Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets Predictions, Odds, Picks
- The Seattle Kraken have lost four of their last five games.
- The Winnipeg Jets are on a three-game losing streak
- The Jets are 2-0-0 against the Kraken this season.
Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets Odds
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.
|Seattle Kraken||+1.5 |
|O 6.5 |
|Winnipeg Jets||-1.5 |
|U 6.5 |
Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets Predictions and Picks
The Seattle Kraken will take on the Winnipeg Jets in the final game of the season. This is not only the Kraken’s and Jets’ final game, but it is also the final game of the regular season for the whole NHL. The Jets beat the Kraken 5-3 the last time they faced behind two third-period goals.
Both of these teams are out of the playoff race but hoping to finish the season on a high note. The Kraken struggled in their inaugural season and will finish the season as the second-worst team in the Western Conference. The Jets were not outstanding either this year but finished the season with 27 more points than the Kraken.
The Seattle Kraken did not have the inaugural season they were hoping for. They started the season poorly and never heated up. All they can do now is hope for a better season next year.
The Kraken may have had a poor season, but they have a few solid players in centers Jared McCann and Yanni Gourde and right-winger Jordan Eberle. McCann is the Kraken’s leading scorer; he has 27 goals and 22 assists. Yanni Gourde is one of the alternate captains for Seattle and leads the team with 27 assists. Finally, we have Jordan Eberle. Eberle is a veteran that can still score; his 21 goals are tied for second-most on the team.
The Kraken also do not have great goaltending. Their starting goaltender, Philipp Grubauer, allows an unimpressive 3.16 goals per game and has a lowly save percentage of .889.
The Winnipeg Jets will miss the playoffs by approximately ten points this year. However, it is worth noting that Winnipeg went on some decent stretches during the season.
The Jets have a couple of impressive players in left-winger Kyle Connor and center Mark Scheifele. Connor is Winnipeg’s lone All-Star and a talented goal-scorer and passer; his 46 goals and 46 assists lead the Jets. Schiefele is not as talented as Connor, but is still a solid player. He has 29 goals and 46 assists, second-most on the Jets.
The Jets’ goaltending situation is not as bad as the Kraken’s goaltending situation, but they could do a lot better. They have a workhorse of a goalie in Connor Helleybuck. Helleybuck has 29 wins but his 2.97 goals allowed is only the 33rd-best in the league.
The Jets have a better offense and defense and are playing at home, so I expect them to win their final game.
Winnipeg Jets beat Seattle Kraken 4-2. Winnipeg Jets cover, Under 6.5 goals.
Head-to-Head: Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets
|Seattle Kraken||Head-to-Head||Winnipeg Jets|
|Dave Hakstol||Head Coach||Dave Lowry|
|27-48-6 (8th in Pacific Divison)||Standing||38-32-11 (6th in Central Division)|
|Jared McCann (49)||Points||Kyle Connor (92)|
|Jared McCann (27)||Goals||Kyle Connor (46)|
|Vince Dunn (28)||Assists||Kyle Connor (46)|
|Carson Soucy (8)||+/-||Nikolaj Ehlers (18)|
|Jared McCann (2.71)||Shots (Per Game)||Kyle Connor (4.05)|
Why Might the Seattle Kraken Win?
The Seattle Kraken are not favored to win but can if they limit the Jets’ shots and take shots near the net.
The Kraken are battling a Jets team that has a penchant for shooting. The Jets average 32.2 shots per game. The Kraken defensemen need to play tough defense and make it hard for the Jets to get off shots.
The Kraken only average 2.59 goals per game, but they can score more than that if they take close-range shots. They will be taking shots against one of Winnipeg’s below-average netminders and can put a few in the back of the net if they take shots from close range.
Why Might the Winnipeg Jets Win?
The Winnipeg Jets are the favorites and the better team, but they will only win if they draw penalties and ride the hot hand.
The Jets have a mediocre power-play unit, but it is significantly better than Winnipeg’s power-play unit. The Jets needs to draw penalties and get that unit on the ice. They can take advantage of the Kraken defense on the power-play.
The Jets have a few solid players but had an unlikely hero in their last game against the Calgary Flames. That unlikely hero was Connor Helleybuck. Helleybuck had 32 saves and only gave up one goal. Helleybuck may not be the hero in this game, but many other players can be. The Jets have to let there be an unlikely hero.
Kraken Key Player: (C) Jared McCann
This was an easy decision. Center Jared McCann has become the main scorer on this upstart Kraken team. The 25-year-old Canadian has 27 goals and 22 assists.
McCann will have a lot of responsibilities in this game. Most importantly, he needs to score. However, he may not be able to take good shots. If that is the case, he needs to find his teammates and set them up to score.
Jets Key Player: (LW) Nikolaj Ehlers
Winger Nikolaj Ehlers is not the best player on the Jets. His 28 goals and 27 assists are good, but his stats are not topping any list. However, when healthy, Ehlers has become a consistent scoring threat. Ehlers has missed 20 games but is averaging almost 0.5 goals per game when he plays.
The Kraken know that Ehlers is not the Jets’ main scoring threat. He needs to take advantage of that and look for his shots.
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How to Watch Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets
|Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets Information|
|What||Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets|
|Where||Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|When||Sunday, May 1, 2:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||ESPN+|
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