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Jets look to avenge home stumble vs. Senators
Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets
- Ottawa beat Winnipeg, 5-2, when these teams first met on February 9 this season. Winnipeg had swept the series over Ottawa in each of the last two seasons and averaged 4.50 goals over that span.
- Winnipeg lost, 4-1, to Colorado on Thursday, and the team has failed to score a power-play goal in six straight entering its game with Ottawa. The Jets haven't had a longer power-play scoring drought since the 2015-16 season (10 straight).
- Ottawa's penalty-kill percentage this season is 77.1, 22nd in the NHL. However, over the Senators' last 10 games (since January 18), their penalty-kill percentage is 90.9, third in the NHL.
- Connor Hellebuyck is 4-0-0 in his career against the Senators. They are one of two opponents (also Blue Jackets) against whom he's never lost. He allowed four combined goals in his first three wins combined over the Senators before allowing five goals in his most recent outing against the franchise.
- Mark Scheifele leads the Jets with six points in February (4g, 2a), but he has fewer points than games played (seven) thus far in the month -- this would be the first month of the season that has been true.
- Brady Tkachuk scored his 13th goal of the season last time out. There are three NHL rookies with more goals this season, but none that have spent more minutes in the penalty box (Tkachuk has 59). He spent seven minutes in the box on Thursday, his second-highest total this season.
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The Winnipeg Jets will look to rebound from a rare misstep at home when they take the ice Saturday against the visiting Ottawa Senators, who have endured significant troubles on the road this season.
The Central Division-leading Jets, who boast a Western Conference-best 21 victories at home, had collected a point in nine straight (8-0-1) inside their own building before Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Brandon Tanev scored his career-high 12th goal midway into the first period for Winnipeg, which sustained its first regulation home setback since a 3-1 loss to Minnesota on Dec. 29.
"It's saying we've been pretty good at home. Games like that are going to happen. It's how you respond to them," Jets defenseman Tyler Myers told the Winnipeg Sun after the loss to the Avalanche. "(Thursday) was an off night for us. We want to get to a consistency we can carry into a good playoff series."
One consistency for the Jets has been their fruitless power play, which is 0-for-15 in the last six outings. Winnipeg has lost four of those six games, a stretch that includes a 5-2 setback at NHL-worst Ottawa last Saturday.
Patrik Laine notched an assist in that contest against the Senators, but the 20-year-old Finn has struggled to find the net since his sizzling 18-goal outburst in November. Laine scored just three times in December and is mired in a season-high 13-game goal drought, but coach Paul Maurice saw some positives against Colorado.
"I liked his game," Maurice said. "I thought five-on-five he was skating and working, and he had some good looks. He had his game going."
Laine has scored 11 of his 25 goals on the power play to lead the team. It is four more than Mark Scheifele, who has a club-best 30 goals overall. Captain Blake Wheeler has notched 21 of his team-leading 56 assists with the man advantage.
Winnipeg native Mark Stone, who shares Ottawa's team lead in goals (26) with fellow soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Matt Duchene, scored twice in the previous encounter with the Jets. Stone tallied again for his club-best 57th point in Tuesday's 4-1 setback versus Carolina, before being held in check two nights later in a 3-2 loss at Detroit.
"We had over 40 shots in someone else's building and held them under 30," Senators coach Guy Boucher said of the team's loss to the Red Wings. "I'll take those stats every day. We just didn't capitalize on our opportunities."
Duchene also scored versus Winnipeg and joined Brady Tkachuk in tallying against Detroit to give him five goals in his last five games and 17 points (11 goals, six assists) in his past 15.
Defenseman Thomas Chabot set up a goal against the Jets and notched his team-leading 33rd assist versus the Red Wings to give him five points in his last five contests.
Despite the production from Stone, Duchene and Chabot, Ottawa has dropped seven of nine overall and four in a row on the road. The Senators own a 7-19-1 mark away from the their own building, with the road victory total matching New Jersey for the fewest in the league entering play on Friday.
--Field Level Media
Updated February 15, 2019
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Published: 2015-05-28 13:51:00
Updated: 2016-07-13 10:41:59
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