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St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets predictions, picks and best bets

The series lead is up for grabs Thursday as the St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets play Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal. The road team has won every game of the series as the Jets fought back from a 0-2 deficit. Puck drop comes shortly after 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

Odds provided by PointsBet; for a full-set of today’s sports betting odds, access them at USA TODAY Sports.

St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets: By the Numbers

  • The Blues won both games in Winnipeg by a cumulative goal total of 6-4, but the Jets stormed back in St. Louis to win both by an aggregate total of 8-4, with Game 4 being decided in overtime.
  • Four Jets players are in the top 10 in playoff points with Kyle ConnorMark ScheifeleDustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler all having five points through four games. Blues D Alex Pietrangelo also has five points to lead his team.
  • Winnipeg has won the Corsi battle in each of the last three games, notching 55.6 percent of shot attempts in that time.

St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets: Projected Goalie Starters

Jordan Binnington vs. Connor Hellebuyck

Binnington’s goals-against average in the postseason has fallen to 2.94 after he led the league with a 1.89 mark in the regular season. He suffered two consecutive defeats for the first time all year.

Hellebuyck has won two straight for just the second time since Feb. 10 and 12. He boosted his save percentage from .897 in Games 1 and 2 to .934 in his two consecutive wins.

St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets: NHL Best Bet

Moneyline: The Blues were a vastly superior possession team to the Jets throughout the regular season, making Winnipeg’s performance in the past three games seem misleading. St. Louis is the pick at +105 odds, as the series returns to MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

Against the spread: St. Louis is an easier pick to cover +1.5 with -255 odds.

Over/under: The first four games of the series have gone 2-2 against Thursday’s total of 5.5. Take the OVER at a more appealing +111 number.

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