The Winnipeg Jets (15-6-3) travel to Colorado to take on the Avalanche (11-9-2), who will be without their suspended captain, Gabriel Landeskog. Not only is Landeskog a big miss offensively (17 points in 22 games), but he is also a pivotal piece for the Avalanche while short-handed. Colorado, whose 71.1 percent penalty kill rate ranks second-worst in the Western Conference this month, should have their hands full against a Winnipeg team that sports the fourth-best conversion rate (24.7 percent) with the man advantage in the National Hockey League.
Winnipeg finally seems to be putting it all together behind a breakout season from talented goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who is 13-2-2 with a 2.31 goals against average and .927 save percentage. Hellebuyck handled the Avalanche with relative ease last season, allowing just two goals in two starts.
Colorado seems overvalued here due to their home play at the beginning of the season, but their current roster reflects a far different team than the one that started the season surprisingly.
Given the Avalanche’s woes on the penalty kill, the absence of their all-important captain, and Connor Hellebuyck’s hot play (two goals or less in six of his last seven starts), backing the Winnipeg Jets at this price makes a lot of sense.