The NHL is set up with a strong night of action throughout February 19. Four games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Winnipeg Jets and the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams have had opposite starts to this season, but will look for a win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 10:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.
The Jets have earned a record of 9-6-1 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the North Division. Winnipeg is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost three of their last five. The Jets will look to bounce back with a much needed win in this one. Winnipeg has been solid so far this season and will look to grab a win in this one.
Vancouver has started out this season with a record of 8-11-1, which has them in sixth place of the North Division. The Canucks were able to earn a win in their last game, which was their second win in three games. Vancouver has had a six game losing streak before this recent stretch of success. The Canucks will look to try and climb back into contention with a win in this one.
These two teams have had different starts to the season, but neither team is out of the North Division race yet. The Jets are currently sitting in a playoff spot, while Vancouver is out, but there is still plenty of time for the Canucks to turn it around. I expect a great game between these two teams on Friday night as they both look for a much needed win.
The Jets and the Canucks met up twice throughout last season. Winnipeg hosted the first game on November 8. J.T. Miller opened up the scoring for Vancouver, but it would not be enough. Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist, while Adam Lowry, Jack Roslovic and Mark Scheifele all scored. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 of 33 shots as the Jets won 4-1.
Winnipeg also hosted the second game of the season series on January 14. Kyle Connor registered two goals and an assist to help lead the Jets to a big win. Patrik Laine had two assists on the night, while Jack Roslovic and Blake Wheeler both finished with a goal. Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 41 shots he faced to propel Winnipeg to a 4-0 win on the night.
The first meeting of this season’s series was in Winnipeg on January 30. Mason Appleton had a goal for the Jets, but it was not enough this time around. Brock Boeser finished with two goals on the night for the Canucks. Nils Hoglander and Zack MacEwen added a goal as well for Vancouver. Thatcher Demko finished with 23 saves on 24 shots as the Canucks won 4-1.
These two teams have met three times over the last two seasons. The Jets were able to win both games last season, but came up short in the first game of this season’s series. The Canucks will look to grab another win in this one as they look to knock off an impressive Winnipeg team. The Jets will look to tighten up on defense to avoid a strong Vancouver performance.
Winnipeg has gotten off to a solid start on special teams this season. The Jets have been able to capitalize on around 12 of their 52 power play opportunities, which is a 23.1 percent success rate. Winnipeg has given up 9 goals on their opponents 45 power play chances, which is an 80 percent penalty kill. The Jets will look to keep that up in this one.
The Canucks have struggled a bit on the power play so far this season, but their penalty kill has been strong. Vancouver is scoring on around 12 of their 70 power play attempts, which is a 17.1 percent power play. The Canucks have killed off 65 of the 79 penalties against them, which is an 82.3 percent kill rate. Vancouver will look to improve the power play as they try to string some wins together.
These two teams have been solid so far this season on special teams. The Jets have put together the slightly better power play, but it is Vancouver penalty kill that has been the better of the two. The Canucks will look to find some success against Winnipeg’s average penalty kill in this one. If either team can break through on special teams, it could be enough to grab the win.
I expect Connor Hellebuyck to get the nod between the pipes in this one for the Jets. Hellebuyck has started in 13 games this season, going 7-5-1 in those starts. He has posted a save percentage of .916 and a 2.61 GAA in his games played. Hellebuyck finished with 27 saves on 30 shots in his last start against the Oilers, which was not enough for a win.
Braden Holtby will likely get the start in the crease for Vancouver on Friday night. Holtby has earned a record of 4-5 throughout his 9 starts this season. He has put up a .896 save percentage and a GAA of 3.44 in his starts so far. Holtby’s last start was against the Calgary Flames, where he stopped 35 of 36 shots to help propel the Canucks to the win.
These two goalies have put up very different stat lines so far this season, with Hellebuyck having the clear edge. Holtby is coming off a strong start, which was his first start in 9 days. Vancouver will look for Holtby to continue to build off that break from play in this one as they lean on him to have another great start. If either goalie can give their team momentum early, it could be enough to earn the win.
I expect a great game between these two teams on Friday night. The Jets have been dangerous all season, but Vancouver finally seems to be coming out of their slide. The Canucks will look to grab a statement win at home in this one. I expect both teams to try and come out hot in offense to try and give their team the edge early in this one.
BetOnline has the Canucks listed as a -109 against the money line in this one. This implies that Vancouver will win this game around 52.2 percent of the time. The Canucks are coming off a win in their last game and will look to knock off the Jets as well. If Vancouver can carry momentum over into this one, I think they can knock off the Jets on Friday night.