Face-off: 1900 ET, 24/11/2021
Venue: Nationwide Arena
Winnipeg must hold their nerve following three hard-fought defeats but are playing well enough to edge out Columbus if things click back into place.
The Jets can take heart from having responded to their last hat-trick of losses by rattling off four straight wins and we’re keeping the faith here.
Punters can get 2.20 for an away victory in regulation time at Nationwide Arena and that spearheads our Columbus Blue Jackets vs Winnipeg Jets predictions.
Columbus Blue Jackets Odds
Columbus improved their record to 10-6-0 when storming to a 7-4 success at Buffalo, with Jack Roslovic bagging his first two goals of the season.
Vladislav Gavrikov also grabbed a double just after his birthday, Max Domi claimed a goal and two assists while Gregory Hofmann set up a pair of strikes on his return to action.
Head coach Brad Larsen was full of praise for his attacking trio, stating on the club website: “You could tell they were feeling it right away.
“They got more ice time, they played really well and it was a good line.”
This young team has shown it has the potential to cause any opponents problems when on song but they can blow hot and cold in consecutive matches.
A fragile defence has conceded almost four goals per game over the past five fixtures and that is tough to overcome on a consistent basis.
Looking at the NHL odds for this game, we are tempted by 4.00 for an away win and both teams to score at least two goals in regular time.
The second part of that selection would have been successful in the last four head-to-head meetings between these sides.
Winnipeg Jets Odds
Winnipeg had hoped to recover from an overtime loss in Edmonton and a 2-1 defeat at Vancouver when entertaining Pittsburgh.
The Jets led at the end of the opening period thanks to Dominic Toninato and were 20-9 ahead in attempts on goal at one stage.
However, that was the first time Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry had conceded in 161 minutes and Pittsburgh rallied to take a slender lead before an empty-net clincher late on.
Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice insisted: “Parts are better than it’s ever been, just the puck isn’t going in the net.”
Kyle Connor fluffed his lines on a breakaway when having the chance to equalise at 2-1 and reckoned he would normally strike nine times out of 10 in that situation.
The 24-year-old had his six-game point streak halted but is confident enough to put one bad night behind him.
Let’s add 1.53 for Connor to be back on the points board here to our NHL predictions.
Buffalo 4-7 COLUMBUS
WINNIPEG 1-3 Pittsburgh
Head-to-head: Columbus 4-3 Winnipeg, Winnipeg 4-3 Columbus, Columbus 2-5 Winnipeg, Winnipeg 4-3 Columbus
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