Ottawa Senators vs Winnipeg Jets 12/3/2017 Odds, Picks & Preview

The OTTAWA and the WINNIPEG will both be gunning for a victory on 12/3/2017 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

OTTAWA vs WINNIPEG
When: 7:00 PM  ET, Sunday, December 3, 2017
Where: Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

ROT TEAM PL OU ML
53 OTTAWA 0 (-110) 6 -105
-115
150
-170
54 WINNIPEG

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TVA (Ottawa), Sportsnet (Winnipeg)
LINE: 0
PREDICTION: Jets 5, Senators 2

Oddsmakers currently have the OTTAWA listed as 150-moneyline favorites versus the WINNIPEG, while the game’s total is sitting at 6.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The last time the Winnipeg Jets were in first place a third of the way through the season, their leading scorers were Bobby Hull, Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg, and they played in the World Hockey Association.

That was 1977-78, nearly two years before the WHA was merged into the NHL, but there are a number of similarities between the two eras, even though they’re 40 years apart.

Both versions play an entertaining brand of hockey based on puck possession, speed and a devastating power play.

There’s one more element that the WHA Jets had that year that the current Jets hope to copy, even though they’re not saying it publicly — a championship. (The AVCO Cup was the WHA’s holy grail and the Jets won it three times.)

After defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 7-4 on Friday night, the Jets climbed atop the mountain in the Western Division with a record of 16-6-4 and 36 points, one point up on the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings. Winnipeg hosts the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

The Jets are 8-0-1 in their last nine at home, but as former coach Claude Noel used to say, the players aren’t dislocating their shoulders patting themselves on the back.

Captain Blake Wheeler attributed the team’s success to not looking too far ahead and dealing with what’s in front of them.

“We’ve used each day of practice to get better, we’ve used each game to try and improve in certain areas,” Wheeler told the Winnipeg Free Press. “I don’t think that we’ve peaked. I think we have a ways to go.

“Our team, we’re learning how to play fast and kind of on the fly, and I think we can play faster. With the way the league is going, that’s an exciting thing. We’re enjoying winning, which is kind of new to our group, but we’re not fitting ourselves for rings or anything like that.”

The Senators come to town on the heels of a 6-5 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night in Brooklyn — a victory that improved their record to 9-9-6 and halted a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1).

But that’s not what was dominating social media circles Saturday. Instead, it was captain Erik Karlsson’s remarks to reporters Thursday that he won’t take a discount to stay with the only NHL club he has ever known — the Senators drafted him in 2008 — when his contract is up at the end of next season.

“When I go to market, I’m going to get what I’m worth, and it’s going to be no less, no matter where I’m going,” Karlsson told The Ottawa Citizen.

“That’s the business part of it. That’s the way every player has been treated ever since this league has started, and I think the players have been a little bit on the other side of things when it comes to negotiations. I think it’s time to realize that when we go to the table, it’s business on both parts, not just (owners).”

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Arizona 7-18-3-1 W1 3-8-1-0 4-10-2-1 1-0-0-0 6-18-3-1 1-5-2-0
Vegas 15-9-0-1 L3 9-2-0-0 6-7-0-1 5-0-0-0 10-9-0-1 7-1-0-0

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Ottawa 9-9-2-4 W1 4-5-2-3 5-4-0-1 0-1-1-0 9-8-1-4 2-2-0-1
Winnipeg 16-6-4-0 W1 9-2-1-0 7-4-3-0 2-0-0-0 14-6-4-0 5-1-1-0

LAST MEETING

Ottawa Winnipeg
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
4/1/17 OTT 2 WIN 4 31 24 0-2 28 29 0-2

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Total Points Player
OTT M. Hoffman 2
WIN B. Little 2
Goals Player
OTT M. Hoffman 2
WIN N. Ehlers 1
Assists Player
OTT D. Brassard 1
WIN B. Little 2
Saves Player
OTT M. Condon 24
WIN C. Hellebuyck 29
SEASON
Total Points Player
OTT M. Stone 25
WIN M. Scheifele 32
Goals Player
OTT M. Stone 14
WIN M. Scheifele 13
Assists Player
OTT E. Karlsson 16
WIN B. Wheeler 25
Saves Player
OTT C. Anderson 448
WIN C. Hellebuyck 574

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Total Points Player
ARI D. Stepan 2
VEG J. Marchessault 3
Goals Player
ARI O. Ekman-Larsson 1
VEG E. Haula 1
Assists Player
ARI D. Stepan 2
VEG J. Marchessault 2
Saves Player
ARI S. Wedgewood 14
VEG M. Subban 24
SEASON
Total Points Player
ARI C. Keller 22
VEG W. Karlsson 24
Goals Player
ARI C. Keller 11
VEG W. Karlsson 14
Assists Player
ARI M. Domi 13
VEG J. Marchessault 14
Saves Player
ARI A. Raanta 309
VEG M. Lagace 298

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