The Winnipeg Jets stake their five-game win streak as they visit the Detroit Red Wings, losers of three straight. Of course, the NHL odds favor the former though not too significantly. Winnipeg is 10-7-1 on the road, with its last five games all going under. Overall, the Jets’ improved defense, combined with elite goaltending, has made them stingy on the totals.
Jets Have Their Mojo Back
What a difference a year makes. Just around this time last year, the Jets were 16-12-5 with a +2 goal differential. They were literally in the middle of the league. Now, the Jets are 26-13-1, +29, and a top-five team in the league. Rick Bowness has not only made this team good but also exciting again.
The biggest improvement can be traced to the backend. Josh Morrissey is having a Norris Trophy-worthy season with 46 points in 40 games and a team-leading +11 plus-minus. Notably, he is the first Jet to be named into the All-Star game since Dustin Byfuglien back in 2016.
Top 10 points leaders among NHL defencemen, to date:
1. Erik Karlsson, 54
2. Josh Morrissey, 46
3. Rasmus Dahlin, 44
4. Adam Fox, 40
5. Cale Makar, 37
6. Dougie Hamilton, 34
7t. Quinn Hughes, 31
7t. Roman Josi, 31
7t. Brandon Montour, 31
10. Miro Heiskanen, 30
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) January 8, 2023
Winnipeg is once again a money train on the sportsbook. Backers would be up over $900 if they had continued wagering at least $100 on every Jets game. This includes being terrific on the road with a 13-5 puck line record.
Red Wings Tough To Trust
Detroit has been rebuilding for the longest time, it seems. This team remains one mired in mediocracy, as its record suggests. Whether a favorite (6-5-4) or an underdog (10-16-3), Detroit is tough to bet online, with the team negative on the moneyline in both home and road games.
The Red Wings continue to get fried on special teams. They are 21st on the penalty kill (PK) at just 75.2 percent and 26th on the power play (PP) at just 19.6 percent. Detroit has scored 27 PP goals versus having allowed 29. And the team has had 21 more PP opportunities than they’ve been shorthanded.
Goaltending also remains a liability for the most part. Ville Husso stands as the team’s best netminder, but even with a 12-8-5 record, he’s only had a 50% quality start percentage with -1.5 goals saved above average.
Jets vs Red Wings Game Injuries
Jets vs Red Wings Head-to-Head
Winnipeg is 6-3-1 in its last 10 games against Detroit. Surprisingly, the Red Wings have won the special teams battle here with five PP goals against the Jet’s three. The Jets have been limited to a 10 percent PP success rate.
- Game: Jets (26-13-1) vs Red Wings (16-15-7)
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
- Jets vs Red Wings Live Stream: NHL.TV
Jets vs Red Wings Betting Lines
Jets vs Red Wings Picks & Prediction
The Jets are rightfully favored here and should be a comfortable bet at -135. While Winnipeg has struggled to score on the PP against Detroit, that trend will end here. The visitors are red-hot, and even if they can’t exploit the Red Wings’ poor special teams, the Jets have a significant edge in goal and on defense.
Winnipeg is listed at -135 in our NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Jets, you can win $74. Detroit is +115, offering a chance to win $ 115 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Winnipeg a 57.45% chance to win, with the Red Wings at 46.51%.