The Ottawa Senators will host the Winnipeg Jets in a North Division battle on Monday night. The Jets are playing great hockey and are coming off a road win over the Canadiens. The Senators continue to struggle to win games and were pummeled by the Maple Leafs in their previous action. The Jets lead the season series 5-1.
Jets Blank Habs, Target Fourth Straight Victory
The Winnipeg Jets are seeking a four consecutive victory in this one. The winning streak began with a win over the Senators and they have also beaten the Canadiens in back-to-back games including a convincing 5-0 victory on Saturday. The Jets remain six points behind the first-place Maple Leafs in the division.
Mark Scheifele has been tremendous against the Senators this season, accumulating a remarkable 11 points in the six meetings. The 27-year old center has two points this month and leads the team with 47 points on the year. Nikolaj Ehlers continues to produce, netting five points in his last four clashes overall. The 24-year old sniper is having an outstanding season, recording 17 goals along with 24 assists. Right-winger Blake Wheeler remains out of action due to a concussion.
The Jets have started Connor Hellebuyck in six consecutive games. The veteran goalie continues to thrive and features a 2.45 GAA and a .921 save % accompanied by a 20-10-3 record. Backup goalie Laurent Brossoit will likely either start this one or Wednesday’s game against Ottawa. Brossoit has posted a 2.63 GAA on the year. Winnipeg is scoring an average of 3.3 goals, landing them sixth in the NHL. They are holding opponents to 2.6 goals, placing them 10th.
Senators Tagged with Fourth Consecutive Defeat
The Ottawa Senators are looking to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat in this one. Ottawa last won on April 3rd against Montreal. The biggest issue recently has been the defense and goaltending. The Sens are a hard-working team but the results have not followed as they stand last in the North. They were competitive in a 5-4 road loss to the Maple Leafs in their latest action.
Drake Batherson is having a solid year and collected his team-leading 13th goal of the season in Saturday’s defeat. The 22-year old right-winger is showing great progress after only playing limited games in his first two seasons and has tallied a total of 25 points. Brady Tkachuk has been kept in check recently, posting only two points on the month. The 21-year old is having an effective year overall, registering 24 points. Tim Stutzle is a very promising young player. The 19-year old tallied two points in the Sens’ latest action and has 22 points on the season.
The Senators have been dealing with injures to their goalies. Matt Murray is out long-term and Anton Forsberg has received most of the starts recently. The 28-year old netminder has not fared well, posting a 3.41 GAA and a .908 save % while Hogberg has filed a terrible 4.19 GAA. Ottawa is only averaging 2.6 goals per game, pegging them down at 25th in the league. They are squandering an NHL-worst 3.7 goals.
The Winnipeg Jets are:
- 7-1 in their last 8 games against the Senators.
- 6-1 in their last 7 road games.
- 7-3 in their last 10 games overall.
The Ottawa Senators are:
- 0-4 in their last 4 games overall.
- 0-4 in their last 4 home games.
- 3-7 in their last 10 games playing on one day of rest.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Jets are looking tough to beat right now, winning three consecutive games and have scored 13 goals in that span, while only allowing five goals. The Senators continue to be tagged with the loss in most games as they do not have the goaltending or defense and have now lost six out of their last seven clashes overall.
Furthermore, the Jets are piling on the goals against the Senators this season, netting four or more goals in five of the six meetings and it’s no surprise they have won five of the six meetings this season. Winnipeg is also stellar on the road where they are 6-1 in their last seven bouts.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Jets’ are filling the net against the Senators this season which is why I like the over. The Jets offense is flourishing right now, plus they have scored four or more goals in three consecutive road games, and as mentioned, the Senators continue to give up a ton of goals. The over is 9-3-1 in the Jets’ last 13 games against a team with a losing record.
In addition, the Senators do have some scoring punch and have netted 17 goals in their last five games, so they should contribute towards this total. The over is 3-0-1 in the Senators’ last four games after allowing five or more goals in their previous game.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Jets’ offensive scoring barrage should continue in this one. Winnipeg is averaging four goals per game against the Senators this season and Ottawa continues to play without #1 goalie Matt Murray. Also, Ottawa has squandered four or more goals in three out of their last four games overall.
Half-Time Prop Prediction
I am going with the under on the first period total. The Jets' lowest-scoring period occurs in the first which is also the case for the Senators who only have 31 goals in the first period this season. Also, the Jets' best defensive period is in the opening frame.