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The Winnipeg Jets are in the middle of a long homestand and have a steady record of getting results against visitors from the west coast. The Jets are a -150 home favourite while the San Jose Sharks are a +130 away underdog with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Friday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Winnipeg is 5-2 over seven games against San Jose with the total finishing UNDER five times at betting sites, and the Jets are also 13-6 in their last 19 home games against the Pacific Division with the total going UNDER 12 times. The Sharks have won their last two games as a road underdog, but are 7-13 this season as a road underdog with the total finishing UNDER 13 times.
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The Sharks are 24-28-4 this season, including a 1-4 away record against Central Division teams. San Jose is actually 13th among the 31 NHL teams in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (50.1 percent), but the absence of star forwards Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl has compromised their capability of controlling play and finishing scoring opportunities. The Sharks are 28th in goals scored (2.59) and are also 28th in goals against (3.32). Their power play is ranked 23rd (16.8 percent) and their penalty killing is a bright spot, ranking first in the league (85.6).
Backup goalie Aaron Dell is confirmed as San Jose’s starter. Dell has an 11-11-2 record with a 2.88 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.
The Jets are 29-24-5 after a 4-1 home loss against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. The defeat was not from a lack of trying as the Jets had 43 shots on goal, including 13 combined from Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine. They have benefited from extra prep time between games, going 12-7-3 with two days between games. Winnipeg is 23rd in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (48.3 percent). The Jets are 18th in goals scored (2.95 per game) and 14th in goals against (3.02). On special teams, the power play is ranked 17th (19.3 percent) but the penalty killing unit is ranked 29th (74.8).
Connor Hellebuyck, who has a 24-17-5 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .919 save percentage, is expected to start in goal. Interestingly enough, Hellebuyck has thrived this season against the Pacific Division, posting a 1.80 GAA and .949 save percentage over 11 starts.
The Jets host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday and Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday to conclude their six-game homestand.