NHL playoffs 2018: Predictions, odds for Jets vs. Wild first-round series

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Blake Wheeler and Zach Parise (Getty Pictures)

One of many NHL’s most playoff-examined rosters meets considered one of its greenest within the first-round conflict between the Jets and Wild.

Minnesota’s sixth consecutive displaying within the Stanley Cup playoffs is tied for the league’s third-longest streak. Although Winnipeg has far much less postseason expertise, making solely its second look in franchise historical past, a excessive-powered offense and regular goaltending place it amongst this yr’s championship favorites.

The Wild’s veterans will not go quietly, however accidents are including up on the incorrect time of the yr. The Jets, in the meantime, are properly rested (comparatively talking) and freed from accidents to key gamers because the playoffs start.

Sporting Information’ NHL specialists Brandon Schlager, Evan Sporer and Jim Cerny make their series predictions under.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild: Schedule, picks, predictions

Recreation 1: April eleven at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Recreation 2: April thirteen at Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m.
Recreation three: April 15 at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Recreation four: April 17 at Minnesota, eight p.m.
*Recreation 5: April 20 at Winnipeg, TBD
*Recreation 6: April 22 at Minnesota, TBD
*Recreation 7: April 25 at Winnipeg, TBD

(All occasions Japanese; * If vital)

Common season conferences: MIN, four-1 (1/thirteen); WPG, 7-2 (eleven/27); WPG, 2-1 (10/31); WPG, four-three (10/20)

Brandon Schlager: Bruce Boudreau’s playoff blues are not any secret. Lengthy a daily season savant, Boudreau-coached groups often fall in need of postseason expectations, advancing past the second spherical simply as soon as in his eleven seasons behind the bench. The Wild have not been to a convention finals since 2003 and have fallen into an zero-2 gap in six of their final seven series. None of this bodes nicely for their outlook towards the Jets, who rank second within the NHL in objectives per recreation (three.32), fifth in objectives allowed per recreation (2.sixty five) and fifth in energy-play scoring (23.three %). Minnesota should make do with out No. 1 defenseman Ryan Suter, who’s out for the playoffs. The odds are stacked within the Jets’ favor.

Jets in 6 video games

Evan Sporer: This series comes at a reasonably dangerous time for Minnesota damage-sensible. They only misplaced Suter to a scary fracture in his ankle. On prime of that, they’re getting his defensive associate Jared Spurgeon again from a hamstring damage, however actually throwing him straight to the wolves asking him to play huge minutes towards a formidable Jets staff. Zach Parise’s current scoring resurgence — he’s obtained 12 objectives in his previous 18 video games — has considerably piqued my curiosity. Mikko Koivu can also be a participant who ought to be close to the highest of everybody’s Selke ballots, and can play tons of inauspicious minutes this series. The issue is, when Koivu or the lately wholesome Spurgeon aren’t on the ice, another person goes to should take a reasonably troublesome matchup. The Jets’ offensive depth goes to offer many groups matches within the postseason, Minnesota included. 

Jets in 5 video games

Jim Cerny: Plain and easy, the Winnipeg Jets are the far superior staff on this series, to not point out one of many true elite groups all through the lengthy common season. In fact, there are loads of playoff novices on their roster, which means Dustin Byfuglien and Paul Stastny must be robust voices within the room and leaders-by-instance when the going will get tough on the ice. Paul Maurice coached the Carolina Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Ultimate, however his resume doesn’t have lots of submit-season expertise in any other case. Nonetheless, this must be an actual submit-season popping out get together for the likes of Laine, Ehlers, Helleybuyck and Scheifele, amongst others. The Wild have extra playoff expereince, however not a lot success the previous 5 years within the playoffs. They have been an extended shot in my eyes to win this series anyway, however the Ryan Suter damage solidified my decide.

Jets in 5 video games