Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#471 Winnipeg Jets vs.
#472 San Jose Sharks
Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10:00pm EDT
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose
Written by The Dominator

Saturday evening on the NHL ice and we will see the Central Division square off with the Pacific Division as the Winnipeg Jets grapple with the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, California. The Jets enter this game at 0-1 on the young season while the Sharks will be playing their first game.

Jets Get Grounded By The Ducks

The Winnipeg Jets have made it to the postseason in three of the last four seasons and have failed to make it past the 2nd round in the last two times. They are hoping to reverse that trend, but Winnipeg did not get off to a good start as they fell to the Anaheim Ducks on the road by a score of 4-1. The offense just didn't get the memo that the season started, but we note that Winnipeg was without Mark Scheifele, who was serving a suspension. He is available for this game and Winnipeg needs him as Scheifele has averaged 28.7 goals per season over the last six years. Scoring their lone goal in the loss to the Ducks was Kyle Connor.

Taking the loss in the contest was Connor Hellebuyck, who allowed four goals on 22 shot attempts. He will be getting the start in this one and was 24-20 with a 2.58 GAA last year, while in his career, he has gone 6-5 with a 2.50 GAA against the Sharks. the offense for the Jets should be solid this year but they need to get more from their defense if they hope to make a run at a playoff spot. Winnipeg addressed some of their defensive needs in the offseason by trading for steady defenseman, Brenden Dillon (Capitals) and Nate Schmidt (Canucks). If their defense comes together, the Jets will be a major player in the Central Division.

Can The Sharks Make A Run At A Playoff Spot

From 1997/98 to 2018/19, the San Jose Sharks missed the postseason just twice, but they come into this year having missed the last two seasons in a row. They have been a bad team the last two seasons and come in off a 21-35 record last year. The biggest problem for San Jose last year was on the defensive end of the Ice and they got rid of one of their issues by letting goalie Martin Jones go. He had a 3.28 GAA last year. The Sharks ranked 30th in the league in gpg allowed at 3.5. Devan Dubnyk is also gone and taking their spots will be Adin Hill (9-10, 2.74 GAA with Arizona) and James Reimer (15-7, 2.66 GAA with Carolina). Hill will get the start and he has never faced the Jets.

Their play in the crease wasn't the only problem for the sharks as they were 25th in scoring and 30th in power-play percentage. San Jose needs to get more scoring this year and it looks as if they will be without Evander Kane in this one as he is facing suspension. He is their offensive leader. Nick Bonino has been added and he is good for 10 to 15 goals a year, while Andrew Cogliano was also brought in but he had just five goals for the Stars last year as his best offensive days are well behind him. San Jose is an aging team and it looks like it could be another long season for them.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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The Winnipeg Jets have the advantage of having played a game while this will be the Sharks' first one of the year. The Jets also have the offensive and defensive edges in this one, plus a big edge in the crease. Connor Hellebuyck did not play all that well against the Ducks but he will bounce back here against a San Jose team that is missing its best offensive player. Winnipeg was not able to get its offense going in the opener vs the Ducks, but they will be getting their best offensive player back in Mark Scheifele, who served his suspension. Winnipeg is the far better team in this matchup and they will bounce back from a bad showing against the Ducks in their opener. Lastly, the road team is 7-0 in the last seven games in this series while the Sharks are 6-13 in their last 19 vs. Western Conference.

Prediction: Winnipeg -126

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Jets looked bad on offense in their opening game against the Ducks, and while they will be getting their best scorer back for this one, Winnipeg will be facing Adin Hill, who was not horrible for the Coyotes a year ago. The San Jose offense has a lot of miles on it and they will be without their best offensive player for this one. The Sharks finished 25th in the league in scoring last year and didn't do much to upgrade the offense. They will also be taking on Connor Hellebuyck, who is itching to make amends for the bad opener against the Ducks. Lastly, the Under is 21-6-2 in Winnipeg's last 29 vs. the Pacific and 9-3 in San Jose's last 12 vs. the Central.

Prediction: Under 6.5

Written By David Hess , "The Dominator"

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 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.