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JNGD.79 Flight Plan: Jets Road Trip Continues In Ottawa

It’s the last week of games in the NHL regular season and your Winnipeg Jets will be using it as a series of tune up games as they get ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs against four different non-playoff bound teams. First up on the docket are the Ottawa Senators.

Winnipeg Jets (48-20-10)
@
Ottawa Senators (27-40-11)

April 2, 2018 – Puck drop: 6:30 PM CST
Canadian Tire Centre – Kanata, ON.
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Recently for the Jets…

The Jets will have just as much of a challenge of staying interested in these last handful of games and staying healthy in them more than anything else they’ll deal with this week. They had a nice rebound game on Saturday against Toronto where they didn’t dominate, but they did smother the Maple Leafs with strong physical play. Another challenge that will be posed to the Jets is finding a balance between being the right amount of snarly and intense, but not so much that players burn out before next week. One thing the Jets will be looking more for that they haven’t had the last few games is scoring from their top lines as Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler, Paul Stastny and Mathieu Perreault have all been on various slumps that they’d like to snap out of this week.

Recently for the Senators…

Ottawa has lost seven of their last eight games in what has been an absolute mess of a season where their owner has talked about moving the club and moving the one superstar player that makes attending Sens games even worth attending, so much so that there is speculation that this could be Erik Karlsson’s last home game in Ottawa which is just absolute insanity. The Sens do have some decent young players that will get looks in this game like forwards Colin White and defenseman Thomas Chabot who are both 21 years old and seeing duty on the top line and top pairing. Beyond that though, the Sens are just playing out the string and going through the motions.

Recently between both teams…

Winnipeg won their last game against the Senators back on December 3 with a 5-0 win in Winnipeg. In that game, the Jets had three power play goals. The Jets have a three game winning streak against Ottawa.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.6#16 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 81.3#12 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 82.2#4 RW

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 76.7#20 LW

Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY

Rating: 74.7#61 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 83.5#2 RW

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 75.6#49 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 75.0#56 C

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 72.3#53 RW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 70.7#171 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.9#76 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.1#84 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.6#74 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 78.1#21 RD

Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 72.6#111 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 80.1#12 RD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.5#173 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.2#48 RD

GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 73.5#25 G1

Eric Comrie
ERIC COMRIE

Rating: 71.1#41 G2

Ottawa Senators Lines

LW C RW
Ryan Dzingel
RYAN DZINGEL

Rating: 71.6#74 LW

Matt Duchene
MATT DUCHENE

Rating: 76.7#38 C

Bobby Ryan
BOBBY RYAN

Rating: 73.8#36 RW

Mike Hoffman
MIKE HOFFMAN

Rating: 76.5#22 LW

Jean-Gabriel Pageau
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU

Rating: 72.6#103 C

Tom Pyatt
TOM PYATT

Rating: 69.1#205 RW

Magnus Paajarvi
MAGNUS PAAJARVI

Rating: 71.1#87 LW

Zack Smith
ZACK SMITH

Rating: 71.0#156 C

Colin White
COLIN WHITE

Rating: 68.6#219 RW

Max McCormick
MAX MCCORMICK

Rating: 69.9#112 LW

Filip Chlapik
FILIP CHLAPIK

Rating: 71.9#122 C

Alexandre Burrows
ALEXANDRE BURROWS

Rating: 69.1#121 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Thomas Chabot
THOMAS CHABOT

Rating: 70.2#221 LD

Erik Karlsson
ERIK KARLSSON

Rating: 81.5#6 RD

Mark Borowiecki
MARK BOROWIECKI

Rating: 68.5#252 LD

Cody Ceci
CODY CECI

Rating: 70.4#217 RD

Christian Wolanin
CHRISTIAN WOLANIN

Rating: 72.0#137 LD

Fredrik Claesson
FREDRIK CLAESSON

Rating: 70.6#212 RD

GOALIES
Mike Condon
MIKE CONDON

Rating: 68.1#60 G1

Craig Anderson
CRAIG ANDERSON

Rating: 71.3#39 G2

Gameday prediction

The Jets still have a little bit left to play for – second place in the West and even a faint hope of first in the Central division – and it’s unlikely they want to go into the playoffs with losses to non-playoff teams so they should come out motivated enough. Jets win 3-1.


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  • Now is the time for the Jets to rest Wheeler, Buff, Ehlers, Scheifele, Morrissey, Myers, Helly, Stastny, Laine, Little and Connor. They have young, soon to be NHL ready replacements that can be fitted into the lineup for the last 4 games. It will be good to see Roslovic, Niku,(who is in the lineup tonight ), Robinson, Petan, Harkins, Lemieux and Spacek get rewarded and put into a couple of games to expose them what is expected playing at the NHL level. The Jets are playing non playoff teams so it wouldn’t be like they are playing teams fighting for a playoff spot.