Winnipeg -110 at San Jose O/U 5.5
The Winnipeg Jets recommitted themselves over their five-day break to playing better and stronger defensive hockey and so far that mindset has paid dividends for the Jets as they’ve won two straight games following their break defeating Calgary 2-1 on the road and they followed that up with a 1-0 shutout victory back home against Vancouver. The Jets came out of the break focused on improving at goal prevention and they have made good on their word in the last two games. That new defensive focus should serve them quite well tonight because they are taking on a San Jose team that has been one of the better defensive teams in the NHL this season. There could be a distinct edge in freshness and energy for this game on the Winnipeg side of the equation. This is just Winnipeg's 3rd game following their extended break. Meanwhile, San Jose is at the tail end of a very grueling scheduling cycle. The Sharks will be playing their 7th game in 11 nights since they came out of their league mandated 5 day break and for a team whose core players are in their 30’s in age, this could be a bit of a troubling high fatigue spot for San Jose. Martin Jones the Sharks #1 goalie is injured right now meaning that Aaron Dell will likely be making his third consecutive start in net for the Sharks tonight. However, Winnipeg will be countering with a red hot Connor Hellebuyck in net and he has won seven of his last ten starts and has yielded just 1 goal in his last 60 shots faced. Winnipeg is 13-3 in 16 games against Pacific Division teams this season and have consistently played well against teams from that division and I think they have the momentum and scheduling edge in their favor to extend that mark tonight. I’ll recommend Winnipeg at this near even money price to pick up the road win.