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Preview: Jets at Senators

Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan out indefinitely; Winnipeg aims to extend point streak to four games

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (27-29-5) at SENATORS (31-19-6)

5 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN5, TSN3, NHL.TV

 

Jets team scope

The Winnipeg Jets will attempt to extend their point streak to four games. They're 2-0-1 in their past three following a 3-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. "It's a continuation," coach Paul Maurice said. "We've had three really, really strong games, and more of the same [Saturday]. They're almost identical games that we've played, really strong with our gap, not giving the other team a whole lot, and getting enough offense. The time of year says you're probably not going to see the 7-6 games anymore and you're going to get into the 2-1 games, and we were comfortable with that." The Jets (59 points) are three points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference held by the Calgary Flames, who have two games in hand. 

 

Senators team scope

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan is out indefinitely pending further evaluation after injuring his right index finger when he was hit by a puck during a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Coach Guy Boucher will play 11 forwards and seven defensemen. The Senators are 9-4-2 in their past 15 games and can take over first place in the Atlantic Division with a win. Goalie Mike Condon, coming off a 21-save shutout against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, will start. One area the Senators will be looking to improve is the power play. They're 23rd in the NHL at 16.9 percent and 28th on home ice (13.7 percent). Forward Mark Stone had an NHL career-high five points (one goal, four assists) in a 6-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

 

Jets projected lineup

Mathieu Perreault -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Blake Wheeler

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Chris Thorburn -- Nic Petan -- Brandon Tanev

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Julian Melchior

Injured: Drew Stafford (illness), Tyler Myers (lower body), Ondrej Pavelec (lower body), Toby Enstrom (lower body), Andrew Copp (upper body), Marko Dano (lower body)

 

Senators projected lineup 

Ryan Dzingel -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Zack Smith -- Kyle Turris -- Mike Hoffman

Chris Kelly -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Curtis Lazar -- Tommy Wingels

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson 

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Fredrik Claesson

Mike Condon

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Chris Neil

Injured: Clarke MacArthur (concussion) , Bobby Ryan (finger)

 

Status report

Senators coach Guy Boucher could make a change on the fourth line with Lazar going in for Neil.

 

Who's hot

Laine has five goals and an assist in a three game point streak. … Scheifele has five assists in his past three games. ... Karlsson has a goal and four assists in a four-game point streak. … Stone has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past nine games.

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