One of the big surprises of the NHL this season has been the play of the Winnipeg Jets in a tough North division. They currently sit with 7-4-1 record and enter Thursday night third on points percentage among the seven teams. After sending Patrik Laine to Columbus a few weeks ago, talented two-way centre Pierre-Luc Dubois has entered the fold and given the Jets a new element. It’ll be fun to watch this team continue to develop.
And we can only hope the Ottawa Senators are developing, because they need to find a way to take some positives out of what already seems like a very lost season. They’re already 18 points behind division leaders, Toronto – and a playoff spot seems an impossibility after just a month. They struggle mightily to defend, their goaltending has been atrocious, while their scoring has really tapered off. Right now, the Sens’ best chance at a successful season is winning the draft lottery in the summer.
With different priorities already emerging, it should provide for an intriguing game Thursday night. Winnipeg will look to continue to mesh with their new lineup, while a pesky Sens’ side will prioritize bringing the physicality to what promises to be a rowdy Thursday evening encounter. Continue reading on beneath the current odds for our betting prediction on Jets vs. Ottawa – a heated contest in the North division.
Ottawa Senators vs. Winnipeg Jets Betting Odds:
Ottawa Senators (+185)
@ Winnipeg Jets (-205)
Ottawa Senators +1.5 (-125)
@ Winnipeg Jets -1.5 (+105)
Over 6.5 (-110)
Under 6.5 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Ottawa Senators vs. Winnipeg Jets Pick:
Though it was underwhelming start for Winnipeg’s new top talent in centreman Pierre-Luc Dubois, feasting on the lowly Senators should bring about the best for this offense. The Jets boast a deep and talented group of forwards, and with the added benefit of last change on Thursday night, coach Paul Maurice should put his talented roster in big positions to succeed.
Winnipeg has been steady thus far at 5-on-5 play, generating frequent scoring chances, but struggling to limit opportunities against. The Jets have shown some deficiencies within their special teams, but again – hosting Ottawa should allow for their full potential to shine through.
Ottawa enters with a healthy lineup, though their quality remains in question. Their youthful players have yet to taken the next step, and their play without the puck remains awful. Defensively the Sens are quite porous, and Matt Murray between the pipes has been nowhere near league average.
That’s welcome news for a Jets group littered with offensive potential. Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Dubois should all find ample time and space navigating through Ottawa’s zone, and don’t be surprised to see some lofty point totals for the Jets’ stars.
With Winnipeg looking to stay afloat atop the North division, and eager to fit in Dubois to his new surroundings – expect the Jets to really use this game to establish the tone for a new era with this new core. There’s a huge talent gap, and though the Sens may revert to getting supremely physical – the Jets can handle that style of match-up, and should be able to out-skill Ottawa en route to a convincing victory. The Jets -1.5 seems like the right play for Thursday evening.