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Wednesday Night Hockey Preview: Red Wings vs Jets, Capitals vs Islanders, Kraken vs Kings

There are only three games on the docket tonight in the NHL, but they feature high-profile teams with points to prove.

Detroit is in Winnipeg to take on a red-hot Jets team. The Capitals welcome the Islanders to Washington DC. And the night cap is a Pacific Division showdown between the Kraken and Kings.

Jump ahead here:

Let's look at each game and make some picks!

Detroit Red Wings @ Winnipeg Jets odds

DET Red Wings+130 ML
WIN Jets-155 ML
Total GoalsO/U 6.5

Detroit Red Wings @ Winnipeg Jets information

WhereCanada Life Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
When7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, December 20
How to watchSportsnet

Detroit Red Wings @ Winnipeg Jets predictions

There was a lot of discussion around the Winnipeg Jets in the offseason about what kind of team they were going to be this season. Well, the answer is a very good one. 

The Jets are third in the central division and are only one point back of the Avalanche and Stars for first place. They're also seventh in the NHL by points percentage. 

There weren't many people that thought the Jets would be better this season after losing Pierre Luc Dubois via trade, but it's been the opposite effect. Getting rid of Dubois and Blake Wheeler and handing over the leadership of the team to Adam Lowry, Mark Scheifele, and Josh Morrissey has been a godsend for Winnipeg. 

The most important development has been the play of Connor Hellebuyck. In his last 10 games he has a record of 7-2-1 with a .940 save percentage and a 1.80 goals against average.

On the other hand, the Detroit Red Wings are struggling as of late. They are 1-5-1 in their last seven games. Detroit's top players have not been carrying the load offensively like they need to. Dylan Larkin just returned from a scary injury last Saturday. Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat and Lucas Raymond all have four points in their last seven games. 

Things don't seem to be clicking with the Red Wings right now. They're heading into a tough building to play against the best goalie in the NHL as of late.


Money Line: Winnipeg Jets -155

Over/Under: Under 6.5 Goals

New York Islanders @ Washington Capitals odds

NY Islanders+105 ML
WAS Capitals-125 ML
Total GoalsO/U 5.5

New York Islanders @ Washington Capitals information

WhereCapital One Arena, Washington DC
When7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, December 20
How to watchSportsnet+

New York Islanders @ Washington Capitals predictions

We are in for a tight checking, competitive game between these two teams who are only separated by two points in the standings.

The Islanders are playing their best hockey of the season over their last 11 games with a record of 7-2-2. What's been most impressive is their ability to score goals over that stretch. They've scored at least three goals in each of their last 11 games (45 total goals in that time). The only team that has scored more than the Islanders since November 26th is the Vegas Golden Knights. Bo Horvat, Matthew Barzal and Noah Dobson all have 17 points in their last 11 games. It's been an impressive run for a team that is not known for scoring goals with ease.

The Capitals are 5-3-2 in their last ten games. Washington is a team who wins hockey games as a collective unit. Gone are the days of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeni Kuznetsov carrying the offence in DC. Ovechkin is on pace to score 15 goals, by far the worst output of his career. Kuznetsov has 11 points in 24 games and has been a healthy scratch. And Backtrom's career is looking like it might be over due to injury.

No one on the Capitals has over 20 points on the season. Their top scorer is Dylan Strome with 18 points in 28 games.

Yet, somehow, the Capitals are in the mix for a playoff spot.

This feels like it's going to be a close divisional game. Both teams are fighting to stay in the playoff picture. I like the Islanders to come out on top when it's all said and done and for them to win in overtime.


Money Line: New York Islanders +105

Tied after regulation: Yes +300

Seattle Kraken @ Los Angeles Kings odds

SEA Kraken+145
LA Kings-170
Total GoalsO/U 6.0

Seattle Kraken @ Los Angeles Kings information Arena, Los Angeles, California
When10 PM ET, Wednesday, December 20
How to watchSportsnet+

Seattle Kraken @ Los Angeles Kings predictions

We have a bit of a mismatch on paper in the night cap. We have a struggling Seattle Kraken team in LA to take on one of the best teams in the NHL this season.

Last year it seemed like everything went right for the Kraken. They had 14 players with double digit goals including Jared McCann who scored 40. Unfortunately, the luck has run out for the 2023-24 Kraken.

Seattle is 2-8-2 in their last 12 games which included an eight-game losing streak. Their only wins came against the worst team in the NHL (Chicago Blackhawks) and the Florida Panthers.

The Kraken are 22nd in goals for, and 27th in goals against. They can't score. They aren't defending well. it's been a rough year, considering they beat the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs last season. It doesn't look like it's getting any better in the pacific northwest.

Meanwhile in LA, the Kings have been on fire all season long. LA doesn't have any weaknesses throughout their lineup. The crazy thing is that the Kings are having success despite the fact that Pierre-Luc Dubois only has five goals and 12 points in 28 games. He's 9th on the Kings in points.

The Kings played last night in San Jose. So, they might be a little tired. But that's not going to be enough to keep them from winning this game tonight.


Puck Line: LA Kings -1.5

Anytime Goalscorer: Kevin Fiala +210

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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