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Jets at Avalanche 12/31/19 – Odds and NHL Betting Trends

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The Winnipeg Jets appear to be regressing defensively and in their fortunes as a road underdog ahead of a matchup with the NHL’s highest-scoring team. The Jets are the +165 underdog while the Colorado Avalanche are a -190 home favourite with a 6.0-goal total on the NHL odds for Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Jets have had difficulty winning at the Pepsi Center in Denver, going 2-9 in their last 11 away games against the Avalanche with the total finishing UNDER seven times at sports betting sites. Winnipeg is 5-2 in its last seven games as an away underdog, but has lost the two most recent games in that sample. The Avalanche are 6-3 in their last nine home games against Central Division opponents.

Jets at Avalanche | OddsShark Matchup Report

The Jets are 21-15-3 this season, but are only 1-4 in their last five away games. Centers Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler were both shut out during a 4-1 loss against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday as the Jets, ranked 23rd in the 31-team NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (48.5 percent), struggled to generate scoring chances. The Jets are 17th in goals scored (2.97) and 13th in goals against (2.95). While the Jets’ power play is ranked 18th (18.5 per cent), their penalty killing is dead last at 31st (72.3).

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Connor Hellebuyck has a 17-11-3 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and .923 save percentage, but has allowed three or more goals in four of his past five starts.

The Avalanche are 23-12-4 this season and are also 7-3 in their last 10 games as a moneyline favourite of -175 or deeper into minus money, according to the OddsShark NHL Database. Colorado and its Nathan MacKinnon-led attack had more than 40 shots on goal in each of their two recent outings to help move the Avalanche up to 16th in the NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (49.8 percent). As noted, Colorado leads the league in goals scored (3.59) and ranks 10th in goals against (2.85). On special teams, the power play is ranked 19th (18.2 per cent) and their penalty killing ranks 20th (79.8).

Philipp Grubauer, Colorado’s No. 1 goalie, has a 10-8-3 record with a 2.81 goals-against record and .915 save percentage. The Avalanche have lost in his last four starts, but Grubauer actually has a 2.63 GAA and .925 save percentage so far this month.

The Jets are back home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday and then visit the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

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