NHL Betting Preview: Winnipeg vs. Anaheim Playoffs – Game Two

NHL Betting Preview: Winnipeg vs. Anaheim Playoffs - Game Two

While Anaheim cruised to a playoff spot, Winnipeg clawed to the into a playoff position in the last few days of the season. You basically could not find two more different teams and two more different cities. The rough and tough, cold and isolated city of Winnipeg could not be further away from the warm sunshine and seaside views of Anaheim. Their hockey teams are just as divergent and so this should make for a great series. 
 
Corey Perry scored two times in the third period to lift Anaheim to a 4-2 win past Winnipeg in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Honda Center on Thursday night. Perry was on fire. His second goal was the game-winner. He slammed the net and attempted a backhand that was initially stopped by Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec but it was tapped in and just crossed the line, and a goal was rewarded in video replay. On the goal Perry told media post game,”I had a good feeling,” Perry said when asked if he thought before the review that he had scored. “His pad was back over the line. On the second shot, I thought, for sure. From that angle of it, it was over the line. It’s always nice to hear the refs say it’s a good goal.” “I wasn’t sure,” said Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who finished with 29 saves but couldn’t keep Perry’s shot from crossing the line: “I knew it was close. It was in.” 
 
In the physicality and speed departments, the Winnipeg Jets showed they were playoff-ready. They just weren’t able to handle the playoff-tested, comeback-kings, Anaheim Ducks. Pavelec told media, “That’s what they’re good at in the third period, I think five-on-five we played a really good game, a solid game. We just have to be a little bit smarter with the penalties. It pretty much cost us the game.” 
 
Drew Stafford and Adam Lowry scored for the Jets, they played some fast and smooth hockey that was penalty-free hockey for the first 39 minutes. They matched stride for stride with the top seed in the Western Conference until the final part of the second period. After the game Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said in the media scrum, “I was happy with the game for the most part. There was a lot more good in our game for us than the final result may dictate.” Despite committing penalties again, he said the Jets wouldn’t be too down about the loss and should turn it around in time for the next game. 
 
Game 2 is on Saturday night in Anaheim before the series goes to Winnipeg. Both players and coaches on both teams are readying themselves up for a long and hard battle. “It’s the beginning of potentially seven,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters. “They play a physical game, we play a physical game. They’re a big team, we’re a big team. That’s what happens when two big teams meet.” He added in a last comment, “We know what we’re up against.” 
 
The second game of the series will be a must win for Winnipeg, Stafford told media post game, “We had an opportunity to take this one. That one part of it stings, but at the same time, it’s not a one-game series. We expect this to be a hard-fought battle all the way to the end.” Bettors should see this as a good opportunity to bet on the Jets to get back into the fight. 
 
 
Our Pick: Jets over Ducks, under 5 goals