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#58 Winnipeg Jets 6
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 8:05pm EST
Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets

Where: Bell MTS Place

When: Friday, January 17, 2020, 8:00 pm ET

We have a non-conference matchup to consider for Friday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning meet the Winnipeg Jets for game two of their two-game season series. Tampa Bay lost game one of this series and is coming off a Thursday night loss to the Minnesota Wild. Winnipeg won game one of this series and is coming off a home shutout victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Bolts Lose to Minnesota

Tampa Bay has won three of its last five games and Friday marks the game two of a six-game road trip. The Lightning is 13-8-2 this season away from Tampa Bay and if the regular season were to end today the Lightning would be the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Lightning power-play unit is second in the NHL with a 27.4 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is fifth in the National Hockey League with an 83.1 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Andrei Vasilevskiy is scheduled to man the crease on Friday night and he has a 23-9-2 record with a 2.58 GAA and 91 percent save percentage. Vasilevskiy stopped 38 of 41 shots faced in a 4-3 shootout home victory over the Los Angeles Kings for his ninth consecutive victory in as many starts.

Dahlstrom Out Six Weeks

Winnipeg has won three of its last five games and if the regular season were to end today, the Wild would miss the playoffs by one point. Friday marks the end of a three-game homestand and the Jets boasts a home record of 11-10-2 this season. Defenseman Carl Dahlstrom broke his hand Tuesday night and will miss six weeks. A victory tonight gives Winnipeg a season series victory and a good start to a three-game road trip.

The Jets power-play unit is tenth in the NHL with a 21.7 percent success rate while the penalty kill unit is twenty-ninth in the National Hockey League with a 74.7 percent penalty kill rate this season.

Connor Hellebuyck will likely start between the pipes for Winnipeg and he is 21-13-4 this season with a 2.57 GAA and 92 percent save percentage. Hellebuyck stopped all 41 shots on goal in a 4-0 home win for his fourth shutout of the season.

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The Lightning should win this matchup on Friday night. They are the better team and will likely want to avenge an earlier season loss to Winnipeg. The Bolts have been playing extremely well and Vasilevskiy has won each of his last nine starts. The Lightning special teams have a distinct advantage and Hellebuyck is going to have his hands full against the Tampa Bay power play. I will side with Tampa Bay to defeat Winnipeg in this contest.

Prediction: Tampa Bay

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I will go with the UNDER in this one. We have good goaltending and two hot goaltenders that should thwart plenty of shots on Friday night. The Jets penalty kill unit isn’t very good and that’s probably where the scoring on Friday night will take place. The Lightning has a strong penalty kill unit and is facing a Jets offense that takes the twentieth least amount of shots on goal per game. I will play UNDER in this contest.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.