The Metropolitan Division meets the Central Division this evening as the New Jersey Devils rumble with the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Devils come in off a 1-0 OT loss to the Maple Leafs on the road, while the Jets are off a 3-2 home win over the Flyers in OT. Goalie Probables: The Devils will be sending out Cory Schneider and the Jets will counter with Connor Hellebuyck.
Schneider’s Effort Not Enough To Upend The Leafs
The New Jersey Devils have really improved their offense this year, but that offense was a complete no-show in their 1-0 loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. The game went to OT before the Leafs finally won it with just three seconds left in the extra session. A very tough loss for Cory Schneider, who allowed just the one goal on 25 shot attempts. He has now gone 7-5 with a 2.64 GAA and a .924 save percentage on the year overall, including 3-2 with a 2.61 GAA and a .926 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 68-99 with a 2.45 GAA on the road and 24-31 with a 2.23 GAA during the month of November, plus he has gone 28-35 with a 2.33 GAA against the Central Division, while against the Jets in his career he has gone 3-5 with a 2.24 GAA. The Devils are tied atop the Metro Division with Columbus as both teams have 25 points so far, they have not been playing well as they come in having lost five of their last seven games. Leading the Devils in scoring this year has been Brian Gibbons, who has eight goals, while Taylor Hall and Miles Wood each check in with six goals on the year. The Devils have gone 6-3 on the road.
New Jersey enters this contest ranked 9th in the league in scoring at 3.28 gpg, while also ranking 23rd in shots taken (30.4 spg) and 6th in power play conversions, converting on 23.7% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been a bit below average in the early going as they come in ranked 17th in goals allowed, giving up 3.00 gpg, while also ranking 30th in shots allowed (34.9 spg) and 16th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.2% of their chances.
Jets Stay Hot With Win Over The Flyers
After their first two games, the Jets have been one of the better teams in the league as they have gone 11-5 since their 0-2 start. They come in off a 3-2 comeback win over the Flyers at home and have won their last three in a row. They have been getting great play in the crease as they have now allowed two goals or less in nine of their last 11 games. This is a team that is rolling right now. In the game against the Flyers, they trailed 2-0 just 5;15 into the game, but they fought back and tied it with just 49 seconds left in regulation on a goal by Mark Scheifele, which was his 11th of the year. The Jets eventually won the game in a shootout with Bryan Little getting the deciding goal. Also scoring in the win was Mathieu Perreault, which was his 2nd of the year. The Jets have gone 6-3 at home. Grabbing the win against the Flyers was Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 30 of the 32 shots that he faced to improve to a very solid 10-3 on the year with a 2.29 GAA and a .930 save percentage on the year, including 6-1 with a 2.28 GAA and a .929 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 29-20 with a 2.61 GAA at home and 12-8 with a 2.52 GAA during the month of November, while against the Metro Division he has gone 11-9 with a 3.00 GAA, including 2-1 with a 2.63 GAA against the Devils.
Winnipeg has been a solid offensive team so far as they rank 10th in the league in scoring at 3.22 gpg, while also ranking 31st in shots taken (27.7 spg) and 8th in power play conversions, converting on 21.9% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been solid so far as they come in ranked 8th in goals allowed, giving up 2.72 gpg, while also ranking 26th in shots allowed (33.7 spg) and 18th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 20.3% of their chances.
New Jersey is:
- The Under is 5-1 in their last six when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game
- The Under is 4-1 in their last five vs. a team with a winning record
- The Under is 6-2 in their last eight when their opponent allows two goals or less in their previous game
The Jets are playing well right now and they keep finding ways to win. The Devils come in struggling on offense and I can’t see that changing here against a Jets squad that has allowed two goal;s or less in nine of their last 11 games. The Jets have scored four or more goals in six of their last nine games, but Cory Schneider has a decent 2.61 GAA on the road this year and he has a 2.24 GAA in his career against the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck has a 2.28 GAA at home and as 2.63 GAA in his career against the Jets. The Under is 8-1-1 in the last 10 games in this series overall and 5-0-1 in the last six games between these teams here in Winnipeg. That clinches it for me.