Colorado Looks to Regain Division Lead
The Colorado Avalanche fell into second place in the tightly bunched Central Division race after Dallas defeated the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
However, Colorado has games against Winnipeg and Nashville remaining while Dallas wraps up the regular season on Thursday with another game against St. Louis.
The Avalanche have the fourth-best points percentage in the NHL since the start of March while Winnipeg, which has secured one of two wild cards in the Western Conference, is just 18th.
Colorado is second on the power play during that stretch with Winnipeg coming in 29th, so keep that in mind when making NHL picks.
When looking at some of the NHL news, winger Nikolaj Ehlers is questionable for Winnipeg while fellow forwards Sam Gagner and Cole Perfetti are out.
For Colorado, forward Artturi Lehkonen is close to returning while defensemen Cale Makar and Josh Manson as well as forward Darren Helm are out.
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According to the NHL playoff odds, the Avalanche (+700) are tied for second in the odds to win the Stanley Cup title. The Jets (+5000) are tied for 15th in the championship odds.
Morrissey Finishing Strong
Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey ended March by being held without a point in five straight games and posting a defensive rating of -4.
It has been a different story in April as he has points in four of the five games. During Winnipeg’s current three-game winning streak, he has had a hand in five of the 11 goals. He has a goal and six assists in five games played in April. San Jose’s Erik Karlsson and Brandon Montour of Florida are the only defensemen with more points in the month.
Morrissey is +6 in the five games and is tied for the most even-strength points among defenseman as he has led Winnipeg’s push into the playoffs.
Ten of Winnipeg’s last 13 games went under the NHL betting lines total and so have the last six road games.
Dynamic Duo Leads Colorado
It has been a little bit of all-or-nothing for Colorado’s duo of Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen.
MacKinnon has four multi-point games in April. However, dating back to the final game that Colorado played in March, he has been held without a goal or an assist in three of the last seven games. Colorado has lost two of those games.
Rantanen has been held scoreless in those same three contests with Colorado scoring seven goals in the three games compared to 20 goals scored in the other four games.
MacKinnon is at 107 points despite missing 11 games and Rantanen has a career-high 54 goals after never scoring more than 36 coming into this season.
The Las Vegas odds total has gone over in five of the last six games played by the Blues.
Jets vs Avalanche Game Injuries
Jets vs Avalanche Head-to-Head
Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak to Winnipeg with a 5-1 road win on Feb. 24 as J.T. Compher, MacKinnon and Rantanen each had a goal and an assist.
Winnipeg won the previous two meetings this season 4-3 and 5-0.
Colorado is 8-2 in the last 10 home games against the Jets, with five of the last six games in the series played in Denver going over the total.
Blake Wheeler had three goals and three assists in the first three games against Colorado this season. Rantanen had three goals and two assists to lead the Avalanche.
Jets vs Avalanche Game Information
- Game: Jets (45-32-3) vs Avalanche (49-24-6)
- Location: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 13th, 8 p.m. ET
- Jets vs Avalanche Live Stream: NHL.TV
Jets vs Avalanche Betting Lines
Jets vs Avalanche Picks and Prediction
This is one of four games on Thursday featuring two teams headed to the playoffs. Winnipeg is locked into the second wild card slot in the Western Conference and right now that would mean a first-round matchup against Vegas.
The Jets have outscored the Avalanche 10-1 in the last two meetings despite being outshot 76-50.
When making NHL predictions, keep in mind that Winnipeg is 22-18 against the spread on the road this season with Colorado covering against the NHL betting lines in 18 of 40 home games.
Colorado is 37-21-3 when listed as the favorite by the NHL odds with Winnipeg 15-17-1 as the underdog.
Winnipeg Jets are listed at +170 in our Las Vegas hockey odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Jets, you have a chance to win $170. Colorado is -200, offering a chance to win $50 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Winnipeg Jets a 37.04% chance to win, with the Colorado Avalanche at 66.67%.