The NHL is set up with another great slate of hockey action on October 19. Eleven games will be up on the board throughout October 19. One of these matchups will be between the Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild. These two teams will look for a big win in this early season tilt on Tuesday. This game will drop the puck at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
Winnipeg has earned a record of 0-2-0 to open up this new season, which has them tied for last place of the Central division. The Jets made the postseason a year ago, but were knocked out in the second round. Winnipeg has come out slow this season, but will look for a big win in this one. I expect the Jets to change things up in this matchup.
The Wild have put up a record of 2-0-0 so far this season, which has them in first place of the Central division. Minnesota made the playoffs last season, but were knocked out in the first round against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Wild had a strong opening weekend and will look to carry momentum into this one. Minnesota will look for a big win in this one.
These two teams will look for a big win early in this season on Tuesday night. The Jets have come out a bit slow this season, while Minnesota has been pretty strong in their first two games. Winnipeg will look to pull off an upset on the road though. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Winnipeg Jets||+1 ½ (-190)||+134||Over 5 ½ (-108)|
|Minnesota Wild||-1 ½ (+165)||-148||Under 5 ½ (-102)|
|Team Data||Winnipeg Jets||Minnesota Wild|
|Away/ Home Record||0-2-0||0-0-0|
|Goals Per Game||2.00||2.50|
|Goals Per Game Away/ Home||2.00||–|
|Save Percentage Away/ Home||.849||–|
- 72-69 in last 141 games
- 22-20 in first half of season last three seasons
- 14-12 in last 26 Tuesday night games
- 14-9 in last 23 games off two days of rest
- 45-40 in last 85 divisional games
- 20-27 in last 47 games after allowing four or more goals in previous matchup
- 76-62 in last 138 games
- 21-22 in first half of season last three seasons
- 10-12 in last 22 games on Tuesday night
- 6-5 in last 11 games off two days of rest
- 46-36 in last 82 divisional games
These two teams have not met up since the 2019-20 season. The Jets and Wild met up three times throughout that season with Winnipeg going 2-0-1 in those matchups. Minnesota has improved quite a bit since those games though and will look to bounce back in this one as they try to prove they are legit.
The Jets have not been able to get their special teams going early in this season. Winnipeg has gone 0-8 on the power play this season. The Jets have also given up four power play goals on ten chances against, which is a 60 percent kill rate.
Minnesota has not been much better on special teams early in the season. The Wild have capitalized on one of their six power play chances, which is a 16.7 percent power play. Minnesota has given up two power play goals on eight penalties against, which is a 75 percent penalty kill.
These two teams have had rough starts to the season on special teams and will look for a big win in this one. The Wild have had a bit better run on their special teams. Both teams will look to switch things up in this one though. If either team can get the power play going on Tuesday, it could be enough for the win.
I expect Connor Hellebuyck to get the nod in the crease for Winnipeg in this matchup. Hellebuyck has lost both of his starts to open up the season. He has posted a .849 save percentage and a GAA of 4.10 on the season. Hellebuyck stopped 27 of 31 shots in his last start against the San Jose Sharks.
#NHLJets Connor Hellebuyck in last 6 starts dating back to last season's playoffs:
.891 SV% pic.twitter.com/KbS9IUgSXl
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) October 17, 2021
Cam Talbot will likely get the start in the net for the Wild on Tuesday night. Talbot has gone 2-0 to open up this season. He has put up a save percentage of .950 and a 1.51 GAA in his starts on the season. Talbot finished with 29 saves on 31 shots in his last start against the Los Angeles Kings.
These two goalies have had opposite starts to the season, but I expect Hellebuyck to bounce back as the season goes along. Talbot has been playing great, but if the Jets can break through early in this one, I think it will be enough for the win. If Hellebuyck can step up as well, I think Winnipeg can earn a big win.
The Jets have had a rough start to this season, but will look to bounce back on the road in this one. I think that Winnipeg is much better than their first two games imply and they will earn a win against the Wild. I like Hellebuyck’s chances to bounce back on Tuesday night and if the Jets can give him an early lead, I think they will pull off the upset.
BetOnline has Minnesota listed as a -148 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Wild will win this game around 59.7 percent of the time. I think that this line should be a bit closer to even. Winnipeg is bound to win a game soon and I think it could hand Minnesota their first loss. If the Jets can give Hellebuyck some early support, I really like their chances to pull off the upset.