The Winnipeg Jets (1-1-0) take on the defending-champion Colorado Avalanche (2-1-0) Wednesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (ESPN+). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Jetsvs. Avalanche odds, and make our expert NHL picks and predictions.
The Jets have been on each side of a 4-1 pendulum in their first 2 games, falling by that score to the Dallas Stars Monday. They surprised the New York Rangers by that score in their 1st game of the season. C Mark Scheifele has gotten off to a quick start with 3 goals in the first 2 games.
Colorado continues to roll with at least 3 goals in all 3 games. C Nathan MacKinnon, RW Mikko Rantanen and RW Valeri Nichushkin each have at least 6 points. The Avs overwhelmed the Minnesota Wild 6-3 on Monday after a 5-3 setback to Calgary.
Jets at Avalanche odds
Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 1:32 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML) : Jets +180 (bet $100 to win $180) | Avalanche -230 (bet $230 to win $100)
- Puck line (PL)/Against the spread (ATS) : Jets +1.5 (-125) | Avalanche -1.5 (+102)
- Over/Under (O/U) : 6.5 (O: -117 | U: -103)
Jets at Avalanche projected goalies
Connor Hellebuyck (1-1-0, 2.50 GAA, .929 SV%, 0 SO) vs. Alexandar Georgiev (2-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .911 SV%, 0 SO)
Hellebuyck was great, stopping 40 of 41 shots against the Rangers. He took a step back against Dallas, though, allowing 4 goals on 29 shots. He was 1-2-1 with a 4.74 GAA and an .875 SV% in 4 starts against the Avs last season.
Georgiev is thriving in his 1st shot at being a No. 1 goalie. He stopped 15 of 17 shots against the Blackhawks and 36 of 39 against a tough Minnesota team. He hasn’t faced Winnipeg before.
Jets at Avalanche picks and predictions
Avalanche 5, Jets 2
The Avs should cruise in this matchup, but there’s too much juice on the moneyline. Tipico has a SPECIAL BOOSTED opportunity Wednesday. Grounded: AVALANCHE TO WIN BY 3+ GOALS (+210) is worth sprinkling on.
The Avalanche are getting steady goaltending and scoring a ton. That’s a good combination for a puck line that can serve as a hedge for the aforementioned boosted prop. Take the AVALANCHE -1.5 (+102) at plus-money.
The Jets are 0-2 O/U thus far, but Colorado is 3-0. Colorado has scored fewer than 4 goals just once. I like them to hit that Wednesday. Take the AVALANCHE OVER 3.5 TOTAL GOALS IN REGULATION (-125) and the OVER 6.5 (-117).
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