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Expect Another Goal-Fest for Game 2 of Avalanche vs Jets

The Colorado Avalanche and Winnipeg Jets opened their series with an exciting battle in game one, and the teams will be bringing the heat again in game two. After going down to the wire in the series opener, Winnipeg ultimately got the 7-6 win at home to grab its ninth straight win and will be looking to go up 2-0 on the Avalanche before the series heads back to Colorado. The game should be another close one with NHL odds having it as essentially a toss-up, but it should also be another high-scoring affair that goes over the 6 ½-goal total.

 

Expect Another Goal-Fest for Game 2 of Avalanche vs Jets
Expect Another Goal-Fest for Game 2 of Avalanche vs Jets

Avalanche vs Jets Game Information

  • Game: Avalanche (50-25-7) vs Jets (52-24-6)
  • Location: Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg, MB
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, April 23, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Avalanche vs Jets Live Stream: NHL.com

 

Avalanche vs Jets Odds and Spreads

 

  • Over is 7-0 in Avalanche last 7 vs. Central Division.
  • Over is 6-0-1 in Jets last 7 Tuesday games.
  • Over is 5-0-1 in Jets last 6 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Over is 5-0 in Jets last 5 home games.
  • Over is 4-0 in Jets last 4 overall.

 

Offense Fuels Jets’ Late-Season Surge

Winnipeg had one of the best defenses in the NHL this season, but its offense has been gaining steam and should not be overlooked either.

The Jets averaged 3.16 goals a game in the regular season and was a main part of their win streak to close out the regular season. Winnipeg averaged 4.38 goals in its final eight regular-season games, scoring at least four goals in all but one of those games. The Jets averaged 3.34 goals on home ice this season.

That number only inflated when Winnipeg entered the postseason as it scored seven on the Avalanche in the series opener. The Jets had plenty of offensive success against Colorado in the regular season as well, sweeping the Avs and scoring 17 goals in the three games. With the Avalanche’s defense not the strongest, especially on the road, the Jets should be able to keep up the scoring.

 

Goalie Struggles Abound

Though Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck has been one of the best in the league this season, neither he nor Avalanche starter Alexander Georgiev played well in the opener.

Hellebuyck was great for the Jets in all three regular-season games against Colorado, giving up 1.3 goals a game and posting a shutout, but he allowed six goals while finishing with a .870 save percentage in the series opener. In fact, Hellebuyck didn’t have the strongest end to the regular season either, averaging an .899 save percentage in his final three home games.

However, Georgiev wasn’t any better as he allowed 11 goals in two regular-season games to Winnipeg and gave up seven on a .696 save percentage in the opener. Georgiev also struggled a bit in the regular season, finishing with a .897 save percentage while allowing 3.02 goals. In his final five games, Georgiev had a .843 save percentage, and he’ll need to tighten up to help Colorado get out of the first round.

 

Another High-Scoring Game in the Cards

Though another 13-goal game may not be on the docket for game two between the Avalanche and Jets, the two should combine to hit the over from the sportsbook once more.

Colorado boasted the best offense in the regular season behind the play of Nathan MacKinnon, and with the way its defense and Georgiev is playing, that will be needed to just keep the Avalanche in the game with the Jets. Winnipeg has also appeared to find its offensive identity at the right time, and with the teams going over 6 ½ goals in three of their four matchups this season, they should do it once more.

 

Prediction: Over 6 ½ goals (-105)

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Who leads the Avalanche in scoring?


Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado with 140 points and 51 goals.

Who will win the game?


With the Jets’ stronger defense and strength at home, they are more likely to win.

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