NHL Preview and Free Pick: Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Two Western Conference clubs with major playoff aspirations hit the ice for this evening’s featured NHL
matchup. The Winnipeg Jets travel to Vegas to take on the Golden Knights, a meeting of two squads
which have been struggling of late.
Date/Time/TV: Fri. Feb.22, 10:00 PM EST, ESPN+
Money Line: Winnipeg Jets +125, Vegas Golden Knights -145
The Jets were last in action on Wednesday at the Colorado Avalanche, and they were shellacked to
the tune of 7-1. That was the club’s third defeat in a row and the most lopsided of the trio. For the
season, Winnipeg is 36-20-4 with 76 points, good enough for 4th place in the west.
The Golden Knights occupy the 6th spot in the conference with a record of 32-25-5 and 69 points.
They were also on the ice Wednesday, dropping a 3-2 home shootout decision to the Boston Bruins.
That was the team’s second loss in a row, and fifth defeat over the last six.
Winnipeg has been cruising along nicely for much of the regular season, but the club has struggled to
a mark of 4-4-2 (7-3 O/U) over the last 10. The team is decent on the road at 15-13, but they are just
1-3 in away games this month.
Connor Hellebuyck is the probable starter tonight. He’s 26-17-2 thus far with a 2.98 GAA and .909
save percentage. Hellebuyck has victories in just two of his last five while giving up 20 goals. Mark
Scheifele’s 30 goals leads the team, while Blake Wheeler is tops with 57 assists.
Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas was playing like one of the top teams in the conference for a good part of the first half of the
season, but the team is just 3-6-1 (6-4 O/U) for the last 10. The season-long home record is strong at
17-9-2, but the Golden Knights have won just one of their last five on the home ice.
Marc-Andre Fleury is expected in goal this evening. He’s 29-18-5 with a 2.60 GAA and .908 save
percentage to date. For his last five, Fleury has just one win with 19 goals allowed. Jonathan
Marchessault leads the way with 19 goals, while Alex Tuch is the team leader with 26 assists.
Jets vs. Golden Knights Prediction
These two squads last hooked up in Winnipeg on January 15 with the hosts skating away with a 4-1
victory. Since Vegas entered the league, they have met nine time in total with the Golden Knights
picking up wins in six of them.
Despite the recent struggles of these two squads, they are both clear playoff teams in the west who
should turn things around before too long. We’ll expect a better performance from the Jets than what
they delivered on Wednesday, but we’ll go with the hosts to win a close one.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights Pick: Vegas Golden Knights -145