The NHL is set up with another great night of action throughout March 1. Seven games are up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets. These two teams have had opposite starts to this season, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Vancouver has put up a record of 8-14-2 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the North Division. The Canucks have lost four games in a row entering this one and will look to get back in the win column in this one. Vancouver has struggled throughout this season with getting going and they need a fast start in this one.
The Jets have started out this season with a record of 13-6-1 so far this season, which has them in third place of the North Division. Winnipeg has won four games in a row and will look to keep this winning streak going. The Jets needed overtime to get the win in their last game and will look to grab a big win in this one.
These two teams have had very different starts to this season. Winnipeg has jumped out to a hot record to be in the middle of the North playoff race, while the Canucks have struggled to get going. Vancouver will look to get going in this one quickly though as they try to end the losing streak. The Jets will look to keep their winning streak going though as they face off against a struggling Vancouver team.
The Canucks and the Jets have met up three times throughout this season. Winnipeg hosted the first game on January 30. Mason Appleton scored a goal for the Jets on the night, but it was not enough. Brock Boeser scored twice on the night, while Nils Hoglander and Zack MacEwen each had a goal as well. Thatcher Demko finished with 23 saves on 24 shots to lead the Canucks to a 4-1 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to Vancouver on February 19. Thatcher Demko finished with 29 saves on 30 shots, but it was not enough. Mark Scheifele scored a goal in the first period to get the Jets going. Mason Appleton iced the game with an empty netter in the third. Laurent Brossoit stopped all 29 shots he faced as Winnipeg won 2-0.
Vancouver also hosted the third game of the season series on February 21. Elias Pettersson had two goals, while J.T. Miller had two assists on the night. The Canucks forced overtime, but could not get the win. Pierre-Luc Dubois had two goals and an assist, including the game winner. Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists, while Blake Wheeler had three assists. The Jets were able to grab a 4-3 win in overtime on the road.
Winnipeg lost the first game of the season series, but responded with two wins on the road against the Canucks. The Jets will look to carry that momentum into this home series against Vancouver. The Canucks kept their two losses close, but will need to break through in this one. If Vancouver can come out hot in this one, they might be able to beat Winnipeg.
The Canucks have struggled on the power play to this point in the season. Vancouver has capitalized on 13 of their 82 power play opportunities, which is a 15.9 percent power play. The Canucks have been a bit better on the penalty kill though. Vancouver has given up 18 goals on their opponents 93 power play chances, which is an 80.7 percent kill rate.
Winnipeg has been really strong on both sides of special teams so far this season. The Jets have scored on 15 of their 64 power play attempts, which is a 23.4 percent success rate. Winnipeg has killed off 44 of their 55 penalties against, which is an 80 percent penalty kill. The Jets will look to keep this up in this one to give themselves the edge.
The Jets have the edge on special teams coming into this one. These two teams have been strong on the penalty kill so far this season, but Winnipeg’s power play has been much better. The Canucks will look to get the power play going in this one as they try to give themselves the edge. If either team can put in a couple of power play goals, it could give them the win.
I expect Braden Holtby to get the nod between the pipes for Vancouver in this one. Holtby has started in 10 games this season, going 4-5-1 in those starts. He has posted a .893 save percentage and a GAA of 3.51 in his games played. Holtby’s last start was against the Winnipeg Jets on February 21, where he stopped 27 of 31 shots in an overtime loss.
Connor Hellebuyck will likely get the start in the crease for the Jets on Monday night. Hellebuyck has earned a record of 10-5-1 through his 16 starts this season. He has put up a save percentage of .918 and a 2.56 GAA so far this season. Hellebuyck finished with 40 saves on 41 shots in his last start against the Montreal Canadiens.
These two goalies have had very opposite starts to this season. Holtby has not started in a week and will look to use that rest to his advantage in this one. If Holtby can come out with a fresh mindset, he could knock off Winnipeg. Hellebuyck is coming off a huge start against Montreal and will look to build off that win entering this game.
The Canucks are entering this one on a tough losing streak, but will look to turn it around with a win against Winnipeg. Vancouver needs Holtby to step up in this one, which I think he will after sitting for a week. The Canucks will look to get their power play going as well. Vancouver has been off since February 25 and will look for that extra rest in this one.
BetOnline has Winnipeg listed as a -125 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Jets will win this game around 55.6 percent of the time. Winnipeg has been the better team so far this season, which makes sense for this line. I think that the Canucks will have a good chance to end this losing streak in this one and as underdogs, they have a lot of value.