Winnipeg Jets (21-11-1) vs. Washington Capitals (18-13-4)
December 23, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Capitals -164 / Winnipeg Jets +136; Over/Under: +6
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The Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals meet Friday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena. The Winnipeg Jets have split their last 8 games. The Washington Capitals have won 8 of their last 9 games.
The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 24 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with 19 goals, Josh Morrissey has 32 assists and Kyle Connor has 113 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 56 goals on 781 shots faced, and David Rittich has allowed 20 goals on 219 shots.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 22.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 20 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 19 assists and John Carlson has 92 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 48 goals on 570 shots faced, and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 36 goals on 399 shots.
The Jets are 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 7-1 in their last 8 overall. The under is 4-0 in Jets last 4 overall. The over is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Jets are 6-21 in the last 27 meetings in Washington and 5-16 in the last 21 meetings. The favorite is 13-4 in the last 17 meetings. The home team is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings.
The Winnipeg Jets are always worth a look in the underdog role, especially with the way they’re playing right now. However, it’s the Washington Capitals who are one of the hotter teams in the league, and they’ve done some of their best hockey during this stretch on their home ice. I’m just not eager to step in front of the Caps in their current form, and they’ve owned the Jets over the years. Give me the Capitals and the reasonable juice.