The Winnipeg Jets are in the midst of their final road trip of the year. Tonight, they visit the Ottawa Senators who have proved they can win on any given night.
For the first time since the Winnipeg Jets have moved here from Atlanta, the team has lost six games in a row. It goes without saying, but something has to change before it’s too late.
These two teams have met a total of eight times, with the Winnipeg Jets winning the first four games and the teams have split the last four. Three of the past four games were decided by one goal.
A claim that only four other teams in the National Hockey League can make is having 3 three players with 19 goals or more on their roster, the Jets being one of those four (Mark Scheifele has 19, Nikolaj Ehlers has 21, and Kyle Connor has 22).
Derek Forbort is ranked fifth in the league with 101 blocked shots. Between Forbort and Pionk’s solid play, and the reinsertion of Logan Stanley, the Jets should look fairly strong on the defensive side.
Adam Lowry is slated to be in tonight’s lineup as well, filling the hole no other Jet seemed capable of whilst he was absent. Here’s hoping he’s feeling a hundred percent, as his physical play is something the Jets have been sorely missing.
Tonight’s probable starting goalie Laurent Brossoit has played two games versus Ottawa this season going 2-0-0 with a save percentage of .929 and a 2.47 GAA.
Currently in third place in the Scotia North Division with 57 points, The Winnipeg Jets trail the Toronto Maple Leafs by 14 points and the Edmonton Oilers by 5. At best, the Jets can close out the season in second place. Winnipeg is leading the Montreal Canadiens by two points for fourth place. Only one out of the Jets’ six remaining games will be against a team that also currently holds a playoff position.
GO JETS GO!