Washington vs Winnipeg: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Wednesday November 14th, 6:00 pm Eastern Time
The Winnipeg Jets host the defending Stanley Cup champions in an important midweek Eastern Conference battle.
This Washington Capitals will be playing the second game of a back-to-back and their third game in four nights when they visit Winnipeg on Wednesday night. All three contests will take place in different cities and they are forced to play a very good Minnesota Wild side Tuesday evening before heading on the plane to Manitoba. If it isn’t difficult enough playing two games in consecutive nights, it’ll be even harder against a Jets team who has only lost once this season in regulation time at the MTS Centre.
Washington find themselves with just seven wins from their opening 15 games and will not be pleased with how the campaign has started. While they will be desperate to turn things around as quickly as they can, backup goalie Pheonix Copley will likely get the start against the Jets given the Capitals’ hectic schedule. Winnipeg on the other hand, will be quite well rested having not been in action since Sunday and will be patiently awaiting the arrival of the Capitals.
With 19 points from their first 15 games of the season, the Jets are flying high at the moment and are sending a real signal of intent to the rest of the league. With just 40 goals conceded during that time, their defensive play is a big reason for their early season success. Connor Hellebuyck has been terrific in net, demonstrating why many believe the 25-year-old is one of the best in the NHL.
Winnipeg are a deep team up front too though, with five players collecting at least 10 points from the opening 15 games. Patrick Laine also seems to have snapped his slump and could be a real threat to find the back of the net against the Capitals.
Winnipeg Jets to win in regulation
The Capitals will be an exhausted team heading into this one and Winnipeg are a scary side to play at the MTS Centre. The Jets should cruise to two points.
Winnipeg have one of the best defensive records in the league and it’s not hard to see why. Even with all the firepower these two teams possess, expect a low scoring contest.
Head to Head
Washington and Winnipeg split the season series last year, each winning one game on home ice in overtime.
On Friday night, Blake Wheeler recorded the first five-point game of his career and the NHL’s fifth such outing of the season.
Blake Wheeler had earned an assist on nine straight Winnipeg Jets’ goals before the streak came to an end on November 1st when he scored himself.
Winnipeg are 7-8 ATS after their first 15 games.
Washington are 6-9 ATS after their first 15 games.
Washington has hit the over 9 times in their first 15 games.
Winnipeg has hit the over just 4 times in their first 15 games.