The Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets are scheduled to take to the ice at Bell MTS Place in downtown Winnipeg on Monday night. The Senators haven’t been able to flex much this season, but they had something to celebrate on Saturday. They looked impressive in a 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens might be more of the overrated side, but for a team like the Senators, any positive is a good thing in Ottawa.
The Senators moved to 13-21-4 on the season with 30 points. They trail the Calgary Flames by 5 points for next to last in the North Division. Next in line is the Vancouver Canucks who are dealing with a big Covid outbreak, so the status of their season is up in the air. Who knows when they’ll be approved to play, or if they are going to have to ditch their season all together. That is currently up in the air without much new information from the team regarding the status of the infected players.
Ottawa was coming off a 4-1 loss against the Habs before they turned the tables around in the winning effort. Evgenii Dadonov found the back of the net twice, while Artem Anisimov contributed with three helpers for a few points in the win. The Senators might be a 13-21-4 team, but they have some young talent that could put them in a good sport in the near future. There is a lot to like about where things are going, though I think we’ve said this before with teams that appear to have a great future with young talent and flop. I’m looking at you, Calgary.
The Jets have been playing solid hockey this season, though are falling behind against a hot Maple Leafs squad. In the blink of an eye, the Maple Leafs have opened up a six-point lead on the Edmonton Oilers and Jets. The Oilers are getting hotter, too, so the Jets have to quickly get back on track. Winnipeg is coming off back-to-back losses against the Maple Leafs, 3-1 and 2-1 OT, including losses in three of their previous four outings. In a small slump, we’ll see if the Jets can prevent this from growing into a bigger problem. Head below for our free Senators vs. Jets pick on April 5, 2021.
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The Jets losing against the Maple Leafs was at no fault of Connor Hellebuyck. We can establish that much. Hellebuyck stood on his head in a duel against Jack Campbell in a shootout. Hellebuyck finished with a 0.974 save percentage with 37 saves on 38 shots. That was a game where neither goaltender deserved a loss. Campbell countered with 31 saves on 32 shots, so it isn’t like the Jets didn’t get any pucks towards the net in that contest. Off two straight losses, the Jets welcome an easier challenge on Monday night.
Well, if the Jets take the Senators seriously that is, because like I said, Ottawa has some good young talent on their roster that can sneak up on a team if a full effort isn’t brought to the table. You have to believe that the Jets will not take the Senators lightly in this one. Ottawa has been capable at home in Kanata for the most part, but have been beaten up pretty good as a visitor. They are one of the worst teams in the league on the road, with a record of 5-14-0. In 19 road games, they’ve picked up just 10 points.
The effort defensively has been abysmal at best for the Senators on the road. They just show zero energy winning battles in the corners. The Sens have conceded a whopping 4.63 goals per game on the road. Overall, they’ve allowed 3.71 goals per game for 31st in the NHL. As awful as that is, they are much worse on the road.
Anton Forsberg is listed as probable between the pipes for the Senators. He owns a 3.00 GAA and 0.921 save percentage on the road this season. Conversely, Hellebuyck has a 2.45 GAA and 0.917 save percentage in Winnipeg. Look for the Senators to play contently after a nice win over the Canadiens. That should allow the Jets to have a nice bounce back opportunity at home tonight after a couple of tough losses against the Leafs. The puckline at +120 looks like bettable value.