Washington Capitals (32-17-5) at Winnipeg Jets (32-15-9)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 13, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -135 / Washington Capitals +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Bell MTS Place.
The Washington Capitals need a spark of consistency here after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 33 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 38 assists and John Carlson has 165 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 111 goals on 1,285 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has allowed 42 goals on 481 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.
The Winnipeg Jets could also use a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 25 goals, Blake Wheeler has 46 assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 106 goals on 1,374 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed 33 goals on 321 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 20-7 in their last 27 vs. Central and 7-3 in their last 10 vs. Western Conference. The Jets are 26-7 in their last 33 home games, 27-13 in their last 40 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games. The Capitals are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Winnipeg, 10-2 in the last 12 meetings and the home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Both teams have been hit or miss as of late, but it's the Winnipeg Jets who are the third best home team in the league and are kind of due for a bounce back performance at home after losing three of their last five games. The Washington Capitals have had some issues on the defensive end as of late, and it's led to some tough losses, espesically in overtime. The Winnipeg Jets seem like the team to back here based on how well they play at the Bell MTS Place.