Jets vs Maple Leafs Predictions, Picks, Tips 1/8/2020
Game: Winnipeg Jets vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Jets (+115) Maple Leafs (-135)
Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs (24-15-5, 2nd in the Atlantic Division) host the Winnipeg Jets (23-16-4, 4th in the Central Division) at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. The Maple Leafs open this matchup at -135 while the Jets are priced at +115. The over/under opens at 6. The Jets are covering 51.2% of the time, having gone 21-20 SU. The Maple Leafs are covering 53.5% of the time, going 23-20 straight up.
The Winnipeg Jets head into this game holding a record of 23 wins and 16 losses, which is good for 4th in the Central Division. So far this year, they have earned a total of 131 goals which puts them at 8th in the conference and 17th in the NHL. Their goal differential is +1, which is good for 17th in the NHL. The Jets currently have a total of 50 pts, which puts them at 14th in the NHL and 7th in the Western Conference. Regarding shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 1,342 which puts them at 7th in the West and 15th in the NHL. As a unit, Winnipeg has a total of 915 hits which has them averaging 21.3 per contest. They currently have a total of 465 blocks for the season. The man between the pipes for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck from Commerce, Michigan. He is 26 years old and has played a total of 1,988 minutes minding the net this year. Hellebuyck is giving up an average of 2.69 goals per game which places him at 9th among Western Conference goaltenders and 19th in the NHL among goaltenders. During this season, he has surrendered 89 goals. He holds a save percentage of .920 which places him at 8th among Western Conference goaltenders.
The Winnipeg Jets had a good night with a 3 - 2 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in their last game. The Jets were neither impressive or disappointing offensively in this win. For this matchup, they netted 3 of the 27 shots they put on goal. They also had 1 power play attempt but didn't get a goal. Winnipeg racked up 4 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Jets sat at 38 and the Corsi against was 52 giving them a Corsi percentage of 42.2%. Their Fenwick was 28 and the Fenwick against was 40, which earned them a Fenwick percentage of 41.2%. They took 25 face-off wins and were beaten on 28 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 42.9% and they had a PDO of 100.9 in this game. Regarding their opponent, the Montreal Canadiens tallied a total of 31 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 2 penalty minutes and they tallied 2 power play attempts.
The Maple Leafs will be the team on the other side of the ice and for the current year they sit with 24 wins and 15 losses. When discussing goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the conference and 6th in the NHL with +19. They have compiled a total of 158 goals for the season which has them ranked at 1st in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has a team save % of .904 which currently has them ranked 15th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a shooting percentage of 10.7% which is good for 4th in the Eastern Conference. In net for Toronto is Frederik Andersen who is having an ok year by allowing 2.73 goals per contest and that has him 11th among East goaltenders and 20th among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 1,998 minutes he's been on the ice, he's allowed 91 goals. His save percentage is .915, which places him at 8th among East goaltenders and 18th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Toronto Maple Leafs played the Edmonton Oilers in a matchup where the Maple Leafs ended up losing by a score of 6 - 4. While out there on the ice, Toronto had a 47.5% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 47 while the opposition had a Corsi of 52. Their Fenwick rate came in at 48.7% with a Fenwick of 38 and the Oilers earning a 40 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Toronto had and we'd say they played well overall. Their PDO at even strength was 94.2 and they finished the game with an oZS percentage of 31.9%. The Maple Leafs netted 4 goals of the 36 shots on goal they were seeking. They had 4 power play attempts in this game and were able to net 1 out of those attempts. On the other side of the ice, the Oilers had 5 power play opportunities and came through by scoring 1 goal. Toronto gave up 35 shots on goal and the Oilers racked up a total of 10 penalty minutes.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Winnipeg (+115)
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