Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#49 Winnipeg Jets vs.
#50 Minnesota Wild
Friday, November 26, 2021 at 3:35pm EST
Xcel Energy Center, St Paul
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Winnipeg Jets collide with the Minnesota Wild in a Central Division showdown on Friday afternoon. The Jets are coming off a road loss in Columbus. The Wild topped the Devils on Wednesday. The Wild posted a 6-5 overtime win against the Jets in the lone meeting this season.

Jets Dealt Fourth Straight Defeat

The Winnipeg Jets resume a three-game road trip on Friday. The Jets opened the trek with a rough 3-0 road loss to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. Winnipeg was clicking earlier but have cooled down after a three-game winning streak. They have now lost four games in a row due to a lack of goals which comes as a bit of a surprise considering the earlier offensive production.

Kyle Connor has gone three consecutive games without a goal but has two assists in that span. The veteran sniper is having a terrific season, registering a team-leading 22 points. Pierre-Luc Dubois has been inconsistent at times and only has six points on the month. The young center does have a respectable 16 points on the year. Mark Scheifele only has five points in November and seven on the year.

The Jets will likely have Connor Hellebuyck guard the cage. The veteran goaltender struggled early in the season but has been solid recently. He enters with a 2.54 GAA and a .921 save % accompanied by a 6-4-4 record while backup Eric Comrie owns a 2.20 GAA. Winnipeg is scoring an average of 3 goals per game, landing them 13th in the league. They are conceding an average of 2.6 goals, placing them sixth.

Wild Conclude Road Trip with Shootout Win

The Minnesota Wild returns home after a three-game road trip. They went 1-1-1 on the trek including a shootout loss to Tampa Bay and a 3-2 shootout win of their own in Wednesday’s victory in New Jersey. The Wild continue to stand in first place in the Central division and right now they appear to be the best team in the division.

Kirill Kaprizov had his three-game point streak thwarted in Wednesday’s victory. The 24-year old playmaker is performing well. He has accrued seven points in his last four games and leads the team with 18 points on the year. Joel Eriksson Ek is also consistently producing, collecting five points in his last five clashes. The 24-year old center has eight goals on the season. Ryan Hartman continues to find the back of the net after recording his team-leading 10th marker of the season on Wednesday night. Jared Spurgeon is out of action.

The Wild should have Cam Talbot between the pipes. The veteran has been inconsistent at times and has filed a mediocre 2.87 GAA and a .909 save % to go with a 10-5 record. Backup Kaapo Kahkonen has tallied a poor 3.30 GAA on the season. The Wild are averaging 3.4 goals per game, ranking them fifth in the NHL. They are conceding an average of 3.2 goals, landing them 23rd overall

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The Wild continue to fill the net, accumulating a whopping 19 goals in their last five games. The Jets are slumping right now, losing four in a row including an ugly 3-0 loss in Columbus on Wednesday. They are having big trouble finding the back of the net, scoring a total of only four goals in that span.

Furthermore, the Jets have not been a threat on the road, winning only two of their nine road games on the season. The Wild have won five of their seven home games including a win against the Jets.

Prediction: Minnesota Wild -130

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This one should be a shootout. The Wild are dazzling in the offensive end. They rank 7th in the league with a CF% of 52% which means they are generating a ton of shots. Minnesota collected six goals in the lone meeting against the Jets last month. 

In addition, Winnipeg is better than they’ve shown in their last string of games. They have several offensive threats and the Wild will give up goals, squandering an average of 3.2 on the year. The Jets scored five against them in the first meeting. The over is 6-1 in the Wild’ last seven home games. 

Prediction: Over 6

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The over on the Wild team total should deliver. The Wild scored four against the Lightning earlier this week and have averaged a dazzling 4 goals per game in their last 10. They are especially a threat on home ice where they have 13 goals in their last three games overall.

Prediction: Wild Team Total Over 3.5

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I expect plenty of scoring in the first period. The Wild are giving up plenty of goals in the first period, squandering 21 on the season which marks the squad’s worst defensive frame. Offensively they have been decent, netting 18 goals in the first period in 17 games.

Prediction: First Period Total Over 1.5

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