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At the Rink: Jets at Senators

by Chris Stevenson /

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators will try to improve their home play Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN3, RDS2, TSN5).

The Senators are 1-3-2 at Canadian Tire Centre but 5-1-0 on the road.

"Our emotion has to be a little better here," Senators forward Bobby Ryan said. "We've got to come out with a little more enthusiasm. We feel like when we've watched the first shifts they're in our end right away.

"I think tonight it's going to be as simple as winning a faceoff and getting down and playing in their end for the first 30 seconds of the game as opposed to chasing right out of the gate."

Said Senators forward Mike Hoffman, "It's not like we prepare differently at home or on the road. Everyone comes in here and they're trying to do everything they can and work their hardest out there. It's just sometimes the stat thing is a little bit of a fluke."

Staying out of the penalty box could help. They are the most penalized team in the League with an average of 13:24 in penalty time per game. They have been assessed 58 minor penalties, tied with the Jets for second-most in the League.

Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators. They will be without forward Mark Stone, who is serving the second game of a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Landon Ferraro on Oct. 31.

The Jets, who defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Wednesday, did not skate Thursday. Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 24 saves against the Maple Leafs. With the back-to-back situation there's a chance goaltender Michael Hutchinson will get the start against the Senators.

Winnipeg is playing the final game of a four-game Eastern road trip during which it has gone 2-1-0.

Coach Paul Maurice told the Jets website Thursday he wants his players to pick up where they left off against the Maple Leafs.

"We learned our game on the road last year in November," he said. "I just want to see us look tonight the way we did last night in a lot of our approach, then the outcomes of the games are going to fall the right way whether you're at home or on the road."

Here are the projected lineups:


Andrew Ladd - Bryan Little - Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault - Mark Scheifele - Nikolaj Ehlers

Alexander Burmistrov - Adam Lowry - Drew Stafford

Chris Thorburn - Nic Petan - Anthony Peluso

Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien

Ben Chiarot - Tyler Myers

Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba

Michael Hutchinson

Ondrej Pavelec

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back), Andrew Copp (upper body)

Scratched: Adam Pardy, Paul Postma, Patrice Cormier.


Mike Hoffman - Kyle Turris - Curtis Lazar

Shane Prince - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Milan Michalek - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Alex Chiasson

Matt Puempel - Zack Smith - Chris Neil

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci

Jared Cowen - Mark Borowiecki

Craig Anderson

Andrew Hammond

Injured: Chris Phillips (back), Clarke MacArthur (concussion)

Scratched: Chris Wideman

Suspended: Mark Stone

Status report: Senators coach Dave Cameron said he would be going with the same lineup which defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in overtime Tuesday.

Who's hot: Turris has four goals and an assist during a four-game point streak. … Scheifele has one goal and one assist in his past two games.

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