Canadiens really shit the bed on us last night. Time to move forward.
Anaheim Ducks v. Winnipeg Jets (@Honda Center; Anaheim, CA)
Winnipeg is coming into its 3rd game in 4 days after looking slow last night and getting blown out by a Kings team who has troubles putting the puck in the net 5-2. Winnipeg also leads the league in penalties, and as you know – tired teams take more penalties. Jets have taken 256 penalties in 74 games (3.5 penalties a game) and even better; they’re 29th on the PK at a pretty bad 76.2% kill percentage. Anaheim is on a 2 game win streak and is the 5th best team at home (24-8-4) and (7-2-1) in last 10. The Jets are also without top defenseman Tyler Myers, backup goalie Ondrej Pavelec, and other top players Jacob Trouba and Tobias Enstrom. The tables are already turned on a mediocre away team who is (15-16-6) on the road and (5-4-1) in their last 10. The last meeting between these two sides ended 3-2 Ducks in Winnipeg. With a win here, Anaheim could tie for #1 in the Pacific. For a team like Winnipeg whos goalies don a .897 save pct collectively and give up a leagues 3rd worst 3.19 GA/G, this is not a good looking spot. The Ducks are great at keeping the rubber out of the net in the Honda center and rank a 2nd best in NHL 2.09 GA/G at home. The Jets also have the issue at the goaltender spot, do they start Hellebuyck again (when goalies playing in back to back games put up significantly worse numbers)? Or do they go with Hutchinson (who has a sub .900 save percentage so far this season)? Either option is great for the Ducks; ride them to an easy win here.
PICK: Anaheim Ducks to win in regulation. (-135)