Canucks vs. Jets Expert NHL Predictions

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Tuesday’s round of NHL betting features a watered down card comprised of two games for bettors to sink their teeth into. One of which is the North Division showdown between the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, a clash that is firmly cornered with the hosts across the board, despite the fact that their most recent meeting went the way of the Canucks.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Winnipeg Jets

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 8:00 PM EDT at Bell MTS Place

Eliminated Canucks Upset Slumping Jets

As far as matchups go, the clash between the Canucks and Jets represents the least sexy of all the final matchups of the regular season slated to get underway this week. Nevertheless, it’s still a game to bet on, with NHL odds trading that offer some decent angles for profit. Needs must, as they say. The Canucks sport a subpar 3-7-0 record in their last ten games while the Jets are a woeful 1-9-0 SU in their last ten games. Wins have been too few and far in between clearly for both of these two teams of late. However, on the flipside, something has gotta give when they collide on Tuesday night. As it did in fact Monday when the Canucks upset the Jets on the road.

The Canucks beat the slumping Jets 3-1 Monday to defy the closing odds across multiple sports betting sites that had Vancouver close as the considerable +150 underdogs or thereabouts. The Canucks scoring came from Nils Hoglander, who scored twice, and Bo Horvat while Matthew Highmore, J.T. Miller, Tanner Pearson and Jack Rathbone all had an assist each. Goalie Thatcher Demko, who had a solid night stopping a barrage of shots (39 of 40 shots for a .975 save percentage) stressed that the Canucks were going to play with intention through their final games of the season, regardless of the fact that they’ve been eliminated.

“We want to win. Regardless of the circumstances, it’s about pride for our organization, pride for our teammates, coaches, staff,” said Demko after Monday’s victory. “You’re playing for a lot more than what people may think. We’re going to try to win every single time we get on the ice, no matter the situation.” Kyle Connor was the lone scorer for the Jets, and while he was pleased to score in order to build up his confidence before the postseason he wasn’t best pleased about the Jets’ overall form. Skidding to their ninth loss in ten games and second straight loss isn’t the best look for a side hoping to surprise in the postseason and prove there’s value in their long odds in Stanley Cup futures. “Not the result we wanted. It sucks,” said Connor.

Indeed, it’s not just that the losses are piling up but the defense seems to be almost non-existent. It’s as if the team has gone walkabout down the stretch. Most recently, Winnipeg was outscored 27-10 during a seven-game losing streak over the course of the last ten games. While the Jets bounced back with 4-0 win over Calgary, they reverted back to losing form with losses to Ottawa (4-2) and Vancouver (3-1). Altogether, it’s a worrying betting trend not least because the playoffs loom on the horizon next week. It might even be fair to suggest that it’s time to press the panic button. To listen to some of the interviews during this poor stretch of form, it certainly does feel like there’s an undercurrent of panic, frustration, verging on desperation, coming out of the Jets’ locker-room.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler said “I think when you go through a stretch we’re going through right now, it’s very frustrating” He admitted as well that “we are certainly having a hard time here closing out the season.” “You want production. You need production to win in this league,” Jets forward Mark Scheifele said separately. “We haven’t had that. We got to iron some things out. We got to figure some things out as a team offensively and defensively. We got to figure them out soon cause the playoffs are coming soon.”

NHL Predictions and Picks

If the Jets’ negative trend continues, the best bet in this game is certainly going to be backing the Canucks to another victory which is a tempting bet on the moneyline at +148 with BetOnline Sportsbook. Put it another way, the Jets at -164 to win straight up are way too pricey given the odds alone stand in stark contrast to their awful form. Of course, the Jets might figure things out and turn the tables on the Canucks in the second game between the pair in as many nights. However, there’s nothing tangible to go on that would suggest the Jets are poised to do so Tuesday. So, in essence, right now, it’s the idea of throwing good money after bad that simply doesn’t fly. Thus, the choice NHL pick is the Canucks at +148 to win straight up.

NHL Pick: Canucks +148 at BetOnline