In a key Southeast matchup Tuesday, the division-leading Winnipeg Jets will look to widen the gap over a second-place Carolina Hurricanes riding a five-game winless streak
WINNIPEG (17-14-2) AT CAROLINA (15-13-2)
The Jets were stunned in back-to-back home games by the surging Washington Capitals but regained some of their composure with a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay Sunday at the MTS Centre. Winnipeg maintains a four-point lead over Carolina but the Hurricanes have three games in hand and a win tonight would get the Canes back to .500 at home.
Sportsbooks opened the line for tonight’s game at Carolina -122 and 6 Over (-135) but pressure on the “Under” caused a drop to 5.5 Over (-115). Ondrej Pavelec (14-14-2) gets the nod for Winnipeg vs. Canes’ netminder Justin Peters. Pavelec hasn’t always fared well against Carolina, posting a 4-6-2 career mark vs. the Canes but he’ll look to build off his last performance which saw him record 27 saves in a 4-3 Jets win at PNC Arena.
Winnipeg is 9-6-2 on the road this year with Pavelec accounting for seven of those wins
Peters (2-2) takes over the No. 1 slot for Carolina with both Cam Ward (sprained MCL) and Dan Ellis (hand) unavailable due to injury. Peters won his only career start against the Jets and he is 1-1 at home this year with a 3.51 goals against average and .897 save percentage.
NHL PLAY OF THE DAY
The Jets are playing without forwards Jim Slater and James Wright but defensemen Ron Hainsey (hand) and Mark Stuart (undisclosed) took part in the morning skate. Winnipeg seems to have found a winning recipe on the road this season and given the huge advantage between the pipes, we like the Jets to steal what is essentially a four-point game tonight and extend their lead in the Southeast.
Take the Jets
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