The Winnipeg Jets hope to carry some momentum into Ottawa on Thursday night, as they continue to battle in the Western Conference for a spot in the playoffs. The Jets are getting close, but this is the start of what is going to be a heated race in the rest of February and March. Their previous two games were a good start, with wins against the Blackhawks and Kings. They have won five of their last seven games, but only one of those came against a playoff team. Their 4-2 win against the Blues was impressive, though their other wins came against the Blackhawks twice, Kings, and Senators.
The Jets own a record of 31-25-5 and 67 points. That’s not good enough to be in the top-3 of the Central Division, but it is enough to put them a point behind the Coyotes and Flames for a wild. The Flames were not in action last night, while the Stars helped the Jets out with a 3-2 win over the Coyotes in regulation. Winnipeg can get another win against a team that won’t be going to the playoffs tonight. They have to win the games that they should and they’ve been able to accomplish that recently.
Winnipeg has been an up and down team this season. There hasn’t been consistency from October to February, but all they need now is to play well down the stretch to get into the playoffs. It’s all about getting hot at the right time, and maybe the Jets can be one of those teams. They have to show that they’re capable of beating playoff teams, though. Picking on bad teams only works for so long. If they do get into the playoffs, it’s likely going to be a wildcard and they’ll be pressed into action against a high seed.
Their opponent tonight, the Senators, definitely aren’t going to be going to the playoffs. They’ve shown improvements from 2018-19, but are still a ways off from being a postseason team. The Senators finished last in the Eastern Conference with a record of 29-47-6 and 64 points. To add insult to injury, the Senators didn’t have a draft pick for playing so bad. That went to the Colorado Avalanche in the Matt Duchene deal. Ottawa won’t finish last this season, but 21-28-11 leaves room for improvement. Head below for our free Jets vs. Senators pick.
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The Jets looked great in a 6-3 win against the Kings on Tuesday night. When their playmakers are playing up to their potential, the Jets are not an easy team to beat. The problem there is that they’ve largely been inconsistent this season. Patrik Laine was ice cold to open the season, and it took him a while to get going. He enters Thursday with 25 goals and 31 assists, so he was able to jump back to form, though. That said, he isn’t close to beating his career-high 44 goals from his sophomore year in 2017-18. The Jets’ offence has shown that they’re capable of still scoring at a high clip recently.
Winnipeg has netted an average of 3.3 goals per game in their last ten games. They’ve been able to take advantage of bad defences, point in case against the Kings on Tuesday night. The Jets made it look easy in their last meeting against the Senators as well. They buried 5 goals in a 5-2 win, and followed that game up with 5 more goals against a weak Chicago blueline. The shots have been pouring in for the Jets of late. They’ve hit the net at least 30 times in nine of their previous ten games for 35 shots per contest. Eventually those are going to find a way into the net against bad defensive teams. During that stretch, the Jets scored 3.3 goals per game to go 6-4.
Speaking of offensive firepower, the Senators were lighting up the scoreboard against the Sabres in their most recent showing. They scored 7 goals on 40 shots for a 7-4 win in that one. Even more impressive, they beat the Stars by a score of 4-3 prior to that game. That’s a really good defence, and the Senators were able to 46 shots towards the net for 4 goals. For all of their struggles this season, they get a sticker for that effort versus Dallas.
The offence has done a much better job at home this season, with an overall mark of 2.72 goals per game, but 3.13 goal scored at home. They’ve scored at least 4 goals against the Jets in three of their past four meetings, and they’ll likely need another showing like that on Thursday night. That’s great and all, but the Jets have scored at least 4 goals in four of their last six meetings with the Sens. This is a case of the Jets picking on yet another bad defensive team. The OVER is 4-0 in their previous four games, with an average of 8 goals scored per contest. Expect an entertaining contest that goes OVER the total in Kanata on Thursday night.