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Lowry returns, Stanley draws in, and much more!

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV /


Adam Lowry returns to the lineup for his first game since suffering and upper body injury on April 22 against the Leafs. He will return to centering the third line with Andrew Copp and Mason Appleton and of course, his top forward pairing on the PK with Copp. Winnipeg has allowed four power play goals in their last two games and that has played a role in the losing streak reaching six games.

Lowry's return also means that Jansen Harkins will come out of the lineup and Kristian Vesalainen will play on the left side with Nate Thompson and Trevor Lewis.


Paul Maurice will reunite his top line of Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler which looked to be inevitable heading into the playoffs. He knows what to expect from the trio and is hoping it will get Scheifele (1 goal in his last four games) and Connor (1 goal in his last five games) back on track offensively. Wheeler will put his three-game point streak on the line tonight in Ottawa. Scheifele, Wheeler and Connor will also form a portion of the Jets top power play unit with Paul Stastny and Neal Pionk.


Logan Stanley will get another look on the blue line tonight alongside Dylan DeMelo. Jordie Benn played the previous three games on the left side on the Jets third defence pairing. The rookie defenceman has been really good at getting pucks to the net and his size has been helpful most nights.


The Jets have lost six consecutive games in regulation for the first time since the relocation in 2011. It's the longest losing streak since Jan. 19-Feb. 2/06 when the Atlanta Thrashers lost seven games in a row. The Jets are 11-6-2 this season in games following losses in regulation. 


Ottawa was officially eliminated from postseason play thanks to their overtime loss on Saturday to the Montreal Canadiens. Winnipeg beat the Sens in their first four meetings but have split the last four. There is no question the Sens future is bright, and they have played the Jets tight recently and it will be a real fast game in the nation's capital this evening.

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