Winnipeg Jets (30-19-10) at Washington Capitals (31-17-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 19, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Washington Capitals -152 / Winnipeg Jets +137 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Jets and Capitals meet up in Washington on Thursday with playoff implications at stake for both teams and both teams looking for their third straight victory.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to close the gap on the rest of the Central division playoff contenders with another victory tonight and they can pull to within three points of the Blackhawks with a win and move into the top three in the division. The Jets were the first team to make a splash via the trading circuit as they sent injured and disgruntled forward Evander Kane and defenseman Zach Bogosian to the Buffalo Sabres for blue liner Tyler Myers and winger Drew Stafford in a win now move for the Jets who look to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since moving from Atlanta. Winnipeg has had a very solid season and may not be done when it comes to bringing some pieces in for ap layoff run and if they're serious about making an upgrade I think it would be in their best interest to go after a solid goaltending option that has proven he can win hockey games in the playoffs and while the price tag may be high the perfect fit for me would be Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes. For now though, Ondrej Pavelec will likely get the start and he will go up against Braden Holtby.
The Capitals meanwhile can leapfrog the Pittsburgh Penguins for third spot in the Metro division for the first time in ages and would force the Pens into a wild card spot, something we didn't think we would see based on how the first two months of the season had gone in the division. Washington and New York have made huge strides to catch their divisional foes and both the Isles and Penguins have fallen off a bit since their red hot starts and while both are likely to land playoff spots it is surely an interesting dynamic now moving forward and it'll be a very exciting finish to the end. The Caps have ridden Braden Holtby all season and I think he deserves more recognition in the Vezina race and if he can show up here against the Jets than Washington has a great chance of getting the win on home ice. I am a little tempted taking the road team here as Washington is coming off a huge win over the Pens but with this being in DC I think the Caps do get the win in regulation.