The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to establish their first lead in their opening-round NHL playoff series with the St. Louis Blues when they return home for Game 5 on Thursday as -125 favourites on the NHL betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
After falling to defeat in two dates on home ice, Winnipeg rebounded on the road, tallying a pair of victories at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, capped by a 2-1 overtime win on Tuesday that leaves the series knotted at two games apiece ahead of Thursday night’s Blues vs. Jets betting matchup at MTS Centre.
The Jets’ success in St. Louis marks the first time they have tallied consecutive victories in 13 games since March 20, and has given the club a huge lift on the NHL series prices, where Winnipeg now sits deadlocked with the Blues with -110 odds.
However, the Jets still have plenty of work to do to advance to the second round for a second straight year. Winnipeg has dropped three straight to St. Louis at home, complicating their overall shaky play on home ice, where they have dropped five straight since March 23.
The Blues sit as +105 underdogs on the odds for Thursday after suffering their first back-to-back defeats in 16 contests. The club’s struggles in Games 3 and 4 put the brakes on a run that saw the Blues claim victory in 11 of 14 contests to close the regular season alongside Winnipeg with 99 points.
But despite losing control of home-ice advantage in the series, the Blues have remained resilient on the NHL futures, pegged as a +1000 wager to raise the Stanley Cup for the first time, and outpacing the Jets, who trail at +1300.
Elsewhere on the Thursday NHL playoff odds, the Vegas Golden Knights take a commanding 3-1 series lead into Game 5 of their clash with the San Jose Sharks as +105 underdogs, while the Carolina Hurricanes aim to even their series with the defending champion Washington Capitals at two games apiece as narrow -125 home chalk.
The Golden Knights have scored early and often while rebounding from a 1-0 series deficit, outgunning the Sharks by a wide 16-6 margin in three straight wins, and are now listed as -1000 favourites on the series prices to bounce San Jose from the playoffs for a second straight year.
The Hurricanes outclassed Washington in a 5-0 win in Game 3 to pay out on -125 odds, but have failed to tally consecutive wins against the Capitals while going 7-14-5 in 26 overall meetings since December 2013, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.