Senators-Jets Preview

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.