Friday NHL Odds, Picks, Prediction: Winnipeg Jets vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Preview

Friday NHL Odds, Picks, Prediction: Winnipeg Jets vs. Colorado Avalanche Betting Preview article feature image

Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images. Pictured: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates a goal against the Winnipeg Jets with Mikko Rantanen #96

  • The Colorado Avalanche host the Winnipeg Jets in their first home game in nearly two weeks.
  • The Jets have been struggling, and this Avs squad has what it takes to hand them their fourth loss in a row.
  • Jonny Lazarus breaks down his prediction and pick below for this showdown.

Jets vs. Avalanche Odds

Jets Odds+200
Avalanche Odds-250
Time9 p.m. ET
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The Winnipeg Jets are coming off of a heartbreaking loss in Dallas on Wednesday night when they fell 3-2 to the Stars in overtime.

The Colorado Avalanche may have come away with a 5-2 win Wednesday night in Detroit, but they were not the better team in that game.

Winnipeg Jets on 3-Game Losing Streak

The Jets have found themselves a bit of a rut and it will not get easier for them as they travel to Colorado to take on the Avalanche.

The last time Winnipeg was in Colorado, it was very ugly for the Jets as they lost by a whopping 7-1 score on Jan. 6. The Jets didn't even play all that bad as they were able to generate 35 shots on net, but they struggled to beat Darcy Kuemper. The Jets' struggling offense has been a theme of late as they are averaging 2.86 goals per game on 32.7 shots on goal.

Winnipeg was completely dominated by Dallas in an overtime loss as it was outshot 39-22 and lost the expected goals battle 3.35-2.28. The Jets have only scored five goals in their last three games.

If they want to keep up with Colorado, they're going to need to find some scoring. Winnipeg's defense and goaltending isn't cut out to steal a game on the road. The Jets are allowing 2.92 goals per game, but they are facing the second-best offensive team in the league.

Connor Hellebuyck should be the starter once again for Winnipeg. He had an incredible performance against the Stars, stopping 36 of the 39 shots he faced. He will have to be incredible once again if the Jets have any chance.

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Colorado Avalanche Return to Home Ice

The Avalanche have played their last four games on the road, so you know they will be fired up to return to Ball Arena where they are 21-3-2 and the second-best home ice team in the league. Colorado comes into this game having won three of the four road games, scoring a total of 13 goals.

The Avs had a very strong response on Wednesday night in Detroit after getting destroyed by the Bruins on Monday. The Avs didn't necessarily outplay the Red Wings, but their offense took over as they were able to score four of their five goals on 30 shots on Thomas Greiss. Colorado's offense is in a class of its own. Colorado might be ranked second in the league, but nobody has as much skill on both ends of the ice as the Avalanche do.

Darcy Kuemper should get the start in this contest after getting some rest. Kuemper is having a terrific season for Colorado — he is 25-6-2 with a .919 save percentage and a +14.6 Goals Saved Above Expected. Kuemper shouldn't have a hard time shutting down Winnipeg.

Jets-Avalanche Pick

The Avalanche have been so good on home ice all season it is so hard to imagine them losing at Ball Arena.

The Jets have not been able to find any consistency in their game — especially offensively — and I don't believe they have enough defensive strength to slow Colorado's offense down. The Avalanche haven't had a home game in nearly two weeks and the last time these two met in Colorado, the Avs tortured Winnipeg.

This game shouldn't take longer than regulation, and the Avalanche will dominate the full 60.

Pick: Avalanche to Win in Regulation (-165)

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