Los Angeles Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets
NHL: Tuesday, February 18, Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 8:00 PM ET
The Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets will close down their regular-season series on Tuesday night. The Kings have already clinched the series, beating the Jets 3-2 as +130 road underdogs and 2-1 as -120 home favorites.
Los Angeles has won two straight games, but the Kings are still the worst team in the Western Conference by far. On the other side, the Jets have won four of their previous six contests, trying to keep pace with the wild-card holders in the West.
The Kings upset the Avs in the outdoor showdownLos Angeles is coming off a terrific 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche this past Saturday. They were heavy underdogs in an outdoor clash at the Air Force Academy, but the Kings beat the Avs thanks to Tyler Toffoli who scored all three goals. Toffoli netted twice in the final minute of the game to complete the first NHL outdoor hat-trick.
Before they outlasted the Avs, the Kings have defeated the Calgary Flames 5-3 at home to snap a five-game skid. They are only 4-12-1 since New Year’s Day, sitting bottom of the Pacific Division and Western Conference. The Kings are 19 points behind the bottom wild card and will almost certainly miss the playoffs for the second straight year.
Los Angeles is the second-most inefficient team in the league with just 2.46 goals scored per contest. On the other side, the Kings are 23rd in the NHL in goals against (3.14). Jonathan Quick has guarded the cage in five of the previous seven games including a win over Colorado. He had 32 stops with a .970 save percentage against the Avs, while Quick is 12-22-3 on the season with a 2.99 GAA and a .897 save percentage.
The Jets barely outlasted the Blackhawks to get back on the winning pathAfter two straight losses to the New York Rangers 4-1 and San Jose Sharks 3-2, the Jets bounced back with a 3-2 victory to the Chicago Blackhawks this past Sunday. They were down 1-0 after the first period, while the Jets had a 2-1 lead before Patrick Kane tied the game in the final minute of the second period. Nathan Beaulieu scored the game-winner just 1:36 into the third period, netting his first goal of the season.
Connor Hellebuyck got his fourth straight starting nod Sunday night, tallying 31 stops with a .939 save percentage. He’s 25-18-5 on the season and has a 2.70 GAA and a .919 save percentage. Hellebuyck is one of the Jets’ best players this season, and he should get another starting call Tuesday night against the Kings.
The Jets are 12th in the league in goals against (3.00) and 18th in goals scored per game (2.93). They are tied with the Nashville Predators for the fourth spot of the Central Division standings, trailing seven points behind the third-place Colorado Avalanche. The Jets are only a point behind the Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes who hold wild cards in the West.
- 10-4 in the last 14 home games against Los Angeles
- 5-1 in the last six home games against the Pacific Division
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: Los Angeles:
- 3-10 in the last 13 games overall
- 2-8 in the last 10 games on the road
- 1-5 in the last six road games against the Central Division