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#53 Vancouver Canucks 6.5 vs.
#54 Winnipeg Jets -120
Friday, November 8, 2019 at 8:05pm EST
Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Winnipeg Jets will host the Vancouver Canucks in a Western Conference battle Friday night from the Bell MTS Place. The Canucks lost 5-2 to the Blackhawks on Thursday night, and the Jets are coming off a 2-1 shootout home loss to the Devils. The Jets defeated the Canucks in all three meetings last season.

Canucks Fall to Blackhawks in Second Straight Loss

The Vancouver Canucks have been one of the most surprising teams in the NHL this season. They were expected to be near the bottom of the standings but have exceeded expectations in a big way. Vancouver will conclude a quick two-game road trip in this one. They dropped a 3-1 road decision to the Blackhawks on Thursday night.

Canucks’ point leader Elias Pettersson continues to thrive. The 20-year old center has 14 points in his last nine games, and he is up to 20 points on the season. Pettersson notched one goal in two games against the Jets last season.

Brock Boeser has also played a key role in the Canucks' outstanding start to the season. The 22-year old right-winger has nine points in his last seven games, and he has collected seven goals and nine assists on the year. Vancouver holds a 5-4-1 road record on the season. Michael Ferland and Antoine Roussel remain out of the Canucks lineup.

The Canucks are expected to have Thatcher Demko between the pipes in this one after Markstrom was in goal on Thursday night. The young netminder is having a terrific season, logging a sizzling 1.78 GAA and a .938 save percentage accompanied with a 4-1 record. Vancouver has been sharp in both ends of the ice this season. They stand sixth in the NHL with an average of 3.5 goals per game. They are holding opponents to 2.3 goals, good for fourth overall.

Jets Two Game Winning Streak Ends in Loss to Devils

The Winnipeg Jets will resume a four-game homestand in this one. They are coming off a tough 2-1 shootout home loss to the Devils in their latest action on Tuesday night. The Jets are having an inconsistent season, although they have won two out of their last three games overall. Patrik Laine has not scored a goal since October 10th. The 21-year old right-winger is finding the scoresheet with assists, and he has tallied 14 points in 14 games. Laine recorded four goals in three games against the Canucks last season.

Jets’ point leader Mark Scheifele has earned two points in his last three games. The 26-year old center owns a minus-six rating, and he is up to 15 points on the season. The Jets are 3-4-0-1 on home ice. Center Bryan Little is out with a head injury.

Winnipeg is expected to have Connor Hellebuyck guard the cage in this contest. The four-year veteran is locked in, allowing only three goals in his last three games, and he is sporting a 2.41 GAA and a .930 save percentage accompanied with a 6-5-1 record. The Jets are only averaging 2.7 goals per game, ranking them 21st in the NHL. They are conceding an average of 3.3 goals, placing them 20th overall.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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I am siding with the Jets in this one. The Canucks are playing the second game of a back-to-back set after flying in from Chicago last night, while the Jets have been off since Tuesday. Winnipeg is starting to play better hockey, registering a 3-1-1 record in their last five games overall.

Furthermore, while there aren’t many negatives to discuss regarding the Canucks, they have lost three out of their last four games which included a loss in Chicago on Thursday night. This is also their third game in their last four nights and I expect fatigue to play a factor especially as the game progresses.

Prediction: Winnipeg Jets

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The over is a solid play in this one. The Jets aren’t scoring a ton of goals but they are getting pucks to the net, averaging over 33 shots on goal per game, and their shots should start translating to goals. I expect them to continue to pepper the Canucks net with shots and take advantage of a team that will be tired. Also, the over is 5-1 in the Jets’ last six Friday games.

In addition, the Canucks offense has been terrific for most of the season. They have scored at least five goals in five out of their last eight games, and the over is 4-1 in the Canucks' last five road games.

Prediction: Over

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The under on the Canucks team total offered on PointsBet is worth a look. The Canucks are up against a hot goalie in this one. Connor Hellebuyck has only conceded a combined three goals in his last two games played overall. He also held Vancouver to only two goals in two games last season.

Prediction: Canucks Team Total Under

Half-Time Prop Prediction

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I am opting with the under on the first period total. Vancouver has only allowed 12 goals in their 16 games in the first period this season, and the Jets aren’t scoring much early, netting 11 goals in the first frame while only allowing 14 goals. I expect a bulk of the scoring in the second half of this game.

Prediction: First Period Total Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.