The NHL is finally set to return to the ice on Wednesday, Jan. 13 in what will be a sprint all the way to the finish in a shortened year. As we get closer to game time, it should be a compelling regular season as each Canadian team is featured inside the same division. Leading up to Game 1, we will provide a betting preview for all seven Canadian teams in the NHL. Here, we will break down the odds of the Winnipeg Jets.
2021 NHL season format
This season’s schedule is being impacted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that suspended the NHL season for months. The 2019-20 season shut down operations in March and returned, crowning a Stanley Cup champion in late September. Each team is scheduled to play a 56-game schedule with the the divisions split up into four groups. Teams will play only divisional games, and it was necessary to put all Canadian teams into the same division because of the travel restrictions due to the coronavirus.
The regular season is scheduled to end on May 8, and the playoffs will include 16 teams playing four rounds of best-of-seven series with the Stanley Cup expected to be awarded in July.
With all that said, here’s a betting preview for the upcoming Winnipeg Jets 2021 season.
Winnipeg Jets Betting Preview
There are plenty of futures betting options for gamblers to take a look at for the NHL season but here, we’re just going to take a look at the odds as it pertains to the Jets and their players. All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.
Championship winner: Winnipeg is tied for the 21st best odds to win the Stanley Cup this summer along with the Florida Panthers at +450. The Colorado Avalanche are the betting favorites this season at +650 odds.
Division winner: Winnipeg isn’t expected to be much of a competitor in the seven-team Canadian North Division as oddsmakers are giving the Jets the sixth best odds at +1000, ahead of just the Ottawa Senators. The Toronto Maple Leafs are the betting favorites at +125.
To make the playoffs: The sportsbook is suggesting there is a less than 50% chance the Jets advance to the postseason as “yes” is getting +105 odds with “no” at -134 in regards to making the playoffs. The Avalanche have the best chance at advancing with -835 odds to compete in the playoffs.
Regular season points: The Jets’ season point total is set at 60.5 with -112 odds on the over and the under. Colorado’s total is the highest, set at 76.5.
Hart Memorial Trophy: Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has the best chance among the Jets players to win the award given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. He is getting the 17th best odds at +3000. Connor McDavid has the best odds at +450 to win the award.
Vezina Trophy: Hellebuyck is among the favorites to win the award given to the league’s best goaltender. He checks in with the second best odds at +800. Andrei Vasilevskiy is the betting favorite at +650.
Adams Award: Paul Maurice has the 22nd best odds to win the award given to the league’s best head coach with +2000 odds. Jared Bednar is the favorite with +800 odds.
Game 1 Betting Odds
While there are five games on opening night of the NHL season on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Jets will play the following night to start out their season. Winnipeg will host the Calgary Flames on Thursday, Jan. 14 with the game to get started at 8 p.m. ET.
Spread: Winnipeg is coming in as +1.5 underdogs with -275 odds to cover the spread, while Calgary is getting +220 odds to beat -1.5 as the favorite.
Moneyline: The Jets are very slight underdogs in this matchup with +100 odds to come away with the victory. The Flames are -115 favorites to win outright.
Total: The total is set at 5.5 goals with the over getting -122 odds and the under set at +100.