The Winnipeg Jets have developed one of the NHL's most passionate fan bases.
The Winnipeg Jets have developed one of the NHL's most passionate fan bases.
One reason why Jets fans have a strong connection with their team is because of the club's offence-first style of play behind forwards like Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. That has helped the team consistently reach the playoffs in recent seasons as a threat out of the Western Conference.
With single-game betting legalized in Canada, now is the time to take your game experience to the next level and put some money behind your favourite teams, like the Jets.
There are several different ways to bet on Winnipeg every night it plays, whether you are looking to wager on a win or for Wheeler to score. We'll break down the best options in this Jets betting guide.
When looking to wager on the Jets, you'll notice a number of different offerings made available to you. Before placing that bet, there will be a number of factors you will have to consider, such as the opponent, location, trends, and injuries.
They can all influence what you ultimately decide to bet on — don't worry, though, because we're here to help.
We'll examine some of the most popular betting markets, starting with the moneyline, and offer tips for betting on the Jets.
A moneyline bet is a great option for betting on Winnipeg if you think it'll win a game.
Simply put, a successful moneyline wager involves backing the team that wins the game. As a result, the winner of a moneyline bet can win the game by any margin of victory and in regulation, overtime, or a shootout.
In every moneyline bet, there will be an underdog and a favourite. The underdog will have a plus (+) symbol in front of its odds and the favourite will have a minus (-) sign.
Winnipeg's status as an underdog or a favourite will largely depend on location and opponent. For example, in a home game against the Seattle Kraken, the Jets would be sizeable favourites. In a home game against the Calgary Flames, however, Winnipeg would likely be a smaller favourite.
On the other hand, in a road game against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Jets would assume underdog status.
Here's how the odds would be presented on the above examples:
Kraken (+230) vs. Jets (-280)
Flames (+120) vs. Jets (-140)
Jets (+190) vs. Golden Knights (-230)
The payout structure for a bet on the Jets at those odds looks like this:
-280 (73.68% implied win probability): A $280 wager would win $100.
-140 (58.33% implied win probability): A $140 wager would win $100.
+190 (34.48% implied win probability): A $100 wager would win $190.
Of these matchups, the most sensible moneyline wager is the game against the Flames. A $140 bet on the Jets to win would return $100 and the implied win probability is at a respectable number.
In contrast, the Seattle game requires a loftier $280 wager to win $100. At -280 odds on a moneyline bet, the risk isn't worth it.
The contest against the Golden Knights, meanwhile, isn't horrible if you suspect an upset, but the implied win probability is low and is worth keeping in mind. Both the Kraken and Golden Knights games could be better opportunities to bet the Jets on the puck line.
In addition to moneyline betting, you'll also have the option to bet on the puck line. The puck line differs from the moneyline, as instead of betting strictly on who wins, you're now betting against a spread. Puck lines are typically set at 1.5 although they can be 2.5 or higher.
Continuing with the above examples, here's how the puck lines for each Jets game would shake out:
Kraken +1.5 (-120) vs. Jets -1.5 (+100)
Flames +1.5 (-210) vs. Jets -1.5 (+175)
Jets +1.5 (-135) vs. Golden Knights -1.5 (+115)
The payouts for a bet on Winnipeg in these examples look like this:
+100 (50% implied win probability): A $100 bet would win $100.
+175 (36.36% implied win probability): A $175 bet would win $100.
-135 (57.45% implied win probability): A $135 bet would win $100.
Each of these contests, but particularly the Kraken and Golden Knights games, present the best opportunities to bet the puck line. In those two examples, the win probability is 50% or higher, and both only require a fairly reasonable wager in order to net $100 in winnings.
In the Flames game, however, the moneyline makes more sense. Despite the increased payout on a puck line wager, the implied win probability drops more than 20%. Additionally, the moneyline only requires a $140 bet to win $100.
Totals are a great way to bet on a game without wagering on the final result. Game total lines are typically set at 5.5 or 6.5 goals and you’ll be able to wager on whether the two teams will go over or under the total.
The totals market is also commonly listed as the over/under or O/U. All represent the same betting option and are generally listed around -110 per side.
In a Jets game with a total of 5.5 goals, a successful bet to the over requires both the Jets and their opponent to score a combined six goals or more. A successful bet to the under, on the other hand, involves both squads scoring five goals or fewer.
Aside from betting on game totals, you'll also have the option to wager on team totals.
These lines are typically set at 2.5 or 3.5 goals and you'll have the option to either bet the over or under. If the line is set at 2.5 goals and you believe the Jets will go over their total, you'd bet the over. If you don't believe the Jets will score more than two goals, you'd bet the under.
Similar to totals, props are another option available at sportsbooks that allow you to wager on something other than the final outcome of the game. The prop bet market is vast and can include events such as betting on which team will score two goals first, or the time of the first goal of the game.
Props also include player performances, and those are the ones we'll focus on in this section.
Player props deal with a large number of options, including how many shots a player takes or whether or not someone will score a power-play point.
Additionally, you can wager on anytime goalscorers, which could be a great wager if you think Kyle Connor will score in Winnipeg's upcoming contest.
You'll be presented with the options of "first," "last," and "anytime" when going to bet on his goalscorer prop. The first and last refer to whether Connor will score the first or last goal of the game.
The odds that Connor will score the first goal of the game typically sit near +400. A $100 wager on him to score first would produce a potential return of $400.
The odds that Connor will score the last goal of the game will likely be around +500. Therefore, a $100 wager on Connor to score the last goal would net $500.
If you want to wager on Connor scoring at any point of the game, however, his odds for that are usually set around +100, meaning a $100 wager wins $100.
Player and game events are another option available at sportsbooks. Oftentimes, however, they require you to wager on multiple events. This essentially turns your bet into a parlay which decreases your chances of winning with every event added to the ticket.
The whole ticket is lost if one leg (another word for event) of the special or parlay loses.
To demonstrate a special, let's say the Jets are hosting the Flames. In this example, your sportsbook may allow you to compile events from the same game or offer a pre-built special.
You may believe that Winnipeg is a strong play on the moneyline against that Flames, that the game will go under 6.5 goals, and that Connor will score a goal. You could wager on all three events separately and the odds would be presented like this:
Winnipeg Jets moneyline (-140)
Flames/Jets under 6.5 goals (-110)
Kyle Connor anytime goalscorer (+100)
But if you were to parlay or play these events in a pre-built special offered by the sportsbook, it would look similar to this:
Winnipeg moneyline, Flames/Jets under 6.5 goals, Kyle Connor anytime goalscorer (+554).
Evidently, the odds for the special are much higher than the odds for each individual event. As noted, the implied win probability for a special or parlay is much lower than wagering on a single event.
As a result, the odds reflect the likelihood of the event occurring. The multiple-event parlays are enticing to bettors, though, because of the potential return on investment.