by OddsShark (@OddsShark | https://twitter.com/oddsshark)
The Winnipeg Jets’ final game of a middling road trip is against a Stanley Cup contender who is coming off a big win. The Jets are +170 away underdogs while the Washington Capitals are -200 home favorites with a 6.5-goal total on the NHL odds for Tuesday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Jets are 5-8 in their last 13 games as an away underdog, including a pair of defeats on their eastern swing. The Capitals are only 8-6 at home this season when they go deeper than -180 into minus money at sports betting sites, but they could be buoyed by a 5-3 home win against the archrival Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. The total has gone OVER in seven of the Capitals’ last 10 home games against the Western Conference.
Jets at Capitals | OddsShark Matchup Report
The home team is 10-1 in the last 11 games of this matchup. The Jets and Capitals will complete their home-and-home series in Winnipeg on Thursday.
The Jets are 32-27-5, but are only 1-5 in their last six away games against Eastern Conference teams. With first-pairing defenseman Josh Morrissey ailing, the Jets, who are 23rd in the 31-team NHL in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (48.4 percent), could be hard-pressed to create ample offensive zone time for the likes of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor. The Jets are 18th in goals scored (2.97) and 12th in goals against (2.97). On special teams, Winnipeg’s power play is ranked 15th (20.5 percent) and the penalty killing unit ranks 25th (77.2).
Connor Hellebuyck, who has a 26-20-5 record with a 2.72 goals-against average and .918 save percentage, is the Jets’ projected starting goalie.
The Capitals are 38-18-6, but are only 3-5 in their last eight home games with the total finishing OVER seven times. But Washington and captain Alex Ovechkin, who rank seventh in five-on-five shot-attempt percentage (51.6 percent), should be determined to avoid a letdown after the Pittsburgh win. The Capitals are third in goals scored (3.47) and 16th in goals against (3.03). On special teams, Washington’s power play is ranked 15th (20.4 percent) and the penalty killing unit ranks fourth (83.5).
Ilya Samsonov, who has a 16-5-1 record with a 2.41 goals-against average and .916 save percentage, is the more rested of the Capitals’ two goalies. Samsonvov has also come down to earth in February with a 4.55 GAA and .855 save percentage in his last four games. Braden Holtby has a 22-13-5 record with a 3.13 GAA and .897 save percentage.
Following Thursday’s rematch against the Capitals, the Jets visit the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.