by OddsShark (@OddsShark)
The Winnipeg Jets may have recaptured the mojo that made them a solid road team in the playoffs a year ago, as they try to create a best-of-three series.
The Jets are a +130 away underdog (bet $100 to win $130) while the St. Louis Blues are a -150 home favourite (bet $150 to win $100) on the NHL betting lines for Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, while there is a 5.5-goal total.
The road team has won every game so far in the best-of-seven series with the Blues holding a 2-1 lead. Winnipeg is 4-3 in its last seven playoff games as a road underdog, while St. Louis is 3-6 in its last nine playoff games as a home favourite. Moreover, the Jets are 9-2 in their last 11 away games against the Blues.
On Sunday, Winnipeg got a desperately needed 6-3 win to get back into the series. Kyle Connor scored two goals and Patrik Laine scored for the third consecutive game. Dustin Byfuglien, Kevin Hayes and Brandon Tanev also tallied for the Jets. David Perron, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko scored for St. Louis.
There is a strong OVER trend in the Jets’ playoff history as a road team, with eight of their last 11 away games during the ‘second season’ having gone OVER. The OddsShark NHL Database also notes the Jets are 6-2 in their last eight games as a road underdog in games that finished OVER. The Blues are 5-3 in their last eight games as a home favorite in games that went OVER.
Although Mark Scheifele has yet to score in the series, his line with the aforementioned Connor and Blake Wheeler has a combined nine points, whereas the Blues’ top unit of Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Schenn and the aforementioned Vladimir Tarasenko has just two. The bottom line is if the Jets can continue to generate shot attempts from the higher-percentage areas like they did in Game 3, there’s a good chance they can tie up the series.
Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck has a 3.06 goals-against average and .897 save percentage so far in the playoffs. The Blues’ Jordan Binnington has a 3.36 GAA and .880 save percentage.
Special teams-wise, over its last 10 games Winnipeg has cashed in on 22.50 percent of its power plays while defending 85.71 percent of its penalty kills. A pair of power-play goals in Game 3 brought St. Louis up to 14.29 percent on the power play over the last 10 games, while the penalty kill is operating at 77.50 percent efficiency.
The series will return to Winnipeg for Game 5 on Thursday. Game 6, if necessary, would be back in St. Louis on Saturday.