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#24 Winnipeg Jets -155
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3:05pm EST
Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Written by Nick Raffoul

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The Anaheim Ducks will travel to the MTS Centre on Sunday afternoon as they get set for a Western Conference clash against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets enter the weekend in third place in the Central Division standings with 36 points in 29 games this season. Winnipeg has gone 7-2-1 over their last 10 contests and they’ve notched points in 13 of their last 16 games. Meanwhile, the Ducks have compiled just 28 points through 29 games, putting them in second-last place in the Pacific Division standings. Can Winnipeg take care of business at home against the lowly Ducks on Sunday?

Ducks hope to get back on winning track vs. Winnipeg

Ryan Getzlaf and Adam Henrique both scored but it wasn’t enough as the Ducks lost at home 3-2 versus the Washington Capitals. Backup goaltender Ryan Miller performed well, allowing three goals on 36 shots after getting the surprise start.

John Gibson was originally slated to start the game but was a late scratch after missing a day of practice with an undisclosed illness. Anaheim also lost left winger Nick Ritchie in the game against Washington. According to Yahoo Sports, an extended absence by Ritchie will likely mean more opportunities for rookie left wingers Max Jones and Max Comtois.

Gibson is expected to patrol the crease for the Ducks in Winnipeg as they open their two-game road trip on Sunday. The 26-year-old has stumbled out to an 8-11-2 overall record while posting a 2.82 GAA and .910 save percentage in 21 starts this season. He is fresh off a forgettable month of November that saw him allow three goals or more in seven of his 10 starts in the month while posting a 3.08 GAA and .897 save percentage during that span. Gibson has already made two starts against the Jets this season, going 1-1-0 with a 3.50 GAA and .883 save percentage in those matchups.

Hellebuyck finding Vezina Trophy-form in 2019-20

Winnipeg scored twice in the third period to overcome a two-goal deficit and salvage a point against the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele scored for the Jets while Connor Hellebuyck made 36 stops in the 3-2 overtime loss. Despite the loss, the Jets welcomed back defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who returned after missing four games due to an upper-body injury.

The Jets have been among the stingiest defensive teams in the NHL, especially as of late. Over their last five games, Winnipeg has allowed just six combined regulation goals and they come into this matchup ranked 8th in the league in goals-against average (2.72) and sixth in team save percentage (.918).

Hellebuyck will guard the twine once again for the Jets on Sunday afternoon. The 26-year-old has rekindled his Vezina Trophy form this season, going 14-7-2 with a 2.20 GAA and .934 save percentage in 23 games (22 starts) this season. Winnipeg has notched points in each of his last five starts and 11 of his last 13 starts overall. He’s started twice against the Ducks already this year, going 1-1-0 with a 3.37 GAA and .884 save percentage in those matchups. Hellebuyck is 6-1-1 with a 2.21 GAA and a lifetime .923 save percentage in his career against Anaheim.

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One thing that the Jets have going for them is that they rank among the most disciplined teams in the NHL. Winnipeg leads the league with just 2.8 penalties per game. Meanwhile, the Ducks serve an average of 12.3 penalty minutes per contest, which ranks as the worst mark in the NHL. That should give Winnipeg a few extra opportunities on the power play in this game and Hellebuyck has been playing at a high level all season long. Take the Jets to come out on top in this Western Conference battle in Winnipeg on Sunday.ย 

Prediction: Winnipeg Jets

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Hellebuyck has shut the door on opposing teams this season, especially at home where heโ€™s posted a 1.86 GAA and .940 save percentage in 12 games (11 starts). The Jetsโ€™ goaltender has also fared well against the Ducks in his career, which bodes well for his chances of having a strong start once again on Sunday. Meanwhile, Gibson is expected to return to the crease for the Ducks after returning to practice on Thursday. Take this game to stay under the projected total on Sunday afternoon.

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Written By Nick Raffoul

Shortly after graduating with an Honors in Business Administration, Nick turned his attention from traditional stocks and bonds to investing in the performance of sports teams. And has now joined our team here at Winners & Whiners. Nick uses a combination of advanced stats and historical data to create sports investment models to identify value and generate consistent profits. Let Nick win for you.