The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to extend their lead atop the Central Division standings with a fifth straight victory when they visit the slumping Dallas Stars on Saturday as narrow -120 favourites on the NHL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Winnipeg opened a four-game road trip on Thursday with a decisive 5-1 win in Nashville, and now takes a four-point lead over the second-place Predators into Saturday night’s matchup at American Airlines Center.
The Jets’ offence has been clicking during the team’s recent surge, averaging 4.43 goals per game during a 6-1-0 run that leaves the club in a neck-and-neck battle with Calgary for top spot in the Western Conference. Winnipeg also remains among the favourites on the NHL futures, joining the Flames as a short +400 bet to emerge as conference champion while sitting as a +950 wager on the Stanley Cup odds.
Winnipeg visits a slumping Stars team that has scored just three total goals during a four-game slide, which has featured three straight home losses. The Jets have dropped two of three on the road, and fell 5-1 as -115 chalk in their last trip to Dallas in early October, but have otherwise dominated the Stars with wins in nine of 10 overall meetings, capped by a 5-1 victory in Winnipeg as -160 favourites on January 6.
As well, the Ottawa Senators look to end a three-game losing streak against St. Louis as they visit the Blues as +180 underdogs, while the Montreal Canadiens are set as -130 favourites in a home date with the Philadelphia Flyers.
While a strong start to 2019 has left Calgary atop the Pacific Division standings, the club has struggled in recent trips to Edmonton, scoring just eight total goals in five straight losses since April 2016, including a 1-0 defeat as -155 chalk on December 9.
A six-game losing streak to close out December shifted the Oilers to desperation mode, but the team has responded with victories in five of eight outings including back-to-back wins over Buffalo and Vancouver earlier this week. However, Edmonton has failed to win three in a row in 16 contests since December 11.
The Senators are coming off a 4-1 win in Carolina as +200 underdogs at online sports betting sites on Friday, but are just 2-6-2 this season in the second half of back-to-back games, while the Canadiens have surrendered just six total goals during a 3-2-0 run at Bell Centre.