Vancouver ended the losing streak immediately after the National Hockey League resumed, but they still have just two victories in the last 10 games. Winnipeg need to take it one step at a time and avoid a fifth consecutive defeat when they take on the Canucks in the third game of the series.
Bet: Vancouver Moneyline
Odds: Winner Sports 2.15
The Jets scored an average of just two goals per match in the last four fixtures and were both outshot and outscored by their opponents. Home ice advantage didn’t help them much as they drove consecutive games to Ottawa and Los Angeles, before succumbing to Colorado in Denver. Dustin Byfuglien was the only bright star in their rotation as he scored twice against the Avalanche, while doing his part against the Kings and Senators. Unfortunately his effort went unnoticed, as Winnipeg trailed the visitors each time and never found the strength to level the score.
Vancouver on the other hand came out firing on all cylinders and dominated the first periods, only to witness in disbelief how the precious points slipped through their fingers in the final 20 min. The New York Islanders were the last opponents to completely offset a handicap by scoring four unanswered goals in the last period. Trading Luongo seemed to be a good idea at the time, but without their star goaltender, the Canucks struggled to keep clean sheets.
Despite their recent struggles, the Canadians have a decent chance at winning the decisive game in the series, by simply capitalizing on Winnipeg’s inability to defend properly. The Sedin brothers are expected to feature upfront and their mere presence makes it worthwhile backing Vancouver at odds of 2.15 with Winner Sports to win, including overtime and shootout.