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Game Preview: Jets @ Sens

The Jets are in Ottawa for the second half of the back-to-back against the Senators (14-8-6), Sunday night.

Sunday, 03.17.2013 / 3:36 PM CT / Preview
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Game Preview: Jets @ Sens
The last time these clubs met, the Winnipeg Jets ended the Ottawa Senators\' six-game home points streak.\r\n\r\nThe Southeast Division-leading Jets can do that again.\r\n\r\nWinnipeg will also go for its first seven-game points streak in six seasons on Sunday when it faces a Senators club that could tie a league record for consecutive one-goal games

The last time these clubs met, the Winnipeg Jets ended the Ottawa Senators' six-game home points streak.

The Southeast Division-leading Jets can do that again.

Winnipeg will also go for its first seven-game points streak in six seasons on Sunday when it faces a Senators club that could tie a league record for consecutive one-goal games.

After the visiting Senators (14-8-6) spoiled their season opener with a 4-1 victory on Jan. 19, the Jets (15-11-2) won 1-0 on Feb. 9 - their second consecutive shutout in Ottawa - behind backup Al Montoya's 33 saves and a goal from Alexei Ponikarovsky.

That is the Senators' only regulation home loss. They are 9-1-3 at Scotiabank Place.

Winnipeg arrives on a season-best 5-0-1 points streak after defenseman Zach Bogosian scored in the 10th round of the shootout in Saturday's 5-4 victory over Toronto.

The victory - the team's season high-tying third straight - moved Winnipeg one point ahead of Carolina for first place in the division and into third in the Eastern Conference.

"We've played well of late - our group is really coming together nice," said coach Claude Noel, whose team last won four straight from Dec. 1-9, 2011. "... We're happy we're at the top, at least for the time being, and puts a big price on that game tomorrow."

Winnipeg gets a chance for its first seven-game points streak since a 6-0-1 stretch from Nov. 22-Dec. 5, 2006.

The Senators, though, are 5-0-1 against visiting teams since that loss to the Jets.

Ottawa will play at home for just the second time in nine games after winning 4-3 in OT at Buffalo on Saturday.

Kyle Turris, the team leader with seven goals and 17 points, found the back of the net twice, including the game-winner, and set up a goal to help the Senators rally from a 2-0 first-period deficit.

Ottawa has now played in 11 consecutive one-goal games - one shy of Chicago's NHL record in 1997-98 - with seven of those being decided after regulation.

"We don't like playing 60 minutes," goaltender Ben Bishop joked after making 33 saves in his first start in four games. "We like to play a lot longer than that so it's a big win, a big road win."

Bishop, who stopped 36 shots in last month's loss to Winnipeg, may have earned a second career start against the Jets. If not, Robin Lehner will face them for the first time. He's 1-0-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average since being called up from AHL last month when Craig Anderson suffered an ankle injury.

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who missed the Feb. 9 game with the flu, has lost four consecutive starts against Ottawa after getting beat by Turris, Chris Neil, Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek in the season opener.

Karlsson (Achilles'), Michalek (lower-body) and Jason Spezza (back) are all sidelined, but the Senators are getting good production from defenseman Sergei Gonchar and Patrick Wiercioch. Gonchar has eight assists during a six-game points streak, while all four of Wiercioch's goals have come in the last four games.

Nik Antropov, Dustin Byfuglien, who scored the Jets' lone goal on Jan. 19, Blake Wheeler and captain Andrew Ladd all have a team-best seven points during Winnipeg's points streak.

Ottawa's last seven-game home points streak came during a seven-game win streak from Jan. 19-Feb. 11, 2010.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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