Winnipeg Jets vs. Colorado Avalanche - 12/31/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Winnipeg Jets vs Colorado Avalanche
Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Jets (+175) Avalanche (-195)
Pepsi Center is the venue where Philipp Grubauer and the Colorado Avalanche (23-12-4, 2nd in the Central Division) will play the Winnipeg Jets (21-15-3, 4th in the Central Division) on Tuesday. The Jets open this game at +175 while the Avalanche are priced at -195. The over/under has been set at 6.5. The Jets cover 51.4% of the time, having gone 19-18 SU. Colorado is covering 59.0% of the time, going 23-16 straight up.
The Winnipeg Jets step onto the ice with a record of 21 wins and 15 defeats, ranking them 4th in the Central Division. During the season thus far, they have converted a total of 116 goals which has them sitting at 7th in the West and 18th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, ranking them 19th in the NHL. The Jets currently have a total of 45 points, which has them sitting at 15th in the NHL and 7th in the West. Regarding shots at the opposing goalie, they currently have a total of 1,220 which has them sitting at 10th in the Western Conference and 21st in the NHL. As a team, Winnipeg has a total of 819 hits which means they have an average of 21 per game. They currently have a total of 413 blocks for the year. Protecting the goal for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck from Commerce, Michigan. He is 26 years old and has played a total of 1,767 minutes minding the goal for the season. Hellebuyck is allowing an average of 2.55 goals per contest which has him ranking 7th among Western Conference goaltenders and 15th among goalies in the NHL. So far this year, he has allowed 75 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .923 which has him ranking 7th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to get a win in their next outing after their 4 - 1 loss to the St. Louis Blues the last time they stepped on the ice. The Jets had an offensive game that was below their expectations in the loss. In this outing, they earned a goal on 1 of the 26 shots they looked to score on. They also had 3 power play attempts but didn't net one. Winnipeg ended up with 4 penalty minutes in this matchup. The Corsi for the Jets was 37 and the Corsi against was 50 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 42.5%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against sat at 39, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 43.5%. They earned 17 face-off wins at even strength and lost 30 tries to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 60.3% and they had a PDO of 93.0 for this game. In terms of their opponent's stats, the St. Louis Blues earned a total of 28 shots. They ended the game with 6 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play opportunities.
The Avalanche will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 23 victories and 12 losses. in respect to goal differential, they are sitting 1st in the West and 2nd in the NHL with +29. They currently have a total of 140 goals for the season which ranks them 1st in the conference. Colorado has a team save % of .914 which has them sitting 6th in the NHL, which means they are a tough team to score against. They have a shooting percentage of 11.0% which puts them at 1st in the West. In goal for Colorado is Philipp Grubauer who is having an average season by giving up 2.81 goals per contest and that places him 14th among Western Conference goalies and 27th in the NHL among goalies. In the 1,241 minutes he has been on the ice this season, he's allowed 58 goals. He has a save % of .915, which has him placed 10th among Western Conference goalies and 18th in the NHL among goalies.
The Colorado Avalanche went up against the Dallas Stars in a matchup where the Avalanche ended up losing by a score of 3 - 2. For this game, Colorado went home with a 58.2% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 64 and their opponent having a Corsi of 46. They had a Fenwick percentage of 57.0% with a Fenwick of 45 and the Stars having a 34 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Colorado had and we're sure they will look for better performances in the future. Their PDO at even strength was 101.4 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 51.6%. The Avalanche converted 2 goals of the 43 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but weren't able to finish one of them with a goal. Regarding their opponent, the Stars had 5 power play chances and ended up scoring 1 goal. Colorado gave way to 40 shots on goal and the Stars earned a total of 6 penalty mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Josh's Pick: Take Colorado (-195)
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