Washington Capitals vs. Winnipeg Jets - 11/3/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (4-6-0) at Washington Capitals (6-2-1)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -244 / Winnipeg Jets +190 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals meet Thursday night in NHL action at the Verizon Center.
The Winnipeg Jets could use a bounce back road victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Jets are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 11.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with six goals, Mark Scheifele has four assists and Blake Wheeler has 33 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 14 goals on 162 shots faced and Michael Hutchinson has allowed 14 goals on 149 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or more goals in eight of their 10 games this season.
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The Washington Capitals look to keep the puck rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Capitals are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 15.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Marcus Johansson leads Washington with six 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 81.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 15 goals on 201 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed two goals on 43 shots. The Washington Capitals are 5-0 this season when scoring three or more goals.
The Jets are 4-17 in their last 21 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games. The Capitals are 41-18 in their last 59 games playing on 1 days rest and 40-16 in their last 56 home games. The Jets are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Washington and 2-9 in the last 11 meetings overall.
The Washington Capitals are playing some of the best hockey in the league right now and are running into a team they've dominated over the years. The Winnipeg Jets also continue to find ways to lose and are struggling on the defensive end, which isn't good when facing a team such as the Capitals. Washington should win this game rather easily on its home ice.