Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets - 1/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets - 1/4/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets (22-16-3) at Minnesota Wild (19-17-5)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Xcel Energy Center)

The Line: Minnesota Wild -135 / Winnipeg Jets +122 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild meet Saturday in NHL action at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Winnipeg Jets need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 19.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with 21 goals, Mark Scheifele has 27 assists and Blake Wheeler has 104 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing three goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 84 goals on 1,032 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 35 goals on 314 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed four or more goals in five straight games.

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The Minnesota Wild look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Minnesota Wild are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 17.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 15 goals, Ryan Suter has 21 assists and Zach Parise has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Devan Dubnyk has given up 57 goals on 557 shots faced and Alex Stalock has allowed 55 goals on 556 shots. The Minnesota Wild have allowed three or more goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Jets are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games, 9-3 in their last 12 vs. a team with a losing record and 9-4 in their last 13 games as a road underdog. The Wild are 9-4 in their last 13 games as a home favorite, 6-18 in their last 24 vs. Central and 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games. The over is 4-1-1 in Jets last 6 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Wild last 5 home games. The Jets are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Minnesota and 2-5 in the last 7 meetings. The favorite is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. The home team is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.

The Minnesota Wild have won five of the last eight meetings against the Jets and have been productive lately in the home favorite role. The Winnipeg Jets have had a rough couple of weeks and that defense is slipping more and more by the day. The Jets are big time fade material until they can do a better job of keeping pucks out of the net. I'll take the Minnesota Wild and the cheap price on their home ice. 

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Wild -135

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