Video: TSN Pre-Game Report
WINNIPEG - Winners of their last three in a row, the Winnipeg Jets look for their first four-game win streak of the season tonight when they host the Ottawa Senators.
The Jets have hit three consecutive wins three times this season, and at 36-35-7, are over .500 for the first time since November.
That 36th win came in Thursday's thrilling come-from-behind overtime win against Anaheim at MTS Centre. The Jets went into the third period trailing 3-1, but outshot the Ducks 17-2 in the final frame before taking the win in extra time.
"That was fun. That's the kind of game that you really enjoy playing in," said Mathieu Perreault. "(We want to) get that good feeling that we had, and bring it to tonight's game."
Video: PREGAME | Mathieu Perreault
In the only other meeting between the Jets and Senators this season, Josh Morrissey scored what proved to be the game-winner early in the third period.
It would come down to a video review right at the buzzer, but the Jets hung on for a 3-2 win.
"The last game against them was a good one, so we expect them to come out hard, and we want to do the same," said Morrissey. "They play a hard game. They're a team that's pushing hard here. They're in a playoff spot right now but they're pushing hard to stay there. They have some speed up front, they have defencemen that can join the play."
Senators captain Erik Karlsson is the first one that comes to mind when thinking of those defencemen joining the play. However, Karlsson did not play in Ottawa's 5-1 loss to Minnesota on Thursday night, and won't again tonight against the Jets.
"You take any leading scorer off any team out, it's different," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "I don't think their team game, what they're trying to do, changes a whole lot. There are things that he will create that aren't necessarily related to all the other five guys. He beats you into the hole. You have to know where he is on the blue line, except he's getting to the middle on the blue line even if you know where he is.
"That part of the skill level, that high end opportunity comes out, that they don't get. I don't think that what they're trying to do as a team changes by taking that part of the skill level out. They'll play a real solid defensive game, not give you a whole lot in the neutral zone, be real tight in their own end, (and) make the most of the turnovers you give them."
Video: PREGAME | Josh Morrissey
Ottawa held an optional morning skate at MTS Centre today, but head coach Guy Boucher announced Mike Condon (19-12-6, 0.916 save percentage) will start in goal, and Alexandre Burrows will return after missing Thursday's game against Minnesota.
Connor Hellebuyck (24-19-4, 0.905 save percentage) was the first goaltender off the ice at the Jets skate, and is expected to start for Winnipeg.
Puck drop is set for 6 pm CT on Sportsnet and TSN 1290.
Video: INJURY UPDATE | Tyler Myers
Tyler Myers took part in today's pre-game skate, the first time the tall defenceman has done so since Jan. 2, 2017.
Myers has missed 62 games since sustaining a lower-body injury on Nov. 11, and has also dealt with a personal family matter away from the arena since 2017 began.
Skating with the team today was a step toward the 27-year-old's goal of playing before the end of the regular season.
"I'm trying to work as hard as I can for one or two at the end," said Myers. "It's been a tough year, but I'm finally starting to feel better. I'm excited about that. It's definitely tough watching. It was good to get on the ice with the guys again."
Maurice says he won't put Myers in the line-up if he's not 100 per cent, and said the final decision will come down to two things.
"The injury, and the conditioning and game readiness. We'd give a little on the conditioning and game readiness. If the injury was solid and he felt confident, we'd like to get him in a game," said Maurice. "He's been in the league a long time. He's certainly dealt with this for an entire year. He's the guy that's going to make this call at the end. If it happens, it'll likely be the last game or the last two."
Video: PREGAME | Paul Maurice
Maurice also announced that Paul Postma will have surgery to repair a lower-body injury that has kept him out of the line-up since Mar. 16.
"Paul is going to have surgery on hernias on both sides. He had it, played as long as he could. We're not shutting him down because we're out of it. He played up until the point he couldn't play anymore," said Maurice. "Some of these you operate on, some you don't. We gave it a week to calm down, then saw some surgeons, we felt that was the best approach. It's somewhere between a four, six, or eight weeks depending on how he heals."
Ben Chiarot continues to recover from an upper-body injury that has held him out of the past six games. The defenceman also took part in the morning skate today, paired with Tyler Myers.
"Ben is cleared from the medical point of view. He has to get cleared in terms of how hard we push him on the ice," said Maurice. "I'm inclined for the next week to push him really hard on the ice each day, and see how he feels the next day. I'm not looking to squeeze him back in the line-up."
- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
JETS GAME NOTES
The Winnipeg Jets host the Ottawa Senators tonight at MTS Centre for the only time this season…It's the last game the Jets have against a fellow Canadian team…Winnipeg has yet to defeat the Senators at MTS Centre in six attempts over the previous five years…Winnipeg came back from a 3-1 deficit in the third period to beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime on Thursday…Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and two assists for the Jets, while Nikolaj Ehlers had two assists and Mark Scheifele scored the game winner in Winnipeg's third consecutive win…Ottawa lost 5-1 to the Minnesota Wild Thursday night and enter tonight's game on a three-game losing streak…After tonight's game, the Jets play their last two road games of the season against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday and Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday next week.
Fly the W
Thursday's win improved Winnipeg to 6-2-1 in their last nine games, giving the Jets a tie for the eighth-best record in the NHL since Mar. 13…The Jets have won back-to-back overtime/shootout games for the first time since Feb. 14-16, 2014.
The Jets have now won back-to-back games after trailing 3-1 in each game…The Jets have seven wins this season when trailing going into the third period, which is tied for third in the NHL…Last season the Jets only had three wins when trailing after the second period.
With a 36-35-7 record, the Jets are above .500 for the first time since Nov. 17…Thursday night was the 15th time this season the Jets entered a game with a .500 record…However, Winnipeg is only 2-11-2 this season in games in which they have a .500 record…The Jets have yet to rise two games above .500 at any point this season.
Special Teams Notes
- The Jets are 8-for-32 (25.0%) on the power play in their last nine games.
- The Jets are 8-for-9 (88.9%) on the penalty kill in their last three games.
- Winnipeg has been shorthanded the most in the NHL this season at 265 times.
- The Jets have been shorthanded 88 times in the third period this season, which is the most in the league.
One Man Armi
Joel Armia scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season on Thursday against Anaheim…He has more shorthanded goals than 11 NHL teams this season…His four shorthanded goals this season has moved into a tie with Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane, Colin Stuart, Andy Sutton, and Rich Peverley for seventh place on the franchise all-time shorthanded goals list in only 97 games…He's tied for second in the NHL with Zach Smith and Zach Hyman for shorthanded goals…Armia also scored a shorthanded goal against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, giving him goals of any kind in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
Captain Blake Wheeler is on a four-game point streak (2g, 4a)…With 69 points (24g, 45a) this season, Wheeler is one point away from reaching 70 points in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career…Since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011, Wheeler leads the team in scoring with 382 points (139g, 243a) in 449 games and is the only player to surpass 300 points since that time.
Hutch is Hot
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson is 4-1-0 with a .938 save percentage in his last five games, four of which have been starts…He's allowed two goals or less in four of his last five appearances.
Scheifs Stays Hot
With his overtime winning goal on Thursday, Mark Scheifele has a point in 16 of his last 20 games (5g, 20a)…The goal was his 30th of the season and 78th point, which moves him into a tie with Blake Wheeler, who had 78 points last season, for the most points in a season by a Jets player since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season…Vyacheslav Kozlov's 80 points during the 2006-07 season is the last time in franchise history a player reached 80 points in a season.
Jets vs. Senators All-Time Records
At MTS Centre: 0-6-0