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Three Storylines Heading into Jets Matchup Against Senators

Following a horrendous finish to April, which featured a six-game losing streak, there probably isn’t anyone happier to see the calendar change to May than the Winnipeg Jets, who haven’t won a game since Apr. 15 and will be looking to end that drought against the Ottawa Senators.

Unfortunately for Winnipeg, this current slide has caused them to drop down to third place in the North Division, positioning this team just two points ahead of the Montreal Canadiens. But if they don’t turn things around fairly quickly, they could drop down to fourth place, likely forcing them to face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round of the 2021 playoffs.

Here are three storylines that could impact the Jets’ ninth game of the regular season against the Senators:

1. Adam Lowry Returns From Four-Game Absence 

After suffering a head injury on Apr. 22 against the Maple Leafs, forward Adam Lowry missed the next four games and his departure from the lineup is definitely one of the major reasons for the Jets’ current losing streak. But after being a full participant in Sunday’s practice, the 28-year-old is now ready to make his return and will skate alongside teammates Andrew Copp and Mason Appleton, who were previously paired with center Mark Scheifele.

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With Lowry rejoining the third line, wingers Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler will both return to the top line, skating alongside Scheifele. As for the club’s second line, forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois and Mathieu Perreault will remain paired together and they’ll be joined by veteran Paul Stastny, who’s expected to return to the wing.

2. Logan Stanley Draws Back into Lineup

Since defenseman Jordie Benn has played each of the last three games, rookie Logan Stanley has been forced to serve as a healthy scratch during that same span, although coach Paul Maurice revealed the young blueliner will suit up for Monday’s contest against the Senators. Set to appear in his first game since Apr. 24, the towering 6′ 7″ defenseman will return to his regular spot alongside veteran Dylan DeMelo on the third defensive pairing.

While Benn has performed respectably over the last three games, producing five blocks, two hits and a +2 rating, he’s been on the ice for 17 scoring chances allowed in those same contests and hasn’t earned a regular role in the lineup just yet. With that in mind, this matchup against Ottawa would be the perfect time for Stanley to convince Winnipeg’s coaching staff he deserves additional playing time down the stretch and heading into the playoffs as well.

3. Connor Hellebuyck Earns Much-Needed Break, Laurent Brossoit Starting in Goal

Considering goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has started each of the last seven games, posting a 3.99 goals-against average and a .874 save percentage during that stretch, there’s no question he deserves somewhat of a breather, especially since he’s been left out to dry numerous times during this six-game losing streak. With the 2019-20 Vezina Trophy winner earning the night off Monday, backup Laurent Brossoit will be making just his 10th start of the season and his first since Apr. 14.

Despite receiving very little playing time this season, Brossoit has performed far beyond his expectations up to this point, as he’s recorded a 2.39 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout through 12 games. In particular against the Senators, the 28-year-old has won both of his starts against them in 2021, creating a 2.47 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage during those showdowns.

Lineups:

Winnipeg Jets:

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LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 79.5#5 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 76.8#19 C

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Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 76.3#22 RW

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Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY

Rating: 74.8#36 LW

Pierre-Luc Dubois
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS

Rating: 74.6#38 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 71.1#96 RW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.5#60 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 69.2#149 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 69.5#123 RW

Kristian Vesalainen
KRISTIAN VESALAINEN
Nate Thompson
NATE THOMPSON

Rating: 69.4#145 C

Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS

Rating: 70.1#114 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.1#29 LD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 71.6#74 RD

Derek Forbort
DEREK FORBORT

Rating: 70.5#109 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 75.3#20 RD

Logan Stanley
LOGAN STANLEY
Dylan DeMelo
DYLAN DEMELO

Rating: 71.8#69 RD

Ottawa Senators: 

LW C RW
Brady Tkachuk
BRADY TKACHUK

Rating: 75.0#27 LW

Josh Norris
JOSH NORRIS
Drake Batherson
DRAKE BATHERSON
Tim Stützle
TIM STÜTZLE
Colin White
COLIN WHITE

Rating: 70.3#129 C

Evgenii Dadonov
EVGENII DADONOV

Rating: 73.1#53 RW

Ryan Dzingel
RYAN DZINGEL

Rating: 70.2#117 LW

Shane Pinto
SHANE PINTO
Connor Brown
CONNOR BROWN

Rating: 72.6#66 RW

Alex Formenton
ALEX FORMENTON
Chris Tierney
CHRIS TIERNEY

Rating: 72.2#77 C

Nick Paul
NICK PAUL

Rating: 71.2#105 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Thomas Chabot
THOMAS CHABOT

Rating: 74.5#23 LD

Nikita Zaitsev
NIKITA ZAITSEV

Rating: 70.5#97 RD

Erik Brannstrom
ERIK BRANNSTROM
Artem Zub
ARTEM ZUB
Victor Mete
VICTOR METE

Rating: 72.2#70 LD

Josh Brown
JOSH BROWN

Where to Watch/Listen:

The puck will drop at 6 pm CT and be available on TSN 3 along with 680 CJOB – don’t you dare miss it!