The Ottawa Senators lost two games to the Winnipeg Jets in the past week and will look to get on the win column when the two match up again on Saturday, Jan. 23. The first two games came with the Senators as the home team, but Saturday night’s game will take place in Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place. The game is set to get started at 10 p.m. ET.
Ottawa comes into this game with just three points and a 1-2-1 record through four games for last place in the seven-team, all-Canadian North Division. On the other side, Winnipeg has gotten off to a nice start with a 3-1 record for six points, which places the Jets in third place in the division early on this season.
After the end of this three-game mini series, Winnipeg will host the Edmonton Oilers for two consecutive games. On the other side, the Senators will take on the Vancouver Canucks for a three-game road series.
While the first two games were played in Ottawa, this one will be played in Winnipeg. This will be the Jets’ first home game of the season so far, and it will be Ottawa’s first game on the road. Winnipeg earned a 4-3 overtime victory over the Senators on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and won more comfortably on Thursday, Jan. 21 with a 4-1 deficit.
The Jets will welcome Dylan DeMelo to the lineup as he is expected to play in his first game of the season. He had been away from the team as he and his wife enjoyed the birth of their first child.
Earlier on Saturday, the Jets announced they made a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Winnipeg acquired forward Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and traded away forwards Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic.
Heading into the third straight game between these two teams, there are a number of injuries across the rosters of both teams.
For Winnipeg, Nate Thompson is expected to be out until at least Jan. 30 with a lower body injury. Tucker Poolman and Anton Forsberg are expected to be out until at least Jan. 23 for COVID-19 issues. Marko Dano is out with an undisclosed injury until at least Jan. 26. In addition, Dominic Toninato is expected to be out till at least Feb. 4 for an undisclosed reason.
On the Ottawa, Tim Stuetzle is out for an undisclosed reason and is expected to be out until at least Jan. 25.
Below are a list of betting odds for Saturday night’s game along with some of the betting trends to watch for as we get closer to the start of this matchup. All odds are via a popular United States sportsbook.
Winnipeg is at -1.5 on the puck line with +165 to cover that number. Meanwhile, the Senators are getting -200 odds to cover +1.5.
Trend: Through four games this season, the Jets have won just one game by more than 1.5 goals. Ottawa has been beaten by more than 1.5 goals once in 2021.
Oddsmakers set the total number of goals at six in this game with a slight edge toward the under. The under is getting -121 odds with the over at +100.
Trends: The total went over in five of the last seven times these two teams faced each other. In addition, the under cashed in six of Winnipeg’s last eight games as the favorite.
The Jets are the favorites to win this game with -150 odds to win straight up, and Ottawa is at +128 to pull off the slight upset.
Trends: Winnipeg is 8-2 straight up against Ottawa in the last 10 matchups between the two teams. Ottawa is 1-8 on the moneyline in its last nine games.