[8:08 PM] Capitals @ Jets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Washington Capitals (5-2-1)

@ Winnipeg Jets (4-5-0)


Starting Goalies:

Braden Holtby (WSH): Confirmed

Connor Hellebuyck(WPG): Confirmed


Current odds:

Washington Capitals: (-175)

Winnipeg Jets: (+155)


Following a brief two-game stumble, the Washington Capitals are rolling again heading into Tuesday’s contest against the host Winnipeg Jets. The Capitals never trailed in winning back-to-back games this weekend, scoring eight goals combined against Vancouver and Calgary – four by forward Marcus Johansson – after coach Barry Trotz juggled his forward lines.

Johansson has benefited from the rejuggling of Trotz’s lines, finishing the weekend with five points (four goals, one assist) and a plus-3 rating. Washington’s special teams played exceptionally well in the two victories, going 5-for-5 on the penalty kill after allowing a power-play goal in five of its first six games. Goalie Philipp Grubauer has stopped 41-of-43 shots in two appearances this season, while Holtby stopped 21-of-22 shots Sunday after allowing seven goals in his previous two games.

Forward Nikolaj Ehlers scored Winnipeg’s lone goal Sunday and continues to assert himself offensively in his second season as Maurice moved him onto the top line after the first period. The Jets posted a season-high 38 shots but could not convert on six power-play opportunities. Connor Hellebuyck shut down the Sabres after coming on for Hutchinson and has stopped 51-of-52 shots in his past two appearances, including a 38-save performance in Thursday’s victory over Dallas.

Winnipeg F Drew Stafford (upper-body injury) is not expected to play Tuesday while D Tyler Myers (lower-body) hopes to return after missing Sunday’s contest.

Capitals F Alex Ovechkin has 85 points (43 goals, 42 assists) in 59 career games against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.

Jets rookie F Patrik Laine, who is tied for the NHL lead in goals (six), is pointless in his past two games after recording six (five goals, one assist) in his previous four contests.


StreakSmarts Pick: Washington Capitals  

Confidence: 6/10

StreakSmarter Pick