Winnipeg Jets at Vancouver Canucks

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The Canucks were shut out in their last game against the Jets, who snapped their two-game losing streak.

The Jets had lost two in a row only scoring three goals before beating the Canucks 4-0 in their last game. The team is in second place in the North Division only two points back of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers. Winnipeg has had balance this season and ranks eighth in the league averaging 3.25 goals per game.

After a four-game win streak, the Canucks have lost their last two games. They sit in fifth place in the North six points back of the Jets. The defense has been the main issue for Vancouver this season and in their last two games they have given up nine goals.

The Jets are 4-2 against the Canucks this season.

Another Shutout Against the Canucks

In their last game, the Jets beat the Canucks 4-0 for only their second shutout of the season and the first one was against them as well. In the last game Winnipeg scored three goals in the third period, Adam Lowry scored two goals, and Connor Hellebuyck (14-9-2 2.72 GAA) stopped all 22 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season.

The Jets had lost two of his last three starts where in all of them he gave up three goals. Backup Laurent Brossoit (5-2-0 2.43 GAA) may get the call in this game and he has given up two goals in each of his last two starts.

Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Conner have combined for 31 goals and 62 points and Mark Scheifele ranks fifth in the league with 38 points. This is the fourth straight road game for the Jets, who are 9-6-1 on the road this season.

Not the Best Showing

The Canucks were blanked at home in the loss to the Jets in the last game and gave up five goals in their previous game after only allowing seven goals in winning their previous four games. In the 4-0 loss to Winnipeg Vancouver was outshot 29-22 and Thatcher Demko took the loss allowing four goals while he had only allowed two goals in each of his previous three starts. Backup Braden Holtby (4-6-2 3.24 GAA) may get the nod in this game and the Canucks have lost his last three starts where he gave up four goals in each one.

Only three players for the Canucks have scored in double digits in goals led by Brock Boeser (16) and he also leads the team in points (32). He has two goals and an assist in his last four games and Bo Horvat, who ranks second on the team with 14 goals, has two goals and three assists over his last five games. The Canucks have lost their last two games on home ice and on the season are 9-8-2 at home.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

The Canucks have lost their last two games and were shutout by the Jets in their last game losing 4-0. The defense has been the main issue on the season and that has shown in the last two games where they have given up nine goals. Their D did play well for a four-game win streak but that was in the past and I see their defense struggling again in this game facing a Winnipeg team that ranks eighth in the league in goals per game. The Jets had lost two in a row before the shutout win in the last game. I do not see them getting another shutout win but will play well on both sides of the ice and get the W, which will be their fifth win of the season against the Canucks.

Jets -140

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Full-Game Total Pick

The total has gone Under in seven of the last nine games between these teams and I see that trend continuing. The Jets will have a good defensive game and while their attack will play well again they will not score a ton of goals. They had only totaled three goals in two games before scoring four in the last game. Vancouver is not a high scoring team only averaging 2.67 goals per game and while they will not they will not get shutout again they will not kill it on the attack. For the second game in a row between these teams the Under is the pick.

Under 6 goals