Blackhawks vs. Jets Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Winnipeg Jets NHL 4/1/16 Picks & Predictions

The Blackhawks haven't been able to build any momentum of late and will look to bounce back from their latest loss when they visit the Jets tonight at 8:00PM ET.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Chicago is -152 money line favorites to beat Winnipeg, which has odds of +132 to pull off the upset tonight at home. As for the total, the number currently sits at 5 goals and the Hawks are -1.5 (+195) to beat the Jets on the puckline.

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While he deserved a better fate in his last game, Ondrej Pavelec took the loss in a 3-2 overtime defeat at Philadelphia on Monday night. He made 29 saves and was 14 seconds away from a shootout when Claude Giroux ended the contest with a goal in the extra period. He's 10-13-3 on the year with a  2.72 goals-against-average to go along with his .907 save percentage.

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The Blackhawks will counter with Scott Darling, who continues to draw starters with Corey Crawford on the shelf. After winning back-to-back games last weekend, Darling took a step back on Tuesday when he allowed three goals on just 17 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Wild. He's now 9-8-3 on the year with a  2.51 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage.

Even though Darling has been inconsistent, the Hawks have owned the Jets in previous meetings. They're 8-1 in their last nine trips to Winnipeg and 5-1 in their last six games versus the Jets overall. The road team has also won eight of the last 11 meetings between these two teams while the Jets are just 2-6 in their last eight games overall.

FRIDAY NHL FREE PICK: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS -1.5 (+195)

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