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The Winnipeg Jets take a strong head-to-head trend into a matchup between two of the NHL’s stingiest teams.
The Jets are a slight -105 underdog against the -115 favourite Dallas Stars with a 5.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Winnipeg is 7-1 in its last eight home games against Dallas and is also 10-4 in its last 14 home games in December. The total has gone UNDER at sports betting sites in both seven of the Jets’ last 11 home games against the Central and six of the Stars’ last seven away games against the Central. The teams meet again in Dallas on Thursday.
Stars at Jets | OddsShark Matchup Report
The Stars are 15-10-3 this season, but have scored only three goals in as many games while going 0-2-1 over that stretch. Centers Tyler Seguin and Roope Hintz lead an offense that is 18th in the 31-team NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (49.57 percent). The Stars are 24th in the league in goals scored (2.64), but thanks in large part to Miro Heiskanen and John Klingberg they are third in goals against (2.36). Dallas has the 25th-ranked power play (15.4) and 11th-ranked penalty killing unit (83.5).
Anton Khudobin, who is 6-4-1 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .931 save percentage, is expected to start in goal for Dallas.
The Jets are 16-10-1 despite having a rash of injuries, particularly on the back end, where defensemen Nathan Beaulieu (upper body) and Dmitry Kulikov (upper body) are both sidelined. Centers Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler and their linemates have a tough matchup against Dallas as they lead an attack that ranks 22nd in the NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (48.56 percent), but Winnipeg has been scoring more consistently of late than the Stars, averaging 3.25 goals over their last eight games. The Jets are 21st in goals scored (2.78 per game) and seven in goals against (2.78). On special teams, they rank 24th in both power play (16.0) and penalty killing (75.8).
Laurent Brossoit started in the Jets’ most recent game, so No. 1 goalie Connor Hellebuyck should be back in net. Hellebuyck is 13-7-1 this season with a 2.23 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.
Following the return game against the Stars in Dallas on Thursday, the Jets will have two days off before a Sunday afternoon home game against the Anaheim Ducks.