Winnipeg Jets (2-3, best of seven) @ St. Louis Blues (3-2, best of seven)
April 20, 2019, 7:00 PM EST (Enterprise Center)
Moneyline: Winnipeg Jets +125/ St. Louis Blues -145
Puckline: St. Louis Blues -1.5
ESPN NHL Scores: St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets
After five games the St. Louis Blues have proven themselves as worthy of their fantastic second-half-season-surge. The Blues find themselves one game away from taking out a Jets team that was one round away from the Finals, last year, and was favored to be a contender this year.
Will the Blues continue their amazing streak or will the Jets continue the streak of road wins, in this series?
The Jets are by no means getting man-handled in this series. With only six minutes left in game five, the Jets seemed to unfold, allowing two goals including the Blues game-winner with fifteen seconds remaining.
The point here is to show how winnable this series is for either team.
What the Jets need to watch out for is the control of the puck. The Blues, being a slower and more deliberate force, are able to close out games despite losing the possession battle. The Jets have proved that they can’t.
The Jets have the more feisty, powerful offense and have, thus far, presented a more efficient defense and a goaltender (.912 SV% to .908 SV% and 153 shots to 148).
Both of these numbers would suggest a team well on their way to a successful regular season, but is it enough to get through a seven-game series?
St. Louis Blues
The Blues are a very good team and also a very lucky team. You can’t deny that playing till the whistle is a necessity in any sport and at any time of year, but some luck needs to be involved every now and then.
At .908 SV%, Jordan Binnington has been far less impressive than the .927 SV% he posted in the regular season. But I believe this bodes well for the Blues, who had to rely on a ‘rookie’ goaltender to get them into the playoffs.
Now that they are in, they’ve been able to find scoring from 15 different skaters. With names like Jaden Schwartz (who totaled 36 points in 69 games) stepping up at opportune times, the Blues haven’t needed to put all of their hopes on the rookie net minder.
That being said, we know Binnington can play at a whole other level, and statistically speaking, it could be right around the corner.
Cover the Spread 365 NHL Betting Trends
Winnipeg is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games
The Jets are 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
Winnipeg is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 6 games
Blues are 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Free NHL Predictions: Winnipeg Jets @ St. Louis Blues
As I hinted, I do believe this will be a shutdown game for the Blues, their defense, and Jordan Binnington. At -145 MoneyLine, its best to go with the Blues here and then the Jets at +1.5. I don’t believe the Blues have the capacity to dominate, but they can own the ice if they need to.