The National Hockey League All-Star Weekend is here but the Winnipeg Jets won’t be paying too much attention to the action in San Jose. Instead, the Central Division leaders will have started their preparation for Monday’s trip to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Winnipeg’s rest period will be over come the end of the weekend but that could turn out to be a positive. The Jets are in fantastic form right now and plenty of punters will fancy the Canadian outfit to go on and claim the Central Division title in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia are struggling near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers had started to build momentum with three wins in a row prior to the All-Star break and Philadelphia fans will be hoping that their side can pick up where they left off last week.
Chances of a playoff push are slim but the Flyers will still believe that they can turn things around. With lots of ice hockey still to be played during the regular season, Philadelphia are not out of playoff contention just yet. Write the Flyers off at your peril.
Winnipeg have won three of the last four meetings between the two teams but Philadelphia had won six straight before that run. These games are always hard to predict and another close affair beckons. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the two teams…
Flyers Floundering Near Foot Of Metropolitan
It isn’t looking great for Philadelphia. The Flyers, despite winning their last three games on the spin, are 19-23 on the year with six overtime defeats.
In terms of reaching the playoffs, they have their work cut out to climb the Metropolitan Division – it is one of the toughest in ice hockey.
On home ice, the Flyers are usually relatively strong. Philadelphia have won their last three home games and it would take a brave man to back against the Flyers with that in mind.
On their day, Philadelphia are capable of giving anybody a game; which is why they are one of the most dangerous teams in the National Hockey league.
Jets On Track To Secure Top Spot
Winnipeg are slowly but surely creeping up the NHL power rankings. The Jets, once labelled as ‘no hopers’ are now genuine contenders in the Central Division – Winnipeg have climbed above the Nashville Predators for a prolonged spell.
The Canadian outfit head into this contest after winning seven of their last 10 regular season games and plenty of punters will be backing Winnipeg to notch another victory here.
32Red are going 11/5 for the Jets to go on and claim the divisional title – Nashville are still favoured in the Central Division betting odds. Winnipeg are full of confidence though and it would be foolish to write them off.
The All-Star Weekend won’t throw Winnipeg off; the Jets won’t let it distract them from the real objective. Winning the Stanley Cup is slowly but surely becoming a distinct possibility and Canadian hockey fans will be excited at what the future holds for this team.
This one could go to overtime. Both teams are in decent form but the rest might have benefited Philadelphia more than Winnipeg – especially with the Jets travelling over for a road game.
The visitors are no slouches though and NHL bettors will be keeping a close eye on any market moves. Winnipeg will almost certainly be favourites but the bookmakers keep on writing them off – the Jets have taught them a number of lessons during 2018/19.
TIP: Winnipeg Jets to win
CORRECT SCORE: Philadelphia Flyers 3-4 Winnipeg Jets (AOT)