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The Senators lost to the Jets in their last game and look to double up on their win total facing their North Division rivals again in this game.
The Jets have won two of three games this season and are coming off an OT win over the Senators. The team has scored four goals in their two wins while only scoring once in the lone loss. The defense for Winnipeg has not been great but consistent giving up three goals in each of their first three games.
The Senators lost their second in a row with the loss to the Jets in their last game. They won the season-opener scoring five goals and they have scored five in losing their last two games.
Coming Back Twice
In the last game, the Jets beat the Senators 4-3 on OT coming back from a 2-0 first period deficit and then a 3-1 second period deficit. Blake Wheeler scored the game-tying goal with only 1:17 left in regulation and Nikolaj Ehlers netted his first of the season in OT for the game-winner. Adam Lowry and Kyle Conner also scored in the win.
The Jets won the game with Ottawa even though they were outshot 41-28. They scored one goal on their five power play chances but also allowed two goals giving the Senators five chances with the extra man. Laurent Brossoit made his first start of the season and turned away 38 pf 41 shots. #1 G Connor Hellebuyck will likely be back in net for this game and after a win in his first start, he lost the last one giving up two goals on 37 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kyle Conner has scored a goal in all three games and leads the Jets with five points. Patrick Laine has two goals but missed the last two games and is listed as questionable for this game.
Can’t Hold On
Not only could the Senators not hold onto two two-goal leads in the last game but gave up the game-tying goal with only 1:17 left in regulation. Josh Norris and Chris Tierney each scored in the first period in the loss and Alex Galchenyuk scored 11:47 into the second period but Ottawa was blanked after that.
Matt Murray gave up four goals on 28 shots in the loss to the Jets and he has been in goal for all three games for the Senators. Before giving up four goals in the last game he gave up three in each of his first two games.
Nikita Zaitsev leads the Senators with four points, all on assists, and has an assist in each of his last two games. Chris Tierney is the only player for the team that has more than one goal with two of them.
Last season the Senators lost to the Jets twice being outscored 10-3.
The Ottawa Senators are:
- 6-13 in their last 19 Thursday games
- 15-36 in their last 51 overall
- 35-75 in their last 110 games as an underdog
- 2-9 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning % above .600
The Winnipeg Jets are:
- 6-0 in their last 6 games as a favorite
- 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record
- 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road favorite
The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Jets took the first game of the season facing the Senators coming back twice in the game. The team has been up and down early in the season and while the attack has been solid in two games it only scored one goal in the other and in all three games they have given up three goals. The Senators have lost their last two games giving up seven goals and I see their defense struggling again. I also see their attack struggling, as I think Connor Hellebuyck will be back in between the pipes after missing the last game. This game will be like the first in that it will be close and the Jets will get the win.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total for the first game went Over but I am leaning towards the Under in this one. The Senators played poor defense after taking a 3-1 in the last game and they will have a better defensive game this time around. However, while they will keep the Jets from scoring a few goals they will have issues scoring the puck I think Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck getting the start in this game for Winnipeg and he will have a great game in the net. Unlike the first game this one will be a lower-scoring one, which is why the Under is the smart pick.
Under 6 goals