Los Angeles Kings vs Winnipeg Jets NHL Pick – April 2

The NHL is set up with another solid slate of action throughout Saturday. Nine games are up on the board throughout April 2. One of these games will be between the Los Angeles Kings and the Winnipeg Jets. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will drop the puck at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

Los Angeles has earned a record of 37-23-10 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Pacific division. The Kings are coming off a win in their last game, but have lost three of their last five. Los Angeles has a three point lead on the third place Oilers, but have played two extra games. The Kings will look for a big win in this one.

The Jets have put up a record of 33-26-10 so far this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Central division. Winnipeg is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost five of their last seven. The Jets are three points out of the final wild card spot, but have played three extra games. Winnipeg will look to grab an important two points at home.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Kings are comfortably in a playoff spot, but are in a tight race for the second seed. Winnipeg is fighting for the final wild card spot in the Conference. If either team can come out hot in this one, it could be enough for the win on Saturday.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Los Angeles Kings +1 ½ (-225) +110 Over 6 (-105)
Winnipeg Jets -1 ½ (+185) -130 Under 6 (-115)

 

Team Data Los Angeles Kings Winnipeg Jets
Overall Record 37-23-10 33-26-10
Away/ Home Record 19-9-6 19-13-2
Goals Per Game 2.83 3.09
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.74 3.47
Save Percentage .902 .906
Save Percentage Away/ Home .905 .908

Betting Trends

Los Angeles Kings

  • 5-2 in road games where total is 6 or more
  • 9-8 on Saturday
  • 10-9 after a divisional game
  • 13-13 revenging loss to opponent
  • 18-8 against team with a losing record

Winnipeg Jets

  • 5-5 on Saturday
  • 10-13 after a non-Conference game
  • 17-10 after allowing four or more goals
  • 12-9 after a loss by two goals or more
  • 16-23 against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. Los Angeles hosted the first game on October 28. Pierre-Luc Dubois had two goals, while Kyle Connor had three assists. The Jets grabbed a 3-2 win in that game. The second game shifted to Winnipeg on November 13. Logan Stanley had two assists, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 of 29 shots as the Jets grabbed a 3-2 win in overtime.

Special Teams

The Kings have struggled on special teams throughout this season. Los Angeles has scored on 35 of their 211 power play chances, which is a 16.6 percent power play. The Kings have killed off 142 of their opponents 188 power play attempts, which is a 75.5 percent kill rate. Los Angeles is 28th on the power play and 23rd on the kill this season.

Winnipeg has put up a solid power play on the season. The Jets have capitalized on 46 of their 210 power play opportunities, which is a 21.9 percent success rate. Winnipeg has given up 50 power play goals on 198 penalties against, which is a 74.8 percent penalty kill. The Jets are 14th on the man advantage and 28th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been struggling on the penalty kill throughout this season. Los Angeles has been the better team on the penalty kill by a little bit, but the Jets have put up the better power play. Winnipeg will look for their power play to step up early in this one as they chase the win. If either team can get a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Calvin Petersen to get the start in the crease for Los Angeles in this one. Petersen has earned a record of 19-11-1 throughout his 31 starts on the season. He has posted a .901 save percentage and a GAA of 2.71 in those games. Petersen’s last start was against the Calgary Flames. He stopped 26 of 28 shots in the win.

Connor Hellebuyck will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Jets on Saturday night. Hellebuyck has started in 57 games this season, going 25-23-9 in those starts. He has put up a save percentage of .912 and a 2.92 GAA in his outings. Hellebuyck finished with 35 saves on 37 shots in his last start against the Buffalo Sabres, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid on the season and will look for a big win in this one. Petersen is coming off a big win in his last start and has won three of his last five. Hellebuyck has won four of his last five starts entering this matchup. If either goalie can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win on Saturday night.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a win in this one. The Kings have struggled a bit more as of late and will look to come out quickly in this one. Los Angeles lost their first two games against Winnipeg, but I think they will bounce back in this one. If the Kings can grab an early lead in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Bovada has the Jets listed as a -130 against the money line in this one. This implies that that Winnipeg will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Los Angeles being the better team on the season. The Kings have been strong this season and will look for a big two points in this one.

The Bet
Los Angeles Kings
+110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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