Bad beat last night in the NHL, as we went to the 10:00 minute mark in the second period without a goal and then that quickly changed. By the end of the period, it was a 3-2 game for the Blues, five goals in about ten minutes. After all that, an empty net goal was ultimately the difference. Hard one to take, especially when I felt it was handicapped properly, even after the 4-2 final. Neither team could sustain much on either end, and the only times they really had scoring chances they scored. Considering Jonathan Quick and Jake Allen are in net, a scoring barrage like that isn’t something you see coming when the game was dead up to that point.
It’s all about Game 6 of the World Series tonight on the sports landscape. After what happened in Game 5, it’s a must-watch matchup. The Astros can close the series out with a win tonight or in Game 7. I’m going to head to Minnesota, though, where the Jets and Wild are doing battle. There are only three games on the card tonight, as everyone will be watching the World Series. And hey, if you really love football, there is a MAC football game tonight between Bowling Green and Kent State. Only diehards need tune-in for that college football game.
The Jets and Wild have gotten off to identical starts. The Jets a record of 5-3-2 and the Wild at 4-3-1. In a lot of ways, they’ve been mirror images of one another in more than just their average starts to the year. Each team would be quite content if their defence decided to earn their paychecks and actually play defence. Defence has been an afterthought for the Jets and Wild.
For the Jets, it’s pretty well expected. They have goaltending issues and they have looked lifeless on the defensive end. Steve Mason hasn’t gotten much help, but he needs to play better as well. It’s a little different for the Wild, a team who we’ve associated with stingy defence for many years. They have had a top-5 unit ever since acquiring Devan Dubnyk, but not the case in 2017-18. Head below for our free Jets vs. Wild pick on Tuesday night in the NHL.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild Pick
The Jets are coming off one of their most impressive showings in the second-life of their franchise. They dispatched the Penguins in a blowout of 7-1. Blake Wheeler netted a hat trick to lead the way. It took him just 1 period to complete the hatty. The Penguins have now lost 10-1 and 7-1 in October. They’re either winning games or getting blown out. I think they’re just a bit bored and not getting up to play this early in the year.
You can see that with the Blackhawks too, despite beating the Pens 7-1. Offence has been here for the Jets this season. They are averaging 3.10 goals per game, but when you allow 3.10 goals as well, you’re doing nothing but treading water.
The Wild have scored an average of 4.25 goals on the Jets in their last four meetings. Conversely, though, the Jets averaged 4 goals per game on the Wild in those four. If you can do simple math, that equates to 8.25 goals scored in total. With the likes of Steve Mason and a bad Winnipeg defence, I don’t see how it changes much.
Mason holds a sky high GAA of 4.84 and 0.872 save percentage. If you don’t follow hockey that just means he’s been awful in net. Not too excited to be playing in Winnipeg, are you Steve? We may see Hellebuyck in net who has bee better, but I still like our bet. Likewise, Dubnyk has seen a sharp decline in production, with a 3.04 GAA and 0.905 save percentage. Each of their last three meetings resulted in one-goal final scores, all high scoring affairs. The OVER has gone 6-1 in their last seven meetings. I could see another close game, with a probable final of 4-3. No bad beat tonight.
PICK: OVER 6 (-110)