High-Flying Jets Look to Surprise Senators
Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators – Sunday March 17, 2013 5:00PM EST
Until the NHL’s realignment plan goes into place, the Winnipeg Jets will have to continue to make long treks to places like Ottawa to play teams like the Senators. The betting sites have seen a lot of improvement in the Jets this season, while the Senators is starting to slip significantly in the Northeast Division standings. Winnipeg has started to finally see a lot of its young talent playing at their potential and is making a serious push towards the top of the Southeast Division and the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The online betting sites know that the Ottawa Senators has always played a tough style of game, but the team never had the goaltending to back it up. For several years, the team has been looking for a goalie to replace the erratic but effective Ray Emery. It looks like the team has found its goalie in Craig Anderson, but Anderson’s brilliance comes at a price. He is prone to streaks where he makes bad decisions and can be part of the reason that the team loses games. Anderson seems to always come through in the playoffs, but he can be hard to predict in the regular season.
Why the Jets Will Win
If you have been paying attention to the NHL betting odds lately, then you have seen the name Evander Kane popping up a lot more often. This is a strong kid that has always had a nose for the net, but he has never been able to bring out that potential that he has. This is the season where Kane has finally emerged as an NHL scorer who can help change the momentum of games. Look for Kane to be a factor against an Ottawa team that lives and dies by the bodycheck.
Why the Senators Will Win
The key to beating the Winnipeg Jets is to crash their net and put pressure on the goalie. That game plan just happens to be the expert domain of the Ottawa Senators. The more pressure that Ottawa can put on the Winnipeg net, the less time that Winnipeg will spend in the Ottawa end taking shots at a Craig Anderson who has not been very reliable as of late. Look for Ottawa to force the issue in this game and try to get a young Winnipeg team to make mistakes early.
The Bottom Line
The Jets has been building a speed team for a couple of years now and it finally looks like that team is ready to take flight. With the scoring prowess of Evander Kane and the strength of defenseman Dustin Byfuglein, the Winnipeg Jets will be a handful for an Ottawa Senators team that is struggling to win games and score goals. Winnipeg will make a loud statement in this game and it will be heard by the entire conference.
Pick: Winnipeg Jets
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