Washington Capitals vs Winnipeg Jets Predictions, Free NHL Pick 2/27/2020
Game: Washington Capitals vs Winnipeg Jets
Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Location: Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, MB
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-135) Jets (+122)
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals (39-18-6, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) are headed to Bell MTS Place on Thursday where they'll take on the Winnipeg Jets (32-27-6, 5th in the Central Division). The Capitals open this matchup at -135 while the Jets are coming in at +122. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Capitals cover 59.3% of the time, having gone 35-24 SU. The Jets cover 46.8% of the time, going 29-33 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 39 wins and 18 losses, putting them at 1st in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have scored a total of 218 goals which ranks 3rd in the East and 3rd in the league. Their goal differential is +27, putting them at 6th in the league. The Capitals currently have a total of 84 pts, which ranks 3rd in the league and 3rd in the East. in respect to shots at the opposition, they currently have a total of 2,018 which ranks 7th in the conference and 13th in the league. As a group, Washington has collected a total of 1,493 hits which means they have an average of 23.7 per contest. They currently have a total of 688 blocks for the season. The goaltender for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has been on the ice a total of 2,498 minutes minding the goal for the season. Holtby is allowing an average of 3.12 goals against average which has him placed 25th in the East and 54th in the NHL among goaltenders. Over the course of this season, he's given up 130 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .897 which has him placed 29th in the East.
The Washington Capitals came out of this game feeling pretty good about themselves with a 4 - 3 win over the Winnipeg Jets in their last contest. The Capitals had a solid offensive outing and it was apparent in the win. In this game, they finished 4 out of the 37 shots they attempted. Additionally, they had 1 power play attempt but didn't get a goal. Washington racked up 11 penalty minutes in this outing. The Corsi for the Capitals was 58 and the Corsi against at even strength was 66 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 46.8%. Their Fenwick was 45 while the Fenwick against sat at 44, which gave them a rate of 50.6%. They took 27 face-off wins and were beaten on 25 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 41.2% and they had a PDO at even strength of 99.1 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Winnipeg Jets tallied a total of 33 shots. They finished with 7 minutes in the box and they earned a total of 3 power play opportunities.
The Jets will be the team across the ice and for the season they sit with 32 victories and 27 defeats. When discussing goal differential, they are sitting 9th in the West and 20th in the league with 0. They have a total of 193 goals for the season which has them at 7th in the West. Winnipeg has a team save % of .909 which currently has them sitting 10th in the league, meaning there should be some opportunities to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 9.5% ranking them 7th in the West. In goal for Winnipeg is Connor Hellebuyck who is having a marginal year by giving up 2.72 goals against average and that has him ranked 10th among West goaltenders and 25th in the NHL. In the 2,911 minutes he has been on the ice this year, he has surrendered 132 goals. He's earned a save % of .918, which has him placed 7th among West goaltenders and 14th in the NHL.
The Winnipeg Jets opposed the Washington Capitals in a matchup where the Jets were on the wrong end of the score by a tally of 4 - 3. In this game, Winnipeg wound up with a 53.2% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 66 while their opponent had a Corsi of 58. They had a Fenwick percentage of 49.4% with a Fenwick of 44 and the Capitals earning a 45 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Winnipeg played and you could say that they didn't play great, but weren't awful either. Their PDO was 100.9 and their percentage of oZS was 58.8%. The Jets scored 3 goals of the 33 shots on goal they pursued. They had 3 power play attempts in this game but didn't put one in the back of the net. In discussing the opposition, the Capitals had 1 power play chance but weren't able to put the puck in the net. Winnipeg gave way to 37 shots on goal and the Capitals had a total of 11 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Winnipeg (+122)
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