Winnipeg Jets vs. Ottawa Senators Free Pick

Canadian Tire Centre is the site for an East-West clash as the Winnipeg Jets make the trip to Ottawa to take on the Senators. It’s the last time that these two clubs will go at it in the regular season. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, April 2, and fans at home can see the game live on The Sports Network.

Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators Odds

Winnipeg (-175) is currently favored over Ottawa (+155) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals (-115 for the over, -105 for the under).

Winnipeg is 48-30 straight up (SU) and has earned 12.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 78 regular season outings, 39 of its games have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Jets are 18-21 SU on the road in 2017-18.

Winnipeg has converted on 23.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-5 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked ninth overall, and it has successfully killed off 82.0 percent of all penalties.

For the team as a whole, Winnipeg has been called for penalties 3.8 times per game overall this season, 3.8 per game over its last five outings total, and 3.8 per game over its last five on the road. The team’s had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Averaging 28.1 saves per game with a .924 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (41-23-9) has been the best option in goal for Winnipeg this season. If it chooses to give him a rest, however, head coach Paul Maurice might turn to Steve Mason (4-8-1), who has a .906 save percentage and 3.18 goals against average this year.

The visiting Jets have relied on Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine heavily this season. Wheeler (87 points) is up to 20 goals and 67 assists, and has recorded two or more points in 24 different games. Laine has 43 goals and 25 assists to his credit, and has registered a point in 49 games.

On the other bench, Ottawa is 27-51 straight up (SU) and has lost 19.9 units for moneyline bettors thus far. 41 of its games have gone over the total, while 37 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 16-24 SU at home this year.

Ottawa has converted on just 16.5 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s ranked 27th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.7 percent of all opponent power plays.

Ottawa players have been sent to the penalty box 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 2.4 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 6.3 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Craig Anderson (27.3 saves per game) has been the top selection in goal for Ottawa. Anderson has 23 wins, 32 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit and has maintained a fairly-weak .899 save percentage and 3.28 goals against average this year.

Mark Stone (20 goals, 42 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the Senators.

Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in three of Ottawa’s last five outings.
  • Extra-man opportunities may prove to be even more critical than usual in this game. The Jets are 21-10 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 32-19 in games where they serve fewer than 10 total penalty minutes. The Senators are 11-25 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 19-35 in games where their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Two of Winnipeg’s last ten games have ended in a shootout. The team is 2-0 in those games and 4-2 overall in shootouts this season.
  • Ottawa has forced 5.8 takeaways per game over its last five home games, a drop-off from its season average of 6.8 takeaways per game (ranked 21st in the NHL).
  • Winnipeg skaters have forced 6.6 takeaways per game over its last five road games, its season average of 7.1 takeaways per game (ranked 18th in the NHL).
  • Winnipeg could hold the upper hand if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 19-14 in one-goal games, while Ottawa is only 17-25 in such games.