JETS (1-3-1) at SENATORS (1-5-0)
TV: TSN-Jets; SNET-Ottawa
Season series : It's the first meeting between the teams this season, and the Jets' first visit to Canada's capital since relocating from Atlanta this past summer. The teams split four games last season, with both of Ottawa's losses coming after regulation.
Big story: There's trouble in Ottawa, where the Senators have lost five of their first six games, have yet to win in regulation and have been shelled for seven goals in each of their last two home games -- including a 7-2 blitz by the Flyers on Tuesday that was followed by a 15-minute players-only meeting. After losing their first three games, the Jets beat Pittsburgh 2-1 at home on Monday night and led 3-1 after 40 minutes in Toronto on Wednesday, only to surrender a pair of third-period goals before losing 4-3 in a shootout,
Jets: The Jets were less than a period away from their first road win before giving up power-play goals by Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel in a 27-second span and then losing in the shootout.
The Jets' top picks in each of the last two years, Alexander Burmistrov and Mark Scheifele, had goals in the second period to put the Jets ahead 3-1 before third-period penalty problems wound up costing Winnipeg a point.
"I felt great, I we think we played a great game for the first two periods, great defensively and we did a great job on the PK in the first two periods," goaltender Ondrej Pavelec said. "In the third, Toronto is a great team and if you give them chances they are going to do it. If you go to the penalty box twice in two minutes, that's going to hurt you -- and that's the thing that killed us in the third."
Senators : If there's been a silver lining to the Senators' slow start, it's been the offensive production of third-year defenseman Eric Karlsson. Ottawa's first-round pick (No. 15) in 2008 is tied for the League lead with seven assists, and his eight points are one shy of the League lead. Still, he has no expectations of putting up Bobby Orr-like scoring numbers.
"It's six games," a grinning Karlsson told the team's website grin following practice on Wednesday. "I know I can't keep up this pace for the rest of the season. It's going to be really, really tough. I'm still going to do the best I can to help the team and if I can put up points, it's great for everybody."
Who's hot: Burmistrov, the franchise's top pick in 2010, has three points in the last two games. Scheifele's goal was his first in the NHL. … Milan Michalek leads the Senators with three goals; he and linemate Jason Spezza are tops with five points.
Injury report: Winnipeg defenseman Ron Hainsey (upper body) didn't play Wednesday and is day-to-day. Forward Eric Fehr is on injured reserve as he recovers from shoulder surgery. … Ottawa defenseman Sergei Gonchar (bruised foot) missed Tuesday's game but should be ready to go, which should boost the struggling power play. Forward Jesse Winchester, sidelined since injuring his shoulder in training camp, is taking back in all aspects of practice and is day-to-day.
Stat pack: Karlsson is on pace to shatter the single-season franchise record for points by a defenseman -- 62 by Norm Maciver, set during the franchise's inaugural season of 1992-93. He had 13 goals and 45 points in 75 games last season. … Not counting their two ties, the Jets' franchise and the Senators have played six games decided after regulation -- and Ottawa has lost all six.
Puck drop: Senators coach Paul MacLean isn't going to throw his goaltenders under the bus, even though Craig Anderson (1-2-0, 4.99 GAA, .852 save percentage) and Alex Auld (0-3-0, 4.88, .830) have been shelled.
"It's so easy to say it's the goalie's fault," MacLean said after Wednesday's practice. "I'm not going there. This is a team. This has nothing to do with one guy. This is the Ottawa Senators players and coaches. We need everyone to have a game."
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