NHL Betting Preview (Feb 25): Coyotes vs. Jets Odds

The Central Division might just be one of the toughest in the NHL. With teams like the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche dominating at the top of the standings, the teams below them know that they are going to be in a dogfight virtually every night if they want a shot at the playoffs.

Bet on Coyotes vs. Jets

ARI +210
WPG -260

The Winnipeg Jets, third in the division, and the Arizona Coyotes, who are currently seventh, will be jockeying for position on Sunday evening. Let’s take a look at how the two matchup and what we can come to expect when they lock horns in Sunday’s meeting.

Coyotes vs. Jets odds

Coyotes Moneyline Odds+210
Jets Moneyline Odds-260
Puck Line oddsCoyotes +1.5 (-125), Jets -1.5 (+105)
Total Goals line5.5 goals (over -120, under +100)
Time/DateFeb. 25 6:00 p.m. ET
TVBroadcast: TSN3 (Winnipeg)
Stream: Sportsnet+
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About the Coyotes (23-29-4 SU, 28-28 ATS, 30-22-4 o/u)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Coyotes have many promising young talent, but the present isn’t going all that well. They currently sit seventh in a very competitive Central Division, with the only team worse off than them being the Chicago Blackhawks.

Offensively, Clayton Keller continues to be the driving force. He leads the team in goals (22), assists (30), and points (52), and is the best player on the team. His name continues to pop up as a player who could thrive on a real contender, though the Coyotes would be foolish to entertain the thought of moving him.

Guys like Logan Cooley (27 points), Lawson Crouse (31 points), and Matias Maccelli (37 points) continue to flash potential but also struggle to find consistency in their games. That comes with youth, however, and only more experience can help develop their games. Until the team has grown into itself a little more, the Coyotes shouldn’t be expected to churn out consistent wins.

The biggest difference for the Coyotes this year has been in net. Karel Vejmekla has taken a huge step back and, for a while, gave up the starting job to Connor Ingram. The latter is 17-13-2 this season but has since landed on the injured list, ceding the job back to Vejmelka.

About the Jets (35-15-5 SU, 31-24 ATS, 18-29-7 o/u)

The Jets rarely light it up — they are just sixth in the division in goals scored, with 165 — but they are very solid throughout the lineup. There was talk about whether the franchise would need to shift to a different outlook coming into the year, but it’s hard to argue with their performance so far.

The Jets remain within striking distance of both the Stars and Avalanche, both of whom are considered to be among the favourites in the Western Conference. Another positive note for the Jets is that they have multiple games in hand on both teams, providing a potential edge down the stretch.

Mark Scheifele continues to lead the team offensively with 31 assists and 47 points. Adding a guy like Sean Monahan will provide a boost for their second line, plus getting Kyle Connor back from injury will provide a major boost offensively as well.

The Jets’ defence remains unheralded but effective. The Jets are far and away the best team in terms of goals against in the entire Western Conference, leading the league in goals against. Morrissey provides the offence while guys like Brendon Dillon, Neal Pionk, and Logan Stanley provide steady defensive play.

The real reason the Jets have been so positive this season is because of Connor Hellebuyck. He is the clear favourite right now for the Vezina Trophy, and a major reason why they are the best team in the league in terms of goals against. He has been dominant in nearly every sense this year.

Last Matchup

As division rivals, the Jets and Coyotes are all too familiar with each other. It has been a minute since these two last met, however, in a 6-2 Jets win in Arizona back on January 7. Things started slowly, the Jets were leading 1-0 after the first period, before eventually running away with the game.

Mark Scheifele had a pair of goals, Nikolaj Ehlers nabbed multiple points, and a whopping 10 Jets had a point in the 6-2 win. The Jets got better and better as the game went on, scoring two in the second and three in the third.

Projected Lineups

Today’s Arizona Coyotes LinesToday’s Winnipeg Jets Lines
Clayton Keller – Logan Cooley – Dylan Guenther
Matias Maccelli – Nick Bjugstad – Lawson Crouse
Alex Kerfoot – Barrett Hayton – Nick Schmaltz
Michael Carcone – Jack McBain – Jason Zucker

J.J. Moser – Mathew Dumba
Sean Durzi – Michael Kesselring
Juuso Valimaki – Josh Brown

Starting In Goal
Karel Vejmelka
6-15-2, 3.62 GAA, 0.893 SV%
Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele – Gabriel Vilardi
Cole Perfetti – Sean Monahan – Nikolaj Ehlers
Nino Niederretier – Adam Lowry – Mason Appleton
Rasmus Kupari – Vladislav Namestnikov – Alex Iafallo

Josh Morrissey – Dylan Demelo
Brenden Dillon – Neal Pionk
Dylan Samberg – Logan Stanley

Starting In Goal
Connor Hellebuyck
26-11-3, 2.20 GAA, 0.925 SV%

The Coyotes are what we thought they would be. They are young and rich in potential, particularly the top six. There is a ton of promise between Keller, Cooley, Guenther, Maccelli, and Crouse, though it is streaky at best. There is talent to point to, but the Coyotes need experience and depth to get better.

The Jets are quietly one of the deepest teams in the league. The top six is strong, especially with the addition of Sean Monahan via trade. Hellebuyck continues to be the Vezina Trophy frontrunner, enjoying one of the best seasons of his career so far.

Kyle Connor (WPG) over 1.5 points


Key Injuries

The good news for the Coyotes is that they have remained relatively healthy. Goaltender Connor Ingram, enjoying a nice little breakout season for himself, is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury but shouldn’t be out of the lineup for long.

The Jets, meanwhile, are back to full strength. Everyone is in the lineup again and it is just a matter of getting linemates gelling once again. Kyle Connor missed an extended stretch but his return to the lineup will be a major long-term addition to the offence.

  • The Jets have been great against the puck line of late. They have covered in four of their last six games following a stretch of five in a row where they failed to cover (and lost outright).
  • There is no worse team against the puck line right now than the Coyotes. They have failed to cover in their last 11 games, last doing so in a 5-2 win over the Penguins back on January 22.
  • Though the Jets’ offence can be tepid at times, it has been hot of late. They have hit the over in three straight of four. This comes after a stretch where they went a stretch of 12 games (0-10-2) against the over.
  • Kyle Connor has been on fire after a stretch in which he had no points in seven of eight games. He not only has a point in his last four, but three of them have been multi-point games including three points against Minnesota.
  • Josh Morrissey has been solid offensively of late, picking up points in four of his last seven. He has gone over his SOG prop (2.5) three times in that stretch.
  • Since scoring a goal and three assists against the Canucks on February 18, Mark Scheifele is without a single point in the Jets last three games. His points prop for this game is once again at 0.5 (O -175, U +225).

Wagers To Consider

  • Given the struggles of the Coyotes and the dominance of the Jets’ defence, it’s hard to go against the Jets on the puck line (-1.5, +125). The Jets have been one of the better ATS teams this year anyway, making this feel like a slam dunk.
  • Though Clayton Keller may have a hard time scoring, look for him to go over his shot total (2.5, -130). He’s done it twice in his last five and will be the focal point offensively against a very good Jets defence and goaltender.
  • Kyle Connor is on fire of late and the Coyotes are one of the worst defensive teams in the West. Vejmelka has struggled quite a bit this year as well, setting the table for another multi-point effort from what could be argued to be the best Jets forward. Look for Connor to hit two points or more (+190) on Sunday night.

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