The Chicago Blackhawks have been a model franchise over the last ten years or so, but there is one team in particular who have been getting under their skin this season. In four meetings this season, the Blackhawks have failed to beat the Jets in four attempts this season. Their last win against the Jets came in April, a 5-4 overtime victory. The last meeting on January 26th resulted in a 5-3 win for the Jets in Chicago. Chicago have been playing quality hockey of late, though, with three wins in a row versus the Coyotes, Stars, and Wild. With a record of 33-17-4, the Blackhawks should have another go at it in the playoffs this year. They are definitely playing second-fiddle to the Penguins and Capitals without a doubt in the pecking order, but who knows, maybe the sneak up and play lights out in the spring.
The Jets come into Friday night with a record of 25-27-3, an average record for an average team. It feels so long ago when the Jets last made the playoffs, but it was only in 2015 that we last saw them. Their appearance didn’t last long, as they suffered a 4-0 sweep to the Anaheim Ducks. So, the Jets are still searching for a playoff win in the modern era, which probably isn’t going to come this year, either. The Jets are under .500 at the moment and things are looking pretty dire, albeit, expected for them. This isn’t the NBA, a vanilla .500 record won’t get you close to tasting the postseason. The Jets can pump their chests with regards to how things are going for them of late against the Hawks, though. They’ve had that going for them. Let’s see if they can make it work against them again tonight at home in Winnipeg.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets Pick
Last night proved to be a profitable night for us, as we cashed a big fat ticket on the Penguins against the Avalanche. Sometimes it looks too easy, and that one ended up being an easy winner for us. We’ll try and duplicate that success as we get the weekend started in chilly Winnipeg. The Jets biggest problem is finding a way to attract top-tier talent to come play in Winnipeg. It isn’t the biggest or hottest market in the NHL, so it’s particularly difficult for them to reel in big fish. It leaves the drafting well a critical competent of their future success. Patrik Laine fell into their laps after Auston Matthews went to Toronto, and he’s been doing A-OK with 23 goals and 20 assists on the season.
The Jets have been playing quite well on offence, aided by the assistance of Patrik Laine. They’re averaging 2.84 goals per game which is 9th in the NHL, a spot ahead of the Blackhawks. However, they’ve been getting blasted on defence, allowing 3.13 goals per game for 27th in the league. In their last ten games they scored 3.60 goals a game, but gave it back with 3.60 goals allowed. Note that the Blackhawks surrendered 3.10 goals per game in their last ten games as well. I expect nothing less than a generous amount of goals being scored tonight in Winnipeg.
PICK: OVER 5.5 GOALS (-110)