NHL Odds: Western Conference Elite Face Off Thursday

January 31st, 2018

 

The Vegas Golden Knights head north this Thursday to take on their Western Conference foes, the Winnipeg Jets. Both teams are vying for top spot in the conference, and only two points separate them.

 

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In their second game following the All-Star break, the Jets and Golden Knights are looking to pick up where they left off. Led by likely Hart Trophy candidate, Blake Wheeler (14 goals, 42 assists), the Jets have been as solid as any team in the league this season. Through a strong balance between high-scoring offence, which ranks fifth in the NHL with 3.24 goals scored per game, and stingy defence, which sits seventh, allowing just 2.65 goals per game, the Jets have amassed an impressive +0.59 goal differential through 51 games.

 

At the opposite end of the ice is the surprise team of the NHL season. Vegas has captured the attention of hockey fans, as this group of castaway players has put together the second-best record in the entire league. Vegas has been the model of consistency this season with nine players tallying at more than 20 points, and ranking in the top six in the league in both goals for (3.39) and goals allowed (2.61). This is truly a battle between complete teams.

 

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