Free NHL Picks For Tonight (Jan 12): Jets vs Blackhawks Predictions
The NHL has five games on the board for Friday night. Three of those games are division rivalries. Here is my NHL picks for January 12th and odds can be found at Sportsbetting.ag – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus. If you have thought about buying sports betting picks you should read our Pay For Picks article and take advantage of our free NHL consensus betting picks for tonight instead of paying for them.
Winnipeg Jets vs Chicago Blackhawks Predictions
Winnipeg and Chicago enter the night on opposite sides of the Central Division standings. The Winnipeg Jets are 26-11-7. That is good enough for the Jets to be in first place of the Central Division. Chicago has gone 21-16-6, which is good, but it has them in sixth place of the Central Division. While Winnipeg is the better team this season, the Blackhawks are good competition.
These two teams meet five times in total this season. The first game between these two teams was back on December 14. The Blackhawks dominated the Jets in Winnipeg. Chicago ended up winning that game by a final score of 5-1. Corey Crawford was able to turn away twenty-seven of twenty-eight shots. Connor Hellebuyck had an off game as he allowed five goals on thirty shots. Winnipeg will be looking for revenge this time around.
One of the Jets most dominate areas has been on special teams. Winnipeg has scored on 25.63 percent of their power play opportunities. They will be facing Chicago’s penalty kill, which is one of the better kills in the league. The Blackhawks have stopped their opponents man advantages 82.48 percent of the time. This battle between Winnipeg’s power play and Chicago’s penalty kill will be something to watch all game long.
Chicago’s power play has been the weaker half of their special teams. The Blackhawks have been able to score on only 16.05 percent of their power plays. The Jets have killed off 81.17 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Winnipeg’s penalty kill should be able to stop Chicago’s power play.
Winnipeg Jets (-103) at Chicago Blackhawks (-107)
Connor Hellebuyck is expected to be in the Jets’ net on Friday night. Hellebuyck’s steady play has been a large reason for Winnipeg’s success. He has allowed a GAA of 2.36 and has a .923 save percentage. Hellebuyck has taken over as the sole starter for Winnipeg after Steve Mason’s early-season struggles.
Corey Crawford’s injury has injected Anton Forsberg into the starting role for Chicago. Forsberg has played well, but not as good as Corey Crawford was playing. Forsberg has a save percentage of .911 and a GAA of 2.92. Forsberg will need to play well if he wants to stop Winnipeg’s offense, which has scored the second most goals in the NHL this season.
Winnipeg has won three straight games by a score of 15-8. The Jets have been playing really well as of late, while the Blackhawks have stumbled a bit. Chicago has lost two of their last three at home. Chicago is listed as a -107 in this game, but I believe that is wrong. The Jets should be the favorite in the game. I believe that as a slight underdog the Jets are a great pick.