Winnipeg Jets vs. N.J. Devils Pick
The Jets went all the way to the Western Conference Final last season against the Vegas Golden Knights. It was a battle of unlikely finalists, as the Knights were an expansion team and it was the first time that the Jets made it to a conference championship. They were stopped, though, with only this season to look forward to. They’ve gotten off to an average start with a record of 14-8-1. It’s way early, so we’ll see what the final product looks like.
The difference between the epic run they went on last season and this season has been the goaltending. It goes to that for a lot of teams, but probably most true for the Jets. Hellebuyck went into this season as a Vezina candidate. His play thus far hasn’t shown any evidence of that, though. Hellebuyck finished last season with a 2.36 GAA and 0.924 save percentage. He also played well in the postseason. However, it’s been tough for him this season, with a 3.09 GAA and 0.904 save percentage.
Despite the loss of Paul Stastny in the offseason, the Jets’ offence continues to produce. They rank 7th in the league with 3.46 goals per game and have looked good with 4.2 goals per game in their last ten, though allowing 3.2 during that same stretch.
Schneider has gotten rocked for a 4.27 GAA and 0.863 save percentage, so this might be a good night for him to finally show up, or it’s going to be another long night for the defence in New Jersey. Schneider allowed 5 goals on 28 shots in their first meeting with the Jets this season. We should be in for some goals to put this one OVER the total