The Winnipeg Jets’ trip didn’t end like they wanted, but the
club has plenty of opportunities to get back on track at home.
The Ottawa Senators, meanwhile, are hoping to build some
momentum as they open another stretch on the road.
The Jets will try to extend their season-high home winning
streak to four on Tuesday night when they host the Senators.
Trying to extend its season-high point streak to six, Winnipeg
(9-10-4) lost 4-2 at Boston on Saturday to cap off a 1-1-1 trip. It
was a missed opportunity for the Jets, who led 2-0 midway through
the opening period on goals by Evander Kane and Dustin
“In the second (period) we stopped playing at all and gave them
the chance to come back and tie the game and overall it wasn’t that
bad a game – on the road, against Boston, we did a pretty good
job,” Ondrej Pavelec said after making 32 saves. “It’s all the
little details and we got to be better.”
The power play needs improvement after going 0 for 7 on the
trip, yet the Jets have converted 6 for 15 chances with the man
advantage and outscored opponents 15-7 during their home winning
Kane, who has five goals and two assist in the last six games,
is tied with Byfuglien and center Kyle Wellwood for a team-best
five points during that run at the MTS Centre.
While Winnipeg opens a stretch of five straight and 13 of 15 at
home, the Senators (11-10-4) are on the road again following
Sunday’s 4-3 victory over Carolina. Back from a 3-2-1 trip, Ottawa
avoided a third straight loss as Craig Anderson turned aside 34
shots and the team killed seven of eight penalties.
“Any time you follow a loss like that (6-3 at Pittsburgh on
Friday) with a win at home, it’s a big boost for us getting on the
plane tonight,” coach Paul MacLean said.
Senators center Jason Spezza has to feel good to begin this
three-game trip after snapping an 11-game goal scoring drought –
his longest since 2005-06 – with two on Sunday, including the 200th
of his career.
“It’s been a while since I scored so they usually come in
bunches for me,” he said. “It was nice to get my 200th out of the
way. It’s obviously a big accomplishment and something to be proud
of, so hopefully there’s more to come.”
The Senators, outscored 27-15 in the opening 20 minutes this
season, could use more first-period production from Spezza, who
found the back of the net 55 seconds into Sunday’s game.
Ottawa trailed Winnipeg following Byfuglien’s first-period goal
Oct. 20, but it rallied for a 4-1 home win. Spezza had a goal and
two assists and Milan Michalek beat Pavelec twice and set up a
score to help the Senators improve to 3-0-2 in this matchup
following three straight losses.
The Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise last won four in a row at
home during a 6-0-0 stretch from Nov. 19-Dec. 6, 2010.