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The Vancouver Canucks will remain in the Bell MTS Place on Tuesday night to take on the Winnipeg Jets in a North Division matchup. These teams played on Monday night and Vancouver picked up a 4-0 shutout victory over Winnipeg. The Vancouver Canucks (9-14-2, 20 points) are sixth in the North Division after snapping their four-game losing streak on Monday. The Winnipeg Jets (13-7-1, 27 points) are third in the North Division and snapped a four-game winning streak after Monday’s loss.
This will be the fifth matchup between Vancouver and Winnipeg this season and the season series is tied at two games apiece so it’ll be interesting to see which team can come back and take the lead. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to decide where we should be placing our wagers.
Boeser Leads the Way
The Vancouver Canucks have been struggling in the early stages of this season and one of the bright spots is the play of right winger Brock Boeser, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The team has a handful of players listed on the injury report so the depth of the Canucks will be tested. Boeser is leading the team in points and tied for third in the league in goals as he has 22 points (12 goals, 10 assists) this season and has not recorded a point in his last three games played. In the last game against the Winnipeg Jets, he struggled as he finished without scoring a point and attempted just two shots in 18:01 on the ice. Boeser has shown the ability to be one of the best scorers and it’ll be time to see if the Kings can figure out a way to take advantage of one of the better goalie situations in the league.
“It’s nice. I thought the guys played really solid tonight, a full 60 and I didn’t see much. They tried to claw their way back into the game and we handled that and played a full 60.” – Demko pic.twitter.com/Jn8uWuNq2l
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 2, 2021
Thatcher Demko and Braden Holtby have split time in the net this season for the Canucks and have tried to get on a roll for the season. Demko got the nod in the goal in the last game against the Jets, he shined and did not allow a goal on 27 shots in a win to bring his record to 5-9-1 this season. There has been no announcement of who will be in the net for this upcoming game but this could be the time for Demko to win the job permanently. Vancouver has allowed 85 goals this season, which is 30th in the league. They have been just below average against opposing power plays as they have killed 75-of-93 (80.65 percent) of them so far this season. The Jets are a great offense so this will be a chance for the Canucks to see how great they can be.
Center of Attention
The Winnipeg Jets have been doing well in the early stages of this season and one of the bright spots is the play of center Mark Scheifele, who has been playing extremely well to begin the season. The team only has Tucker Poolman on the injury report so this will be one of the more healthy games for the team this season. Scheifele is top 10 in the league in points, assists, and goals as he has 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) this season and has recorded six points in his last five games played. In the last game against the Vancouver Canucks, he struggled as he finished without scoring a point and attempted just two shots in 22:52 on the ice. Scheifele has shown the ability to be one of the best players in the league and it’ll be time to see if the Jets can figure out a way to take advantage of one of the worst goalie situations in the league.
Connor Hellebuyck has spent a majority of the season in the net for the Winnipeg Jets this season. He was in the goal in the last game against the Vancouver Canucks, he struggled and allowed three goals on 18 shots in a loss to drop his record to 10-5-1 this season. The Jets have allowed 57 goals this season, which is 10th in the league. They have been very good against opposing power plays as they have killed 44-of-55 (80 percent) of them so far this season. The Canucks are an above-average offense so this will be a chance for the Jets to get back on track.
- Winnipeg: 4-0 in their last 4 games
- Winnipeg: 5-1 in their last 6 home games
- Vancouver: 0-4 in their last 4 games vs a team with a winning record
- Vancouver: 0-4 in their last 4 games
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Expect the Jets to come back out with some fire after getting embarrassed on their home ice. The offenses are at two different levels this season as the Canucks are 19th in the league with 279 goals per game while the Jets are third in the league with 3.45 goals per game. Defensively tells the same story as well as Vancouver is allowing the third-most goals per game at 3.54 goals per game while Winnipeg is allowing the seventh-fewest with 2.60 per game. The Vancouver Canucks are 2-9 in their last 11 matchups in Winnipeg so go with the home team to come back with a vengeance.
Want another opinion on this pick?
Full-Game Total Pick
Using the totals from each team’s last five games tells you a lot about what to expect from each team. Vancouver has averaged 4.6 goals per game while Winnipeg has averaged an even five goals in the same span. Looking at how these teams have performed against one another this season, they have combined for 18 total goals in their four games, which is 4.5 goals per outing. The under has hit in five in their last six meetings. Go with the UNDER in this game as the numbers and trends all point towards it hitting.