The Winnipeg Jets will be hoping to halt a three-game losing streak when they entertain the New York Rangers at the MTS Centre on Tuesday night. Winnipeg is coming off consecutive setbacks against San Jose, Montreal, and Ottawa. The Rangers have taken points in three of their last four outings after most recently defeating Toronto this past Sunday.
The Rangers wrapped up a five-game home-stand this past Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Toronto. That impressive performance was highlighted by goalie Alexandar Georgiev, who made a ridiculous 55 saves to win on his 23rd birthday.
“I tried not to concentrate on the birthday wishes,” Georgiev commented. “I had an important game in front of me.”
Center Mika Zibanejad continued his awesome form with his 11th goal in his past 10 games. Zibanejad’s hot streak has pulled him within four goals of his career high of 27 set last season, and his 54 points already mark a personal best. Georgiev faced a whopping 22 shots in the opening 20 minutes against Toronto (allowing his only goal in the first quarter) while improving to 8-9-0 on the season in relief of Henrik Lundqvist.
J-e-t-s Jets, Jets, Jets
The Jets found a way to break through and end a three-game losing streak last weekend at Buffalo. Now they return home to host the Rangers while looking to build another winning streak as they fight for the Western Conference’s top spot. As usual, it was one of the Jets’ biggest stars leading the way; forward Blake Wheeler scored the go-ahead goal with 3:55 to play during Sunday’s 3-1 success for his third goal in the span of five games to go along with 55 assists this season.
“We did a good job of staying patient with that game, kind of doing all of the things that we preach before the game, and we got rewarded,” Wheeler said after his team bounced back from allowing five goals in back-to-back games by killing all five of Buffalo’s power-play opportunities.
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— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) February 11, 2019
Center Mark Scheifele scored his team-leading 28th goal into an empty net with seven seconds left and he added an assist on Wheeler’s winner. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck surrendered five goals in last Thursday’s loss at Montreal but made 48 saves in that contest; he also bounced back on Sunday by turning aside 35 of 36 shots against the Sabres. The Jets lead Nashville by two points in the Central Division while trailing Western Conference leader Calgary by one point.
The Winnipeg Jets are:
- 63-22 in their last 85 home games
- 28-12 in their last 40 games against the Eastern Conference
- 42-15 in their last 57 games against teams with losing records
The New York Rangers are:
- 16-35 in their last 51 road games
- 15-36 in their last 51 games against teams with winning records
- 1-4 in their last five games against the Western Conference
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
New York finished a mediocre 2-2-1 on its home-stand and now begins a four-game road trip sitting seven points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Winnipeg is a far better team that has Stanley Cup on its mind. Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey has recorded an assist in four consecutive contests. Scheifele scored a regulation goal and also delivered the game-winner in a shootout as the Jets defeated the Rangers 4-3 on Dec. 2 in New York. Winnipeg’s plus-34 goal differential ranks second in the West behind the Flames (plus-41). The Rangers are 3-9 in their last 12 following a win and 6-14 in their last 20 against the Central Division. Winnipeg is 17-6 in its last 23 playing on one day of rest and 8-3 in its last 11 against the Metropolitan Division.
Prediction: Winnipeg Jets
Full-Game Total Pick
Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who leads the team with 24 goals, recorded two assists on Sunday. Of course, Zibanejad is the real reason why New York’s offense looks like a well-oiled machine at the moment. It will have to be on Tuesday if the visitors want to keep up with an extremely high-powered Winnipeg squad. The over is 3-1-1 in the Rangers’ last five against the Western Conference and 4-1 in their last five against the Central Division. It is also 5-2 in the Jets’ last seven overall, 4-1 in their last five against the Eastern Conference, and 4-0-2 in their last six playing on one day of rest. Look for this one to go over the total.