The Winnipeg Jets (46-19-10) will look to extend their winning streak to six games Tuesday when they host the Boston Bruins (47-17-10) as small home favorites. Both teams have already clinched playoff berths and hope to improve their postseason positioning as they continue to chase the top teams in their respective conferences for division titles and home-ice advantage.
NHLbetting line:The Jets opened as -135 favorites (wager $135 to win $100); the total is at 5.5 goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)
NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer:3.2-2.4, Jets (NHL picks on every game)
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The Bruins already have 104 points and trail the Tampa Bay Lightning by two for the Atlantic Division lead with two games more to play. Boston has two meetings left with Tampa Bay as well, so making up the difference and overtaking the Lightning in the last two weeks is certainly doable.
The Bruins have gone an impressive 7-3 in their last 10 games against Western Conference opponents, according to theOddsShark NHL Database, following a 2-1 overtime win versus the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
The Jets earned a much-needed 5-4 shootout victory against the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators on Sunday, winning their fifth in a row overall after losing three of the previous four meetings in the series this season. They now have a more realistic shot at the division title because the Predators have also lost three straight while passing the Vegas Golden Knights for the No. 2 seed in the West too.
Winnipeg owns the most home wins in the league (29) and plays four of its last six on the road, so the team would love nothing more than to close out this homestand with a 6-0 mark.
Boston has won the past four meetings, allowing just one goal in each of the last three. The only other meeting this season was a 2-1 decision won in a shootout back on December 21 with 20-year-old defenseman Charlie McAvoy scoring the game-winner on his birthday.
While McAvoy is out with a knee injury for the Bruins, center Patrice Bergeron returned Sunday from a broken foot after missing 13 games and tallied two assists. That said, this will be another lower-scoring game, falling in line with the last 12 matchups between the teams that have seen the under go 8-2-2. Take the under again.
Boston is 13-6 in its last 19 games on the road.
The total has gone under in eight of Winnipegs last 11 games.
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