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#63 Los Angeles Kings 6 vs.
#64 Winnipeg Jets -175
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 8:26pm EST
Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg
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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 showdown

Los 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 path

After 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.

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The Kings have already beaten the Jets twice this season, and I think another upset would be too much. Los Angeles will seek its third straight win here, and the Kings have won three games in a row only once this term. On the other side, the Jets have improved over the last two weeks after some poor displays in January. They desperately need to beat the Kings at home to continue their playoff campaign. The Jets are a solid defensive team, while the Kings are terrible offensively, so I’m backing the hosts to avoid a sweep and record their fifth straight win over the Pacific Division.

Prediction: Winnipeg Jets (-150)

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As I’ve mentioned above, the Kings are the second-most inefficient team in the NHL. On the other side, the Jets lean on their defense and Connor Hellebuyck between the pipes, so I don’t expect to see a bunch of goals in this game. The previous two encounters of the season between LA and Winnipeg produced five or fewer goals in the total, while the under has hit in the last six meetings between these two conference foes. Also, all those six contests had five or fewer goals in the total. The Jets’ last three home games produced five or fewer goals, too, so give me the under on the totals.

Prediction: Under 6.0 goals (-115)
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