Winnipeg Jets vs. Washington Capitals - 11/1/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (5-2-1) at Winnipeg Jets (4-5-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (MTS Centre)
The Line: Winnipeg Jets / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the MTS Centre.
The Washington Capitals look to build on their solid 5-2-1 start to the season as they end a four-game road trip. The Capitals are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Marcus Johansson leads Washington with five goals, Alex Ovechkin has two assists and T.J. Oshie has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing two goals per game and are killing 78.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 13 goals on 156 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed two goals on 43 shots. The Washington Capitals have won five of their last eight regular season road games.
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The Winnipeg Jets could use a statement victory after splitting their last six games overall. The Jets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 12.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with six goals, Mark Scheifele has four assists and Blake Wheeler has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 78.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 11 goals on 135 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 14 goals on 149 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have scored one or less goals in three of their last five games. Tyler Myers is questionable with a lower-body injury.
The Capitals are 40-18 in their last 58 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Central. The Jets are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan and 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Capitals are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings and the home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Capitals are flexing their muscle early and likely want to end their Canadien road trip on a positive note. The Jets are having a hard time at both ends of the ice and have lost eight of their last 10 meetings against Washington. I have to side with the Capitals on the road to win this game.