Bell MTS Place is the site for an enticing matchup as the Winnipeg Jets welcome the visiting Ottawa Senators. The opening face-off is at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, and you’ll be able to catch this East-West matchup live on CBC Sports.
Ottawa Senators vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds
Earning 0.5 units for moneyline bettors, the Jets are 27-28 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That early-season winning percentage is a slide from what the team managed during last year’s regular season (47-35). 28 of its 55 outings have gone under the total, while 25 have gone over and just one has pushed. The team is 12-15 SU at home this year.
Winnipeg has converted on just 18.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 23rd overall in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 74.3 percent of all penalties.
Winnipeg, as a collective unit, has been called for penalties just 3.1 times per game overall this season, 3.4 per game over its last five outings total, and 3.6 per game over its last five home outings. The team has had to kill penalties for 11.0 minutes per game over its last five home outings.
Averaging 28.5 saves per game with a .920 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (24-21-5) has been the top option in goal for the Jets this year. If they choose to rest him, however, it may turn to Laurent Brossoit (5-11-11 record, .885 save percentage, 3.59 goals against average).
Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor will both be offensive focal points for the Jets. Scheifele (57 points) has tallied 23 goals and 34 assists and has recorded two or more points 15 times this year. Connor has 25 goals and 27 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 33 contests.
Ottawa has lost 11.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year and is currently 18-36 straight up (SU). Through 54 regular season contests, 29 of its games have gone over the total, while 23 have gone under the total and just one has pushed. As a road team, Ottawa is 6-20 SU so far.
Ottawa has converted on just 15.2 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the bottom- overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 17th overall and it’s successfully killed off 80.2 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa’s skaters have been penalized 3.9 times per game this season, and 3.0 per game over their last ten games. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Craig Anderson (.901 save percentage and 3.19 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Ottawa. Anderson is averaging 26.3 saves per game and owns a 7-17-2 record.
Leading the offensive attack for the visiting Senators will be Anthony Duclair (21 goals, 13 assists) and Connor Brown (10 goals, 24 assists).
Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets Betting Predictions
Free NHL Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Over
Winnipeg is 3-1 in games that go to shootout. Ottawa is 0-5 in shootouts.
This game features two of the more aggressive defenses in the league. Ottawa skaters have dished out the third-most hits in the league (27.6 per game) and the Jets have handed the 10th-most (22.9).