Coming into the matchup with five wins each in the series Winnipeg Jets and the Vegas Golden Knights battle in the crucial Game 3 of the NHL’s Western Conference Finals. The match will get underway at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 16, and fans at home can catch the game live on NBC Sports Network.
Winnipeg Jets at Vegas Golden Knights Odds
Winnipeg (+115) is playing the role of underdog to Vegas (-135) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).
Winnipeg is 61-35 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 20.3 units this season. 47 of its matches have gone under the total, while 46 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Jets are 24-23 SU as the away team in 2017-18.
The Jets’ offensive attack attempted 32.4 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.4 goals per outing (ranked second overall in the NHL). In the postseason, the team’s attempting an average of 33.1 shots on goal ( 3.4 goals per game).
Following a regular season where they scored on 23.8 percent of all power-play chances (the fifth-best), the Jets have been able to score on 26.3 percent of their power plays in the postseason. Their penalty kill’s gone from 80.9 percent in the regular season to 74.3 percent in the playoffs.
With a .924 save percentage and 28.2 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (53-28-10) has been the primary option in goal for Winnipeg this season. If head coach Paul Maurice decides to rest him, however, Winnipeg might turn to Steve Mason (5-9-1 record, .907 save percentage, 3.15 goals against average).
The visiting Jets have relied heavily on Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine this year. Wheeler has 109 points via 26 goals and 83 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 30 different games. Laine has 48 goals and 33 assists to his nameand has registered a point in 61 games.
Vegas is 60-34 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 21.9 units this year. Through 94 regular season contests, 46 of its games have gone over the total, while 44 have gone under and just four have pushed. It’s 33-13 SU at home this year.
The Golden Knights have converted on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 81.7 percent of all penalties.
Golden Knights skaters have been penalized only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 5.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team has been forced to defend opponent power plays 12.4 minutes per game over their last five home outings.
Marc-Andre Fleury (28.5 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for the Golden Knights. Fleury has 38 wins, 20 losses, and five overtime losses to his name and has registered a strong .931 save percentage and a solid 2.12 goals against average this year.
The Knights offense will be led by William Karlsson (48 goals, 42 assists) and Jonathan Marchessault (33 goals, 57 assists).
Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights Betting Predictions
Free Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under
The under has hit in three of Vegas’ last five outings.
Winnipeg has managed 30.6 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Vegas is averaging 37.2 shots per game over its last five at home.
Over Winnipeg’s last ten games, eight of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 6-2 in those games).
Winnipeg skaters have dished out the league’s 11th-most hits per game (22.9).
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