JETS VS. LEAFS: TWO HOT TEAMS TAKE TO THE ICE
The Winnipeg Jets (32-25-10) face the Toronto Maple Leafs (42-19-5) on Thursday night in a battle between two teams playing very well at the moment.
The Jets have won 7 of their last ten games, and are riding a two-game win streak. However, those two recent victories came against the Blue Jackets and Coyotes, so this next contest against the Leafs will be a major step up in class.
Meanwhile, Toronto has sported a 6-3-1 record in their last ten matches and has faced two of the Eastern Conference's best teams -- Florida and Boston, beating them both by a combined 11-6 score.
PREDICTION (powered by pointspreads.ca):
The Leafs are in a fierce battle with Tampa Bay and Boston in the division for second place, which could improve their playoff seeding if they can lock up that spot. These are the games Toronto needs to win. Winnipeg will be a good test for the Leafs, largely because the Jets are playing their best hockey of the season.
With wins in 4 of their past 5 games, Winnipeg now sits just 2 points behind the Las Vegas Golden Knights for the second (and final) open wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Since we are getting plus money with a very motivated team playing well at the moment, the Jets are likely to the right side.