The wins are No. 2 in the NHL behind Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.

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With 59 saves, resulting in a .983 save percentage and a 0.48 goals-against average, Connor Hellebuyck is named @NHL Second Star of the Week! ⭐

Congrats Connor! 🎉


— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) January 22, 2018

Second-year Jets star Patrik Laine had the lone goal vs. Vancouver, his team-leading 21st. Winnipeg has six players with at least 14 goals. The team remains without No. 1 center Mark Scheifele with an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since late December but is still tied for second on the team with 38 points.

San Jose (26-14-6) has won two straight and five of six as it tries to stay within shouting distance of Pacific Division-leading Vegas. The Sharks are one of the NHL’s best defensive teams with a terrific duo in net in Jones and Aaron Dell. The latter has been in net the past two games with Jones dealing with a lower-body injury (he’s day-to-day) and somehow hasn’t suffered a regulation loss since Nov. 18, going 10-0-2 since then. Dell has yet to surrender more than two goals in consecutive appearances in his 40 career NHL games. Jones better get healthy ASAP or he might lose his job. He has posted an .886 save percentage since Dec. 2.

While the Jets have those six guys with at least 14 goals, the Sharks only have one: Couture with 17. Defenseman Brent Burns, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, is No. 1 on the team with 38 points (7 goals, 31 assists).

The ‘under’ has hit in seven straight Jets road games and in four of San Jose’s past five vs. teams with a winning record. Two good netminders here (it should be Dell again). ‘Under’ is the NHL pick.

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