The Winnipeg Jets take on the Ottawa Senators in North Division action on Thursday night. The Jets had their winning streak come to an end in Monday’s 4-2 defeat in Ottawa. The Senators are a feisty team and have been competitive recently. The Jets now lead the season series 5-2.
Jets Wininng Streak Ends in Loss to Sens
The Winnipeg Jets will be eager for Wednesday’s rematch. They had their four-game winning streak evaporate in Monday’s rough 4-2 defeat. It was a missed opportunity to gain points on the first-place Maple Leafs who lost their Monday action. The Jets had won three straight road games prior to Monday’s loss and currently stand six points behind the Leafs.
Kyle Connor found the back of the net for his 19th goal of the season in Monday’s defeat. The 24-year old sniper has collected four points in his last four clashes and has 40 points on the season. Connor now has four goals along with four assists against the Senators. Mark Scheifele has tallied at least one point in four straight games. The 27-year old center is having a remarkable season, accumulating 48 points including 12 points against Ottawa. Nikolaj Ehlers has scored in three consecutive games and has recorded 42 points on the year.
The Jets could opt with Laurent Brossoit in the crease over Connor Hellebuyck in goal considering they play in Toronto on Thursday. Brossoit has fared well as a backup goalie, posting a 2.63 GAA and a .914 save % while Hellebuyck features a 2.50 GAA. Winnipeg is averaging 3.3 goals per game, placing them sixth in the NHL. They are limiting foes to only 26 goals, landing them ninth overall.
Ottawa Finding Scoring Touch
The Ottawa Senators enter this one with confidence. They thwarted a four-game slide with Monday's convincing victory over this Jets team. The Senators are a very young squad and stand in last place in the North as a result. They will play hard and are not an easy win despite the ugly record.
Connor Brown has scored in eight consecutive clashes overall. The veteran right-winger scored in Tuesday’s win and has 14 goals along with 10 assists on the season. Brady Tkachuk rebounded from a four-game span with no goals with two goals in Monday’s winning effort. The talented 21-year old winger has four points this month and a total of 26 points on the year including four points against Winnipeg. Josh Norris has accrued six points this month and has 24 on the year.
The Sens had Anton Forsberg guard the cage in Monday’s victory. The veteran netminder has received a majority of the starts recently and owns a 3.18 GAA along with a 2-3-1 record. Marcus Hogberg has been serving as the backup and has registered a 4.19 GAA. Ottawa’s #1 goalie Matt Murray is out with injury. The Senators are scoring an average of 2.6 goals, ranking them 24th in the NHL. They are conceding an NHL worst 3.8 goals per game.
The Winnipeg Jets are:
- No Key Trends
The Ottawa Senators are:
- 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a road winning % above .600.
- the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Senators are starting to display improvement and have certainly increased their production, scoring a combined nine goals in their last two games including four in Monday’s 4-2 win over this Jets team. Ottawa plays tough and they often outwork their opponents.
Furthermore, the Jets could be looking ahead to Thursday’s big game against the first place Maple Leafs whom they are attempting to catch atop the North standings. Also, Winnipeg has been on the road for a while as this is their fourth game of a five-game road trip.
Full-Game Total Pick
These foes have played to several high-scoring clashes this season. They played to a 4-3 decision earlier this month and another six goals were scored in Monday’s battle. The Senators are getting a ton of pucks on net and the goals are coming in. The over is 10-3-2 in the Senators’ last 15 games playing on one day of rest.
In addition, the Jets have solved the Senators for the most part in the seven meetings this season, netting four or more goals in five of the seven meetings. The over is 5-1-1 in the Jets’ last seven games after scoring two or fewer goals in their previous game.
Full-Game Prop Bet
The over on the Senators team total is worth a look. The Senators have now scored three or more goals in four of their seven games against the Jets this season. They accumulated five goals against Toronto this past weekend and followed with four goals in Monday’s victory.
Half-Time Prop Prediction
I am going with the over on the first period total. There was a total of four goals scored in the first period in Monday’s clash. The Senators give up a ton of goals in the opening frame where they have now surrendered 56 goals on the season.