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Game Preview: Jets vs Capitals

The Jets face the Capitals back-to-back at home starting on Thursday night.

Thursday, 21.03.2013 / 7:51 PM / Preview
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CAPITALS (12-16-1) at JETS (16-12-2)

TV: CSN-DC, TSN-JETS

Last 10: Washington 5-5-0; Winnipeg 6-3-1

Season series: The teams have split two meetings to this point, which both club winning in the other's arena. Washington won at MTS Centre 3-0 on March 2.

Big story: These teams play twice in as many nights in Winnipeg -- the Capitals probably need a sweep to foster any fleeting hope about making the playoffs while the Jets can cement their hold on the Southeast Division lead.

Team scope

Capitals: For about four weeks, the Washington Capitals looked like the team many pundits expected them to be. After an abject start, the Capitals went 8-3-0 from Feb. 9 to Mar. 7 and appeared on the verge of being back in the playoff race.

Then came a lost weekend in New York, a three-game losing streak and four games of running in place. The result has left the Capitals in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and nine points back of the Jets in the Southeast. Even a well-played defeat like the one Tuesday in Pittsburgh does nothing for Washington at this point. It is "start a long winning streak time" or else for the Capitals.

Jets: When Winnipeg lost to Washington at MTS earlier this month, it was the sixth defeat in 10 games in a building where the Jets were fantastic last season. After a third-period rally Tuesday against Boston, the Jets have now won three straight at home and have stormed to the top of the division.

Winnipeg still has 11 of its final 18 games at home, and the Jets just went 4-1-1 in a relatively difficult segment of the schedule. They also have 11 of their final 18 against teams currently outside the top eight in the East.

Who's hot: Alex Ovechkin has three goals and an assist in the past four games for Washington after going the three previous contests without a point. Blake Wheeler has three multi-goal games in his past five for Winnipeg.

Injury report: Defensemen John Erskine (upper body), Tomas Kundratek (right leg), Tom Poti (back) are likely out for Washington. Mike Green (groin) told reporters Wednesday he expects to play, but coach Adam Oates would not confirm that. Winnipeg will be without defensemen Tobias Enstrom (shoulder) and Zach Redmond (leg), forwards Jim Slater (upper body) and Anthony Peluso (hand) and backup goaltender Al Montoya (lower body).

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 23 14 4 5 63 56 33
2 VAN 22 15 6 1 67 61 31
3 NSH 21 14 5 2 61 45 30
4 STL 22 14 6 2 59 46 30
5 CGY 24 14 8 2 75 64 30
6 LAK 23 12 6 5 64 53 29
7 CHI 22 13 8 1 66 46 27
8 WPG 24 12 9 3 51 54 27
9 MIN 21 12 9 0 58 48 24
10 SJS 24 10 10 4 62 66 24
11 DAL 22 9 9 4 64 74 22
12 ARI 23 9 11 3 57 71 21
13 COL 23 8 10 5 59 73 21
14 EDM 22 6 14 2 51 77 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 24 8 8 3 16
B. Wheeler 24 8 8 1 16
B. Little 24 8 7 4 15
M. Frolik 24 5 5 4 10
M. Scheifele 24 3 6 3 9
T. Enstrom 22 1 8 -1 9
E. Kane 16 4 4 0 8
D. Byfuglien 24 3 5 -2 8
Z. Bogosian 23 0 8 1 8
J. Trouba 24 2 5 2 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 4 1 1 .947 1.50
O. Pavelec 8 8 2 .919 2.23
 
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