Saturday NHL odds: Jets underdogs at Blues in elimination game

The Winnipeg Jets and the St. Louis Blues are locked in an extremely close series, and the Jets are aware that even the smallest bounces can determine the outcome of a game.

The Winnipeg Jets will be looking to avoid elimination from this year’s playoffs when they return to action on Saturday in Game 6 of their first-round series with the St. Louis Blues as +120 road underdogs on the NHL betting lines at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Winnipeg is coming off a 3-2 loss to St. Louis in Game 5 on Thursday, and now trails in the series by a 3-2 margin going into Saturday night’s Jets vs. Blues betting matchup at the Enterprise Center.

For the second time in the series, the Jets were unable to contain the St. Louis offence in the final frame, surrendering three third-period goals in Thursday’s loss as -125 favourites, capped by Jaden Schwartz’ game-winner with just 15 seconds remaining.

Now faced with the prospect of being bounced from the playoffs in the first round for the second time in three postseason appearances, the Jets have tumbled on the NHL series prices, where they sit as +140 underdogs while dipping to +1600 on the Stanley Cup odds.

The Jets have enjoyed steady success in St. Louis, where they posted wins in Games 3 and 4 to extend their current road win streak against the Blues to five games. However, Winnipeg will need to find ways to generate offence after tallying just 14 total goals through the first five games of the series, including just two markers in each of its past two outings.

The Blues return home for Game 5 set as -140 betting favorites on the NHL odds, and have also improved to a solid -160 wager on the series prices. However, St. Louis holds the edge in the series by the narrowest of margins, with each of their three wins coming by a single goal.

Earlier on Saturday, the Nashville Predators will try to take a 3-2 lead on the Dallas Stars when they hit the ice for Game 5 of their series as -150 home chalk, while the Washington Capitals look to rebound from two straight losses in Carolina when they battle the Hurricanes in Game 5 as -135 home favourites.

The Hurricanes eked out a narrow 2-1 win on Thursday to even their first-round series at 2-2, but have fallen to defeat in 10 of 12 visits to Capital One Arena, and continue to lag as +200 underdogs on the NHL series prices. The Predators fell 5-1 at Dallas in Game 4 of their series on Wednesday night but are still set as -145 betting favorites to advance to the second round.

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