Jets, Penguins Looking to Pick Up Two Points
The 2022-23 NHL season is getting more exciting now that we are in January. The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night, which will be an important game in the playoff race.
Winnipeg might be a bit fatigued on Friday night after picking up a 4-2 win over the Sabres in Buffalo on Thursday. The Jets have posted a record of 27-14-1 this season and are in a great position in the Central Division.
Pittsburgh comes into this game having won two straight, but they weren’t playing great hockey before going on this mini-run. The Penguins sit in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division, but there is still plenty of time to make a full run.
The NHL betting lines in this game have the Penguins as the moneyline betting favorites at -175 over the Jets.
Goaltending Guiding Jets
The Winnipeg Jets have been doing a ton of things right this season, but the goaltending has really been what has set this team apart from others. Connor Hellebuyck has posted a record of 20-10-1 this season, and the Jets can usually count on him to allow two goals or less.
Kyle Connor has been the best offensive player for this team, racking up 52 points this season. Winnipeg does have a balanced attack, scoring over 3.3 goals per game.
The Jets are extremely dangerous on the power play, converting nearly 24% of the time. Winnipeg continues to do all of the important things needed to win hockey games.
Penguins Great on Special Teams
Head coach Mike Sullivan has been pleased with his Penguins team of late, saying, “We’ve had a couple of real emotional days from a team standpoint. I couldn’t be more proud of this group.” Pittsburgh still has some flaws, but they are winning games because of special teams’ play.
Pittsburgh is scoring on the power play over 21% of the time and killing off 85% of their penalties. Both areas will have to be solid against a Winnipeg team that capitalizes on mistakes from opponents.
Sidney Crosby has been terrific for Pittsburgh this season, leading the team with 21 goals and 27 assists.
Jets vs Penguins Game Injuries
Jets vs Penguins Head-to-Head
This will be the season’s second matchup between the Jets and Penguins, and looking at the scores and odds from the first game can help make predictions in this one. The Penguins went on the road and picked up a 3-0 win over the Jets in Winnipeg on Nov. 19, which will give them some confidence in this game.
Jets vs Penguins Game Information
- Game: Jets (27-14-1) vs Penguins (21-13-6)
- Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
- Day/Time: Friday, Jan. 13, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Jets vs Penguins Live stream: NHL.TV
Jets vs Penguins Betting Lines
Jets vs Penguins Picks and Prediction
Winnipeg is coming into this game with a ton of momentum, and they have also been the better team overall this season. All of that might be true, but taking on the Penguins in Pittsburgh is a lot tougher than some of their other recent games.
Pittsburgh has enough offense to skate along with Winnipeg, which will turn this game into a high-scoring affair. The Penguins will get just enough stops in the blue paint to give themselves a chance to score a crucial goal and pick up a big win.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Winnipeg Jets at +1½ (-160), but it’s going to be the Pittsburgh Penguins that win this game outright.
The Winnipeg Jets are listed at +155 in our Vegas Lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Jets, you have a chance to win $155. The Pittsburgh Penguins are -175, offering a chance to win $57.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines give the Jets a 39.22% chance to win, with the Penguins at 63.64%.