Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild 12/27/2014 Free NHL Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 12/26/2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM ET
Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul
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On Saturday, the Winnipeg Jets will be visiting the Minnesota Wild in a game that will feature two of the best penalty killing units in the league. The Wild were able to beat the Jets in four out of their five matchups a season ago.
The Jets played an excellent offensive game on Tuesday night when they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on the road. Center Mathieu Perreault was the first star in that win, scoring two of Winnipeg's five goals.
The Jets are currently third in the NHL in goals against by giving up just 2.2 goals per game to their opponents. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has been able to score eight goals from the blue line this year and is one of the team leaders in assists with 11. Goalie Ondrej Pavelec is now 10-8-5 with a 2.34 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
On Tuesday night, the Wild lost their fourth game in a row when the Philadelphia Flyers came into town and beat them 5-2. Minnesota was 1-for-5 on the power play in that loss and ended up being outshot 30-24.
The Wild have done well to average 2.8 goals per game, but they have also allowed opposing offenses to score 2.8 goals per game against them. Netminder Darcy Kuemper has an 11-10-0 record this season with three shutouts, a 2.64 GAA and a .901 save percentage.
Winnipeg Jets Betting Trends
Winnipeg Jets are 18-17-0 Against the Spread
Winnipeg Jets are 15-19-0 against the Over/Under
Minnesota Wild Betting Trends
Minnesota Wild are 16-16-0 Against the Spread
Minnesota Wild are 13-15-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
12/19/14 D Tobias Enstrom Foot out 3-4 weeks
12/18/14 D Mark Stuart Knee expected to miss 1-2 months
12/16/14 D Jacob Trouba Wrist out 6 weeks
12/04/14 D Zach Bogosian Foot expected to miss 4-6 weeks
12/23/14 GO Niklas Backstrom Illness "?" Saturday vs Winnipeg
12/17/14 GO Josh Harding Illness out indefinitely
12/10/14 D Keith Ballard Concussion out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Minnesota
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