SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Seattle Kraken and Winnipeg Jets meet Sunday in NHL action at the Canada Life Centre. The Seattle Kraken look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets look to build on their three-game winning streak.
The Seattle Kraken are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 14.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Jared McCann leads Seattle with 27 goals, Vince Dunn has 28 assists, and Jordan Eberle has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Seattle Kraken are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 74.5 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Philipp Grubauer has given up 164 goals on 1,479 shots faced, and Chris Driedger has allowed 69 goals on 695 shots.
The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with 46 goals, Blake Wheeler has 43 assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 244 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 75.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 193 goals on 2,155 shots faced, and Eric Comrie has allowed 41 goals on 520 shots.
The Kraken are 7-20 in their last 27 road games and 18-39 in their last 57 overall. The Jets are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a favorite and 41-16 in their last 57 Sunday games. The over is 5-2-1 in Kraken last 8 overall. The under is 5-0 in Jets last 5 overall.
Usually I’d lean toward the plus money in a battle between two teams with nothing to play for, but this is a weird schedule spot, with the season already over for most teams and the playoff format already announced. With the whole hockey world focused on this stand-alone game, I’d assume the Jets can find some motivation to send their fans off with a victory. The Jets have had recent success in the favorite role, and they’ve outscored the Kraken 8-3 in the previous two meetings. I’ll lay the juice with the home team.