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Preview: Senators at Jets

Ottawa trying to hold on to second place in Atlantic Division; Winnipeg seeking fourth straight win

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

SENATORS (41-26-9) at JETS (36-35-7)

7 p.m. ET; SN, NHL.TV

 

Senators team scope

The Ottawa Senators are six points behind the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division with one game in hand. After losing 5-1 at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, the Senators' lead for second place is down to two points over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who play at the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Ottawa has two wins in its past nine games (2-4-3). Forward Alexandre Burrows will return after missing one game with an upper-body injury. He said the Senators have to focus on returning to their identity as a defensive-oriented team. "That's when we play well defensively, when we don't give the other team easy scoring chances," Burrows said. "That's when we're tough to play against, when we outwork the other team." Despite their recent struggles, coach Guy Boucher said the mood in the dressing room is the same as it has been all season. "We've got our target," he said. "We've always said it's about making [the playoffs], getting in wherever, whenever, against whoever. We're on target now and we've got to keep that target." Goaltender Mike Condon will start.

 

Jets team scope

The Winnipeg Jets will try to extend their winning streak to four games. Winnipeg is 6-2-0 in its past eight games and will try to keep its momentum going despite being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday. "Last game we had a really hard push in the third period," defenseman Josh Morrissey said of a 4-3 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. "That's what we want to see from our group. Obviously with the situation we are in, we're trying to get better as a group every day and work on the things that make the Winnipeg Jets a better team next year. We've been playing good hockey, our compete level is in the right place. We need to continue that here in the last week." Connor Hellebuyck starts in goal.

 

Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Bobby Ryan

Alexandre Burrows -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Viktor Stalberg -- Chris Kelly -- Tommy Wingels

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Fredrik Claesson -- Jyrki Jokipakka

Mike Condon

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Christopher DiDomenico

Injured: Marc Methot (finger), Chris Neil (finger), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Erik Karlsson (lower body), Zack Smith (lower body)

 

Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Mathieu Perreault -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Brandon Tanev -- Nic Petan -- Chris Thorburn

Julian Melchiori - Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart - Nelson Nogier

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Marko Dano, Brian Strait

Injured: Toby Enstrom (concussion), Tyler Myers (lower body), Ondrej Pavelec (lower body), Shawn Matthias (upper body), Paul Postma (lower body), Ben Chiarot (upper body)

 

Status report

Methot will not play before the end of the regular season, Boucher said. Smith and Karlsson have returned to Ottawa to rehab. … Chiarot is day-to-day but will be pushed harder in practice next week, coach Paul Maurice said. Postma will miss the rest of the season after having hernia surgery Friday. Myers, who has missed 62 games, took part in the first morning skate for the first time since Nov. 11. "It felt pretty good," Myers said. "I'm trying to work as hard as I can to get back for one or two [games] at the end."

 

Who's hot

Hoffman has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in his past 17 games. Turris has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past eight games. … Wheeler has six points (two goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak. Perreault has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. Scheifele has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past nine games.

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