Jets VS Panthers: Best NHL Matchup Of The Week

The 2018-19 NHL season is off to a great start, with many teams and players putting up huge numbers so far. The Western Conference appears to be the top conference so far this season, with the Central Division looking to be the toughest. Near the top of the Central Division sits the Winnipeg Jets, who look like a real contender to win the Stanley Cup this year. The Jets will host the Florida Panthers on Friday, November 2 after playing in Florida the night before. Winnipeg should be the huge favorites in both contests, but the Jets have a much bigger edge at home. Let's take a look at each team before outlining why the Jets over the Panthers are the NHL betting pick of the week.

Jets Special Teams Leading the Way

The Jets enter this week with 15 points and sit in third place in the Central Division. A big reason for the Jets early success this season has been the play of their special teams. Winnipeg has scored on 31.4 percent of their power play situations this season, which is the third-best percentage in the NHL. The Jets have killed off 82.9 percent of their penalties this year, which is the 10th-best mark in the league.

Center Mark Scheifele leads the Jets with six goals and twelve points so far this season. Three of his six goals have come on the power play. Blake Wheeler has a team-high nine assists so far this season. Goaltender Laurent Brossoit has won all three starts that he has made this season, posting a 1.67 goals against average. The Jets have a talented team that could make a deep postseason run.

Panthers Can't Stop Opponents

The Florida Panthers come into this week with just seven points, and they have won just two games. The Panthers are giving up a whopping 3.7 goals per game this season, which is one of the worst averages in the league. Florida has played three different goaltenders so far this season, and none of them have been very successful.

Evgenii Dadonov leads the Panthers with ten points so far this season, and he has registered four goals scored. The Panthers average 3.0 goals per game, which is right at league average, but they need more production from all of their lines. Florida has converted just 15 percent of their power play chances this season which is another reason for their slow start to the season.

Winnipeg Wins At Home

The Jets and Panthers will meet on back to back nights this weekend, and the Jets should win both of these contests. Winnipeg will have a long way to travel in their Thursday game, but should have a huge advantage at home on Friday night. The Panthers have struggled to stop opponents all season long, and the Jets offense should take advantage. Bet the Winnipeg Jets over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.

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