*10* NHL GAME OF THE WEEK (Power Sports)
Winnipeg vs. New Jersey,
10/04/2019 19:00 EDT,
Score: 5 - 4
Money Line: -141 New Jersey
10* New Jersey (7:05 ET): The Devils are a very trendy choice to improve in the 2019-2020 season. They have a point projection of 91 points and are even money (-110) to make the playoffs according to oddsmakers. That may sound a "little rich" for a club that finished in last place w/ 72 points (2nd fewest in the East) last season. While we're not sure that we're "all in" on the Devils at this point (to reach the playoffs that is), they do find themselves in quite the advantageous spot to open their season. They are hosting Winnipeg, who lost a hard fought game last night to the Rangers. Good situational play on a team that's probably under the radar right now.
The Jets led the Rangers 4-3 last night after Kyle Connor struck w/ a power play goal early in the 3rd period. But from there, things all went downhill as they gave up three goals, the final one coming w/ a two man advantage in the final 20 seconds. It was a brutal loss, not just because they blew a lead on the road, but also because they outshot the Rangers 47-32 and had five power play opportunities. They converted just the one. Losing in the fashion they did (gave up game winner in final five minutes) and then turning around to play another road game the following night is a pretty brutal spot for any team.
While the Jets did finish w/ 99 points last season, let's not forget that they had a terrible finish to the regular season and then were bounced in the first round by St. Louis. While the Blues did go on to win the Stanley Cup, remember it was Winnipeg that had the home ice advantage in that series, so it was considered an "upset" at the time. Perhaps the biggest reason for optimism w/ New Jersey is former MVP Taylor Hall's presence on the roster. But they also made several key additions in the offseason while Winnipeg lost some key pieces. 10* New Jersey