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Ottawa has lost seven of past nine; Byfuglien out for Winnipeg

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

SENATORS (21-31-5) at JETS (36-19-3) 

7 p.m. ET; TVAS, SN360, SN1, NHL.TV


The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will be without defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Joe Morrow when they host the Ottawa Senators at Bell MTS Place on Saturday.

Byfuglien and Morrow each sustained a lower-body injury in a 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. 

Goalie Laurent Brossoit will start for Winnipeg, which is 2-3-1 in its past six games and has scored two goals or fewer in four of them. 

Goalie Anders Nilsson will start for the Senators, who have lost two straight and seven of their past nine games (2-7-0).


Players to watch

Senators forward Matt Duchene has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past five games and 17 points (11 goals and six assists) in his past 15. games 

Jets forward Mark Scheifele has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past three games and 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in his past 18.


They said it

"Let's say it hasn't been our best place to play in the past two years. It's been our worst by a country mile. We've looked horrible here. We're aware of that and we want to do better." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher on his team, which has been outscored 9-2 in its past two games at Bell MTS Place

"He's very confident with the puck and, offensively, he kind of slows things down. On the offensive blue line, he's got some wiggle to his game and some nice poise with the puck on the offensive blue line, which is rare for a young guy." -- Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot on Sami Niku


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Colin White -- Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan

Zack Smith -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Magnus Paajarvi

Chris Tierney -- Rudolfs Balcers -- Darren Archibald

Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo

Maxime Lajoie -- Cody Ceci

Ben Harpur -- Christian Jaros

Anders Nilsson

Filip Gustavsson

Scratched: Cody Goloubef

Injured: Mikkel Boedker (undisclosed), Craig Anderson (eye), Mark Borowiecki (lower body)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Patrik Laine -- Bryan Little -- Jack Roslovic

Mathieu Perreault -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Brendan Lemieux -- Andrew Copp -- Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Sami Niku

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Laurent Brossoit

Connor Hellebuyck

Scratched: Nic Petan

Injured: Nikolaj Ehlers (upper body), Joe Morrow (lower body), Dustin Byfuglien (lower body)


Status report

Coach Paul Maurice said it's likely Byfuglien will return at Colorado on Wednesday. Morrow will be out 2-3 weeks...... Kulikov will return to the lineup after missing three games with an upper-body injury. The Jets recalled Niku from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Friday, who will play. ... Borowiecki will be out at least a week. ... Anderson could return against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday.


Stat pack

Stone has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past five games. … Tierney has five assists in a four-game point streak. … The Jets are 0-for-17 on the power play in their past six games. … Laine has three assists in his past 11 games and does not have a goal in 13 games.

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