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Sens @ Jets | Mon Mar 26 | 730PM CST | MTS Centre | Game 76 | "Sen City"






SEN CITY MEETS THE 'PEG

Last 10: Ottawa 4-4-2; Winnipeg 5-5-0

Season Series: This is the fourth and final matchup this season between these two Canadian
franchises. Ottawa has taken two of the previous three, but lost the most recent meeting, a 2-0 game
in Ottawa on Jan. 16 in which Chris Mason made 25 stops for the shutout.

Big Story: While Ottawa is still hanging on to a playoff spot in the East, Winnipeg has dropped
three of their last four, all but eliminating them from postseason contention. Ottawa seemed assured
of a playoff berth not that long ago, but losses in five of its last seven games have made a
postseason appearance far less of a certainty. A strong 4-2-0 run to open March put Winnipeg within
reach of a playoff spot. But itsr recent 1-3-0 run has put those playoff hopes in peril. If the Jets
still want to qualify for the playoffs, they'll have to do it at the expense of the Sens.

Team Scope:

Senators: A 7-1-1 record to close out February made Ottawa's appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs
seem inevitable. But a 4-5-2 run since then has made the playoffs, though still a strong
possibility, far from a sure thing in Ottawa. A 1-2-0 homestand was followed up with a humbling 5-1
loss in Montreal Friday night, casting some doubts about whether or not Paul MacLean's squad was
capable of closing out what has so far been a remarkable comeback season following Ottawa's dismal
32-40-10 record in 2010-11.

Hope was renewed, if temporarily, Saturday night against the Penguins, easily the League's hottest
team. Hosting Pittsburgh, Milan Michalek opened the scoring with his team-leading 33rd goal of the
season before consecutive goals from Matt Cooke gave the Penguins the lead. But the Sens would score
seven more goals on just 19 shots, sustaining a 40-shot barrage from Pittsburgh to win 8-4. The
eight goals on 28 shots came from a variety of sources, particularly Daniel Alfredsson, whose two
goals and two assists gave the Ottawa captain his first four-point game in almost two years. Nick
Foligno provided three assists, for his second three-point game this season.

Jets: The Jets appeared destined to finish out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference. But a
6-1-2 run that began last month inspired hope in hockey-mad Winnipeg, which hasn't seen an NHL
playoff series win since 1987. That gleam of postseason hope was diminished by the Jets' recent
3-5-0 run, which has created a deficit in the Eastern Conference standings that may be
insurmountable.

Looking for a big win in Nashville Saturday night, the Jets trailed 2-0 in the third period
following second-period tallies from Matt Halischuk and Gabriel Bourque. Considering Winnipeg's
1-22-3 record coming into the game when trailing after 40 minutes, that score did not bode well for
the Jets. But Tim Stapleton scored 12:53 into the final frame, providing a sliver of hope against a
Nashville team that boasted a 26-2-3 record coming into the game when leading after two periods. In
the end, Winnipeg could not complete the comeback and Shea Weber’s empty-netter sealed a 3-1
Predators' win. The loss left the Jets six points out of the eight spot with just seven games to
play.

Who's Hot: For Ottawa, Milan Michalek has four points in his last two games while Jason Spezza has
five points in his last five games. The Jets' charge has been led by Stapleton, who has three
goals and three assists on his current five-game point streak. Bryan Little also has three goals in
his last three games while Spencer Machacek has six points in four games since being called up from
St. John's on March 18.

Injury Report: Jesse Winchester (concussion) and Peter Regin (shoulder surgery) are on Ottawa's IR
and Ben Bishop is questionable after leaving the game against Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury
following a goal-mouth scramble. Chris Thorburn (lower body) is on Winnipeg's IR while Eric Fehr
(upper body) and Nik Antropov (lower body) are questionable.

Stat Pack: The eight goals Saturday night were a season high for the Sens, who had scored just six
goals in their previous five games. Ottawa last scored eight goals in an 8-4 win in Tampa Bay on
Jan. 24, 2008. Alfredsson also led the way that night, establishing a new team record and career
high with seven points (three goals and four assists).

Puck Drop: If the Jets hope to fight their way into the playoffs, they'll need to improve their
third-period scoring. Their 55 third-period goals rank 27th in the League, a statistic that hurts
even more considering the Jets have allowed 81 goals in the third period this season, the
fourth-highest total in the NHL. That minus-26 differential in third-period scoring ranks only ahead
of Columbus.
Lifted from: Senators @ Jets Preview







HEAD TO HEAD
TeamGPWLOTPP%G/GGA/GPP%PK%S/GSA/GFO%
OTT76382810860.5662.962.8818.781.731.131.850
WPG7535328780.522.632.8418.579.63029.949.1

STARTING GOALIES
GoalieTeamGP GS WL OT SA GA GAA Sv Sv% SO G A PIM TOI
Ondrej PavelecWPG63622826718721712.8317010.90940203,630:55
Craig AndersonOTT58553020617351522.8615830.91230443,188:23

SCORING LEADERS - SENATORS AND JETS
Player TeamPos GP G A P+/- PIM PP SH GW OT S S% TOI/G Sft/G FO%
Jason SpezzaOTTC7531477810321002021614.419:4926.153.9
Erik KarlssonOTTD75195473144230502427.925:14:0027.10
Blake WheelerWPGR73174360114960301859.218:4821.725
Milan MichalekOTTL713323564281013019816.719:3026.416.7
Daniel AlfredssonOTTR702430541216733217313.918:5725.144.4
Evander KaneWPGL67282351947604126410.617:3320.732.6
Dustin ByfuglienWPGD59113647-56840302055.424:00:0025.40
Andrew LaddWPGL75242044-24340402401019:2423.456.1
Nick FolignoOTTL761430441118103013110.714:3420.341.1
Bryan LittleWPGC67222042-220506014415.320:0624.350.8
Kyle WellwoodWPGC731526412430118617.414:5818.353.8
Colin GreeningOTTL76171835-34640001719.915:2921.340
Sergei GoncharOTTD694313514910001253.222:1325.80
Nik AntropovWPGC6413203304040008814.816:2820.643.3
Tobias EnstromWPGD55525305342010865.823:4626.40
Filip KubaOTTD676243026203021748.123:45290
Alexander BurmistrovWPGC69131528336110011311.516:4320.542.2
Tim StapletonWPGC5611152611040316716.410:0614.244.7
Zack SmithOTTC75141125498123012311.414:1421.548.6
Chris NeilOTTR67111425-816920001209.212:5318.50

INJURIES & SCRATCHES
JetsInjury
Eric FehrUpper Body
Nik AntropovLower Body
Chris ThorburnLower Body
SenatorsInjury
Jesse WinchesterConcussion
Peter ReginShoulder surgery
Ben BishopQuestionable - Lower body

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