While the majority of the teams in the NHL play in the United States, there can be no denying that hockey is a sport born and raised in Canada. The fans north of the border are about as passionate about their game as it gets, so there is sure to be a day of mourning taking place up there today.
As of Monday night, it became official that no Canadian team would be making it into the playoffs, which is only the second time in the history of the league that this has happened. The last time none of the Canadian teams were in the postseason was 46 years ago, so you can just imagine how hard this news hits up north.
There is still a lot of pride to play for, and you can bet that fans of the Senators and Jets will be looking for their teams to put on a show when they hook up in Winnipeg on Wednesday night. Be sure to check the NHL odds at MyBookie.ag before the puck drops.
Ottawa Senators Vs Winnipeg Jets NHL Odds Analysis
When: Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Radio: CFGO and CFRW
Live Stream: NHL Stream
NHL Spread: Winnipeg -115
Why bet on the Ottawa Senators
There are always a number of reasons why teams don’t make it to the playoffs, but for the Senators (34-33-9), the glaring reason has been their inability to keep the puck out of the net. It was their goaltending duo that were the heroes last season, but Andrew Hammond and Craig Anderson have both looked very ordinary this time around. The Senators were still in with an outside shot at the playoffs up until very recently, but a 3-5-2 record in the last 10 games is essentially what did them in. Their 14-20-3 record on the road is also not what you would expect from a team looking to head to the postseason. The Senators are averaging 2.8 GPG, and are giving up 3.0 GPG.
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Why bet on the Winnipeg Jets
The Jets (31-38-7) missing the playoffs is a surprise to many NHL fans, as they looked like a team ready to take a big step forward given how well they played last season. With speed and size, this looks like a team built for playoff activities, but they just haven’t been able to get the job done in the regular season. It also doesn’t help that they have only managed a single PP goal in their last 13 games. You need special teams to be clicking in order to win on a regular basis in this league, and it just hasn’t happened for the Jets. Winnipeg also have a losing record on home ice, which is where the good teams generally tend to make hay. The Jets are averaging 2.5 GPG, and are giving up 2.9 GPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
With a pair of defenses as porous as what these two bring to the table, there is a better than average chance that we will see some goals in this one. The Jets are not great at home, but good enough to get the win here, I believe.
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