Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers was a mess from the jump. The Winnipeg Jets allowed six goals on 42 shots against, which saw both Connor Hellebuyck and Eric Comrie spending time in goal.
There was one positive, though, forward Nikolaj Ehlers reached the 50-point mark by scoring his 26th goal of the season. Unfortunately, it was the only goal his team scored.
On the betting front, it was a disastrous night for me as I went 2-for-7 on the night. Let’s hope we can all bounce back Saturday versus the Tampa Bay Lightning.
What You Need to Know About the Jets
The Winnipeg Jets enter this contest with a 35-29-11 record and sit 19th overall in the NHL with 81 points.
Considering Hellebuyck was pulled from Friday’s game after the second period, it’s possible he receives the nod for a second straight game. Still, it’s also possible Comrie returns for the second half of this back-to-back series. The situation remains very fluid ahead of puck drop.
Michigan native Kyle Connor leads the Jets in scoring with 42 goals and 87 points. Centre Pierre-Luc Dubois leads the team in power-play goals (14).
Winnipeg will be without Mark Scheifele (upper body), Cole Perfetti (upper body) and Logan Stanley (undisclosed).
The last time the Jets and Lightning faced each other was on Mar. 8, when Winnipeg secured a 7-4 victory. Over the past 10 meetings between these two franchises, the Jets have performed to a 5-3-2 record.
What You Need to Know About the Lightning
The Lightning are having yet another successful season and appear to be threatening a three-peat. So far, they’re 45-21-8 and sit third in the Atlantic Division. They’ve locked up a playoff spot and will most likely face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round.
Back-up Brian Elliott is expected to start versus the Jets on Saturday. This season, the 37-year-old is rolling with a 9-3-3 record, a 2.23 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage.
Unlike Winnipeg, Tampa Bay’s roster is fully healthy and enters this contest with a clean injury report.
Captain Steven Stamkos leads the team in goals (32), assists (50) and points (82). Additionally, Stamkos is averaging 1.12 points per game in 2021-22.
Betting on Saturday’s Game
I’m betting with PointsBet and so should you!
Money Line: Lightning win at +200.
Easy Money: Stamkos scores two or more points at +160.
Over/Under: Under 5.5 total goals scored at +115.
Good Return: Paul Stastny scores anytime at +325.
Prop Bet: Lightning score in every period at +155.
Parlay: Los Angeles Kings ML, Dallas Stars ML and Philadelphia Flyers ML at +383.
Good luck and happy betting.
- Kyle Connor still has time to join the 50-goal club this season
- NHL postpones Wednesday’s contest between Jets, Kraken due to incoming blizzard
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