Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets - 3/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets - 3/18/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets (28-23-10) vs Boston Bruins (37-19-5)

Game Info: Friday, March 18, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Canada Life Centre)

Betting Odds: Winnipeg Jets +110 / Boston Bruins -135 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Winnipeg Jets host the Boston Bruins in Friday NHL Action.

The Boston Bruins come into this road contest with an overall record of 37-19-5. Through 61 games, the Bruins are 4th in the Atlantic Division. On the season, they have found the net 184 times, good for a rank of 17th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Boston is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.67 goals per game. So far, the Bruins have a strength of schedule rating of 30th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 13th ranked team in the NHL.

The Winnipeg Jets get set to host the Boston Bruins with an overall record of 28-23-10. This mark places them 6th in the Central division. Through 61 games, the Jets have scored 189 goals, giving them an average of 3.08. This output gives them a rank of 15th among NHL teams. On defense, Winnipeg is the 18th ranked unit, giving up 3.05 goals per contest. So far, the Jets have played the 8th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Winnipeg's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 18th in the NHL.

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Through 61 games, the Boston Bruins goal and overall scoring leader is David Pastrnak with 61 points. He has reached his mark of 33 goals, on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. So far, 39.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Brad Marchand, who has 35 assists to go along with his 24 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +3. Boston's top goalie is Linus Ullmark, who is giving up an average of 2.74 goals per game.

Through 61 games, the Winnipeg Jets' goal and overall scoring leader is Kyle Connor, with 72 points. He has reached his mark of 38 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.3%. So far, 16.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mark Scheifele, who has 30 assists to go along with his 23 goals. However, when on the ice, the Jets are -17 in scoring differential. Winnipeg's top goalie is Connor Hellebuyck, who is giving up an average of 2.99 goals per game. In his 51 games played, he has turned in 29 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

On the season, the Winnipeg Jets have a per-game scoring differential of -0.02 goals per game. Things haven't gone any better at home, as they losing home games by an average of -0.59 goals. Heading into their game with the Boston Bruins, the Jets have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these matchups, they have scored 22 goals, accounting for 58% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.08 goals per game 3 times. Look for the Jets to pick up the home win over a Bruins unit struggling on offense.

 

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