Jets vs Flames Preview (Feb 11, 2021)
After a road game in Calgary against the Flames Tuesday night, the Winnipeg Jets are back home at BellMTS Place to host the Ottawa Senators. The Jets will also play Ottawa Saturday night here in Winnipeg and that will conclude a total of 9 games played at home out of 10. After taking 2 games in a row on home ice for the subsequent time this season, the Jets are 5-2-1 at BellMTS Place. Winnipeg will look to only improve on their home record, already beating the Senators all 3 times they’ve met, leaving them undefeated against Ottawa. Dating back to the 2019-2020 season, Winnipeg looks to extend a five-game winning streak against Ottawa.
The Jets come out hot against this Senators roster. In the three meetings between these 2 clubs, the Jets outscoring the Sens 14-7. It seems playing against each other so often does intensify the style play. A total of 86 PIM’s have been handed out in the 3 games so far. 38 out of 94 of Winnipegs penalty minutes are against Ottawa.
Leading the Jets in points against the Sens is Mark Scheifele with 7 points (2G, 5A). Scheifele will look to continue his point steak and make it 5 games in a row. With 2 goals and 3 assists, he looks to take the momentum from his last 4 games into tonight’s contest.
Nikolai Ehlers has 3 goals against Ottawa.
With 11 points against Ottawa in his last 4 games, Kyle Connor is highly touted to add to his 4 goals and 7 assists.
On top of all that, the goaltending from Winnipeg has been superb against Ottawa. Both netminders for Winnipeg hold a combined record of 9-1-1 in their careers so far versus the Sens, Connor Hellybuyck being undefeated.
Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler will look to pass Bryan Little’s 217 goals for second place in scoring for the Jets organization.
Tuesday night’s loss against the Flames, saw both teams score twice in the second period to make the third interesting, but a late penalty cost the Jets the road victory. Winnipeg will need to stay out of the sin-bin, particularly late in the game, in order to secure more victories.
Scratched: Sami Niku, Anton Forsberg, Kristian Vesalainen
Injured: Nate Thompson (LBI), Jansen Harkins (D2D LBI)
COVID-19 protocol: Pierre-Luc Dubois
GO JETS GO!
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