It’s rare two teams face-off three times in rapid succession at the start of a gruelling 82-game season, but that is exactly the scenario that awaits the Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday evening.
The Jets’ offense exploded to life in that opening meeting, with Winnipeg scoring five times on a porous Anaheim blue-line. Forward Kyle Connor has been scoring at will for the Jets, a good thing as both Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler remain in COVID protocol.
The Ducks were blasted 5-1 by Winnipeg last Thursday, and though they’re a young team going through a very obvious rebuild, they have quality pieces and will be primed to provide a stiffer test on Tuesday night – this time on home ice, with the benefit of last change.
The Ducks will look to get back to the recipe that saw them defeat Winnipeg on opening night by a 4-1 scoreline, and after losing three straight contests – the pressure is mounting. For the Jets, they remain depleted and in the midst of a long road-trip, don’t be surprised to see Connoe Hellebuyck get a night off, and Eric Comrie go between the pipes.
With their third match in just over two weeks time, the Jets and Ducks will be very familiar with one another by now. For added insight, betting news, trends and analysis – keep on reading beneath the current odds as we look to improve our stellar hockey record with a Monday evening winner. Enjoy the Ducks and Jets for the final time this season, folks!
"We have players understanding the value of an opportunity, this is their time to get more minutes, to push themselves."
Head Coach Paul Maurice with an update on Wheeler and Scheifele, how the team has coped without them, and more.
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— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 25, 2021
Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks Live Odds & Betting History
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Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks Prediction
While Anaheim looked great their opening night of the season against these Winnipeg Jets, the allure has quickly worn off. The Ducks have lost three straight contests, clearly showing evidence of the growing pains many young teams endured. In those three games, they have allowed a staggering 15 goals. They aren’t getting saves, and not getting quality play out of their veteran leaders.
The Jets meanwhile are keen to see the Ducks again, and despite being down some key pieces up front – Paul Maurice’s group has proven they can still score at will. Kyle Connor and Nik Ehlers lead the way nightly, and a deep and balanced attack has the ability to wear down opposing bluelines. Connor is already one of the top producers in the NHL, and should pace the Jets on Tuesday night offensively.
In goal, it’ll likely be veteran John Gibson for the Ducks, while Winnipeg is likely to give their starter Connor Hellebuyck a rare night off. The American-born netminder has struggled so far, and he’ll likely give way to Eric Comrie, who has yet to feature this season. While Hellebuyck is a great goalie, giving him a break might not be the worst thing right now for Winnipeg given his less-than-stellar stats.
A key in this match-up will be Winnipeg using their skill and speed up front to really wear down Anaheim’s untested blue-line. Their play without the puck has been porous through six contests, and a 30th-ranked Corsi of 43.8% at even strength, does not inspire much confidence. Look for coach Paul Maurice and the Jets to pounce once again.
Kyle Connor (@NHLJets), Connor McDavid (@EdmontonOilers) and Ilya Sorokin (@NYIslanders) have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Oct. 24.#NHLStats: https://t.co/hig7gN2fiT pic.twitter.com/0UmfNBGCjC
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 25, 2021
Jets vs. Ducks Trends To Know:
- Ducks are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Ducks are 5-22 in their last 27 games as a home underdog.
- Jets are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Jets are 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win.
- Jets are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings vs. Anaheim
The Ducks have not fared well of late in these types of spots, and against a Jets squad riding high – keeping Winnipeg off of the scoresheet will be a tough task. Eric Comrie will provide a spark, and Winnipeg should be able to get to the middle of the ice with regularity for frequent scoring chances. At a slight favourite price, roll with the Jets on Tuesday evening.