Two of the NHL’s best teams on the power play, the Winnipeg Jets and the Washington Capitals clash at Capital One Arena for an East-West matchup. The first puck will drop at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, March 12, and you’ll be able to see the game live on TVA Sports.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Washington Capitals Odds
With a -120 moneyline, Washington enters the game as the favorite. The line for Winnipeg sits at +100, and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-120 for the over, +100 for the under).
Winnipeg is 41-27 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 9.7 units this year. 34 of its outings have gone over the total, while 32 have gone under and just two have pushed. As an away team in 2017-18, the Jets are 17-18 SU.
Winnipeg enters the match up with the second-best power-play unit in the NHL, as it’s found the net on 24.6 percent of its extra-man advantages this year. Its penalty kill is ranked eighth overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.9 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, Winnipeg has been called for penalties 3.8 times per game in the 2017-18 season, and 2.4 per game over its past five outings. The team’s had to defend opponent power plays just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 28.1 saves per game with a .923 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (35-21-8) has been the best option in goal for Winnipeg this year. If Winnipeg chooses to rest him, however, the team may go with Steve Mason (4-8-1 record, .906 save percentage, 3.18 goals against average).
Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine will both be relied on to facilitate things for the visiting Jets. Wheeler has 76 points on 18 goals and 58 assists, and has recorded multiple points 21 times. Laine has 40 goals and 23 assists to his name (and has logged a point in 44 games).
Washington is 38-30 straight up (SU) and has earned 3.4 units for moneyline bettors this season. 38 of its matches have gone over the total, while 29 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 23-11 SU at home this season.
Washington has converted on 21.8 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 19th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.
Washington skaters have been called for penalties 4.1 times per game in total this season, and 3.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.
Braden Holtby (27.7 saves per game) has been the primary option in goal for Washington. Holtby has 29 wins, 19 losses, and four OT losses and has registered a mediocre 3.03 goals against average and a poor .907 save percentage this season.
Alex Ovechkin (40 goals, 32 assists) will pace the attack for the Capitals.
Winnipeg Jets at Washington Capitals Free Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under
- Washington is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while Winnipeg is 2-2 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in four of Washington’s last five outings.
- Washington’s attempted 28.7 shots per contest overall this season (ranked 32nd in the NHL), and 30.8 across their last 10 outings.
- Over Winnipeg’s last ten games, four of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-0 in those games).