Winnipeg @ SAN JOSE
Winnipeg - +165 over SAN JOSE

Pinnacle -½ +157 BET365 -½ +165 SportInteraction  -½ +155 BetOnline -½ +155 Bookmaker -½ +150

Posted at 10:30 AM EST.

Winnipeg -½ +165 over SAN JOSE

7:08 PM EST. Regulation only. While the fallout of the Blackhawks' embarrassment is still on top of the fold across much of the sports world, that scandal's implications have had far-reaching effects around the league. Joel Quenneville is out as the head coach in Florida while Patrick Kane and Joanthan Toews are the two most hated pros on the planet right now.

Despite the outrage, few have said anything about Mike Aldrich, father of Brad, the center of the scandal. Now it is not fair for the son’s sins to stain his dad, but the senior Aldrich is still working in the league as the Sharks equipment manager. That’s an elephant in the room. What do the Sharks’ players say to that guy at the rink this weekend? It’s a major distraction, and it's not like the players don't see this dude every day. He is directly involved with the day-to-day routine of the team. The guys’ son has been the leading story on every newscast across the continent the past two days. How would you feel if it was your kid on the news every night? We now have to question the mood around the team with such a large elephant in the room. For the players, it takes away focus to a large degree and in professional, focus is a must for success. Any distraction is not conducive to winning. This is a league that is nearly impossible to get into unless your old man has some stroke. If that distraction wasn't enough, the Sharks are not very good to begin with. Their hot start was fraudulent, as we pointed out when we bet on the Canadiens to beat them on Thursday.

As far as the Jets are concerned, right or wrong, their part in this mess is over, and their boss (Kevin Cheveldayoff) is at least somewhat vindicated but unlike Aldrich, he is not involved in the every day operation of the locker room. Players rarely see or talk to the GM. Meanwhile, Winnipeg is quietly on a five-game winning streak led by the play of Pierre-Luc Dubois, who is finally coming into his own as more than just the guy the Jets got for Patrik Laine. What we know for sure is that the Jets come in with more focus, more confidence and one of the best goaltenders in the league, yet they’re priced like they are equals with the Sharkies here. That could not be further from the truth and provides us with this opportunity.

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Winnipeg - +165 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 3.30)

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