Minnesota Wild at Winnipeg Jets Free NHL Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 4/6/2014
Monday, April 7, 8:00 PM on FSN, TSN
MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Minnesota is likely headed towards a first round playoff matchup with Anaheim but having 2 of the 3 games remaining after Monday against Boston and St. Louis means a win over Winnipeg is mandatory. The Jets have had a resurgent year but will miss the playoffs for the third straight time since returning to Winnipeg.
Minnesota needs to pick up the pace a little bit as they head into the postseason for the second straight year. Over a 10-game span from March 17th to April 3rd the Wild won only 4 games. Monday's game against the Jets is sandwiched between matchups with Pittsburgh, Boston, and St. Louis and could be their only opportunity for a win before the season finale against Nashville.
The Jets have only two games remaining on the year after Monday's game with Minnesota. They've played commendable down the stretch besides being basically eliminated from the playoffs, notching four wins over ten games from March 16th to April 3rd.
Winnipeg has played well against Minnesota this season, getting a 6-4 victory most recently on December 27th. Minnesota won the previous three matchups of the year in close fashion – a 3-2 shootout victory on November 23rd, a 2-1 win on November 17th, and another 2-1 W in the fourth game of the season. The Wild were favored in their three wins but had a +111 line in their loss.
Minnesota is 16-24 straight up on the road this season
Minnesota is 13-16-11 against the over/under on the road this season
Winnipeg is 17-22 straight up at home this season
Winnipeg is 23-14-2 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
04/03/14 GO Darcy Kuemper Upper Body questionable
04/03/14 C Mikael Granlund Concussion questionable
04/03/14 RW Nino Niederreiter Concussion questionable
03/26/14 D Keith Ballard Groin out indefinitely
03/23/14 D Clayton Stoner Knee out indefinitely
03/12/14 LW Jason Zucker Quad out for season
03/05/14 GO Niklas Backstrom Abdominal out for season
01/06/14 GO Josh Harding Illness out indefinitely
12/26/13 D Grant Clitsome Back out for season
04/03/14 D Keaton Ellerby Lower Body questionable
04/03/14 GO Al Montoya Lower Body questionable
03/28/14 D Zach Bogosian Upper Body out indefinitely
03/16/14 RW Chris Thorburn Foot out indefinitely
03/10/14 C Mark Scheifele Knee out for season
03/04/14 C James Wright Ankle out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota
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