With the NFL slowing down, and the Super Bowl approaching, the NHL will begin to trickle out more games on Sunday’s. We get a full slate today with plenty of teams in action. The card begins early in the afternoon, with it concluding in Las Vegas. We’re heading to frigid Winnipeg where the Sharks and Jets tangle at MTS Place. It’s pretty frigid everywhere, and cold temperatures are nothing new for Winnipeg.
Things are a little more pleasant in San Jose weather wise, but the Sharks have to finish this road trip before heading back to California. The Sharks have been on the road since December 31st, beginning in Dallas and concluding in Winnipeg. However, after a matchup with the Coyotes, they head back on the road for three games. Brutal stretch of games for the Sharks who haven’t been playing their best hockey during the trip.
The Sharks dropped their last two against the Senators and Leafs, as well as three losses out of four games since hitting the road. They come in to Sunday with a record of 21-12-4, so they gave themselves some wiggle room heading into their tough stretch. They’ve been on the road for seven of their last ten games, winning five. It’s better to get it out of the way now rather than deal with a difficult schedule when the playoffs are drawing near.
The Sharks have been quiet producers thus far. They haven’t been turning any heads, but going about their business in a productive manner. The Jets on the other hand, have been turning some heads. The Jets have gotten out to a hot start with a record of 24-11-6. It isn’t on a Vegas Golden Knights shocker level, but they’ve been one of the surprise teams of the 2017-18 season. The Jets will be playing their sixth game in a row at home. Head below for our free Sharks vs. Jets pick in the NHL on Sunday.
San Jose Sharks vs. Winnipeg Jets Pick
The Jets have gotten a ton out of Blake Wheeler this season. He’s been a gem for the Jets and has been a catalyst for his team in Winnipeg. Wheeler has scored 14 goals and notched 35 assists. He has helped the Jets jump to the top-5 in offence, with 3.31 goals scored per game. They’re on a path for the playoffs, something they haven’t accomplished since 2014-15. The Jets couldn’t win a game, though, as they were bounced by the Ducks in four games. They looked primed and ready to win a game this year.
The Jets have been strong at home, with a posted record of 15-3-1. They’ve been pumping the net lately, with an average of 3.8 goals scored per in their last five games. In their last ten games, they’ve netted 3.2 goals per game while allowing 2.3 goals. Connor Hellebuyck has established himself as the starter for the Jets and he’s been doing a good job in net. He has a 2.40 GAA and 0.922 save percentage. In his last eight games, he’s posted an impressive record of 6-0-2 with a 1.97 GAA and 0.936 save percentage. Steve Mason was brought over to be a starter, but Hellebuyck jumped on the chance after Mason struggled significantly. The last place the Sharks want to be is in Winnipeg on Sunday. I expect the Jets to take care of a road weary Sharks team at home.
PICK: JETS (-130)