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#5 Winnipeg Jets 6 vs.
#6 Chicago Blackhawks -110
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
United Center, Chicago
Written by David Hess

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Sunday evening on the NHL ice and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the Winnipeg Jets grapple with the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. These teams have split the first two meetings this year. Winnipeg enters this game at 25-23 on the year while the Blackhawks are 20-26 so far.

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The Jets Get Zapped By The Lighting

The Winnipeg Jets have had an up-and-down season so far and right now, they are not playing all that well. They enter this game off a 7-1 home loss to the red-hot Lightning and have now lost three of their last four games and nine of their last 14. The Jets currently stand at 14 points out of first in the Central Division and three points out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. The Jets are a team that has plenty of offensive firepower on it but they have been below average in scoring and have averaged just 2.50 gpg over their last eight games and they have scored just five goals in their last three games. They will look to get their offense back on track in this one.

Winnipeg fell behind Tampa Bay 3-0 at the end of the first period and they were never able to recover the rest of the way. Scoring their lone goal was Jack Roslovic, which was his 9th of the year. Taking the loss was Connor Hellebuyck, who allowed five goals on 12 shot attempts before being relived in favor of Laurent Brossoit, who allowed two goals on 14 shot attempts the rest of the way. Hellebuyck will be in the crease in this one and he is now 21-18 with a 2.67 GAA on the year while on the road he has gone 11-7 with a 2.62 GAA. In his career, he has gone 56-48 with a 2.69 GAA on the road and 23-18 with a 2.59 GAA during the month of January, plus 9-5 with a 2.44 GAA against the Blackhawks.

Chicago Is Making A Run

The Chicago Blackhawks have spent a lot of time in the basement of the Central Division but they have been playing better of late and have moved into 5th place in the Division. Chicago is still 16 points out of first but they are just five points out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff standings. The Blackhawks enter this game having won their last four in a row and 10 of their last 14 and a big reason for their turnaround has been the play at the defensive end of the ice, especially of late. Chicago has allowed just 2.28 gpg over their last seven games and a total of seven goals during their current winning streak. They will look to keep it rolling against a Winnipeg team that has had their issues on offense of late.

The Blackhawks are off of a 6-2 road win over Toronto and scoring in the win was Drake Caggiula, which was his 5th of the year, Jonathan Toews, who scored twice and now has 14 on the year, Brandon Saad, which was his 12th of the year and Dominik Kubalik, who scored twice and now has 20 on the year.Snatching up the win was Corey Crawford, who stopped 31 of the 33 shots that he faced to improve to 9-15 with a 2.96 GAA on the year while here at home he has gone 5-9 with a 2.92 GAA. In his career, Crawford has gone 136-101 with a 2.34 GAA in his home games and 38-35 with a 2.38 GAA during the month of January, plus 9-10 with a 2.56 GAA against the Jets.

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I will go with the Blackhawks in this one. They have been playing much better of late and that leads to confidence. The Jets have not been playing very well, especially on offense as they have averaged just 2.50 gpg over their last eight games. That is not good news for them as the Blackhawks have been hot in the crease of late, allowing a total of seven goals in their last four games. Chicago has the momentum right now and their play at the defensive end of the ice will be the difference in this one. Take Chicago to extend their winning streak to five games in a row.

Prediction: Chicago -112

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The Jets have been struggling on offense of late as they have averaged just 2.50 gpg over their last eight games and they have scored just five total goals in their last three games. The Blackhawks had their issues on offense over most of the year but they have locked it down at that end of the ice, allowing just 2.28 gpg over their last seven games and just seven total goals in their last four. Connor Hellebuyck has a 2.44 GAA against Chicago in his career while Corey Crawford has a 2.56 GAA against the Jets in his career. Lastly, the Under is 33-16-3 in Winnipeg's last 52 vs. the Western Conference and that seals the deal for me.

Prediction: Under 6
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Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.