NHL Hockey Betting: Los Angeles Kings at Winnipeg Jets

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NHL hockey betting in Manitoba on Tuesday night as the hometown Winnipeg Jets face the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are coming off a hard fought win against Edmonton–in which they may have been the beneficiary of an incorrect call by the referee. But more about that in a moment. The Kings started the season in miserable form but have rebounded nicely and enter this contest having won five straight games. The Jets are also off to a good start at 5-2-1 but no one seems to be noticing outside of their home town and province. Maybe it’s because they’re in the Central Division, by far the most brutal in hockey and get lost amid heavyweights like Nashville, Chicago and Dallas. Case in point–a 5-2-1 start to a NHL season is solid by any metric but that’s good for only fourth place in the Central behind the Predators, Stars and Blackhawks.

The Kings will most likely start their top goalie, Jonathan Quick and will face the Jets’ Ondrej Pavelec. The Jets will try to do the ‘goaltending by committee’ thing this year and split time between Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson. So far this season, Pavelec has seen marginally more action–this will be his sixth start of the season to Hutchinson’s three starts. There’s still something of a feeling among hockey cognoscenti that Hutchinson’s solid winning run last season was ‘fluky’ and that the more experienced Pavelec (who was the team’s starting netminder when they were still the Atlanta Thrashers) is the true number one. Other than that, it’s business as usual in Winnipeg–a big, physical, imposing team that is very hard to play against.

At their best, the Kings play the same way with the added advantage of Jonathan Quick between the pipes. Quick looked somewhat mediocre to start the season but he’s back on form. He made a spectacular save on Connor McDavid to salvage the victory against Edmonton–though slow motion replays appeared to show that it was indeed a goal and the game likely should have gone to overtime.

One of the hardest things to do is to try and guess where a long streak will end. That being said, the Jets look a little undervalued here against the more established ‘brand name’ of the Kings.


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