Winnipeg Jets vs. Ottawa Senators - 2/8/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Ottawa Senators (18-25-11) at Winnipeg Jets (27-23-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Bell MTS Place)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -182 / Ottawa Senators +145 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.
The Ottawa Senators need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Duclair leads Ottawa with 21 goals, Thomas Chabot has 25 assists and Brady Tkachuk has 200 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 80.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 69 goals on 700 shots faced and Anders Nilsson has allowed 58 goals on 628 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 16 games.
The Winnipeg Jets need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with 25 goals, Mark Scheifele has 34 assists and Blake Wheeler has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 74.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 112 goals on 1,394 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 48 goals on 418 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed two goals in each of their last four games.
The Senators are 16-50 in their last 66 road games, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Jets are 7-2 in their last 9 Saturday games, 2-9 in their last 11 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 8-3 in Senators last 11 road games. The over is 7-1 in Jets last 8 games following a win. The Senators are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Winnipeg. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The plus money with the Ottawa Senators seems like a decent bet given that neither of these teams are playing well and laying big juice with the Winnipeg Jets isn't an option given their struggles, especially when home ice hasn't helped. However, I'll side with the over to avoid picking either of these teams. The over has been a strong trend with the Senators on the road lately and it's a strong trend when these teams meet. Four of the last five meetings between the Senators and Jets have produced at least six goals. The last three meetings overall are averaging 8.3 goals. Give me the over.