Colorado Avalanche vs Winnipeg Jets predictions

Colorado Avalanche vs Winnipeg Jets predictions

Face-off: 2100 ET, 06/01/2022

Venue: Ball Arena

Colorado have strengthened their position as 6.5 ante-post Stanley Cup favourites with an impressive 8-1-1 run and get the nod to see off Winnipeg.

The Jets are also in fine form and chasing a fourth straight success, but they face a tough test in their third away game in five days.

We’re sticking with 1.72 for the Avalanche to oblige in regular time to open our NHL predictions.

Colorado Avalanche Odds

Colorado are closing in on Nashville and St Louis at the Central Division summit and will leapfrog that pair if winning half of their games in hand.

The Avalanche had seven matches postponed over the festive period due to Covid but have hit the ground running since returning to action.

They beat Anaheim 4-2 at this venue on Sunday and then shaded Chicago 4-3 in overtime on the road in a Tuesday night thriller.

Erik Johnson netted twice against the Blackhawks and Cale Makar claimed the decider, while Nathan MacKinnon extended his point streak to 11 outings.

Johnson said: “We were good in the first period, pretty average in the second and not very good in the third, but we found a way to get it done.”

Getting back to Ball Arena is a boost, with Colorado 11-2-1 on home ice compared to 8-6-1 on their travels this term.

Looking at the 6.5 for the Avalanche to prevail by exactly two goals.

Winnipeg Jets Odds

Winnipeg are three points behind Colorado, having played three games more, but a 6-3-1 record since the start of December is rock-solid.

The Jets beat St Louis 4-2 at home before the extended Christmas break and have started 2022 with a couple of road victories.

A 5-4 overtime triumph at Vegas represents sterling form and Arizona were beaten 3-1 to maintain the momentum.

“The biggest thing we did is we did a really good job of managing the puck,” said head coach Dave Lowry.

“We did a really good job of tracking back through the middle of the ice.

“We had first-touch clears. We got pucks into the neutral zone and we didn’t stop playing.”

Whether Winnipeg can dominate possession in the same manner versus this speedy Colorado side is open to debate, though.

The Jets are 22nd in the table for first-period goals on 22, whereas only Florida have done better than Colorado’s tally of 37.

Those stats make 2.2 for the hosts to lead after the opening stanza a percentage pick for our Colorado Avalanche vs Winnipeg Jets predictions.

Additional stats

Last result:

Chicago 3-4 COLORADO (OT)

Arizona 1-3 WINNIPEG

Head-to-head: Colorado 4-7 Winnipeg, Winnipeg 0-4 Colorado, Colorado 3-2 Winnipeg, Colorado 7-1 Winnipeg

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