Ottawa (14-8-6) lost their last meeting with the Jets by a close margin of 1-0. Ottawa was able to finally win a close game last night, and maybe it could be a sign of things to come. Winnipeg (15-11-2) currently leads the Southeast Division and sits third in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has loved playing at home this season as a record of 9-1-3 shows that the Sens like to play in front of their home crowd.
On St.Patty’s day, Ottawa will hope to have the “luck of the Irish” as they play a solid Jets team with stars up front such as Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane. On the blue line, it doesn’t come any easier, facing Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom. Whether the Jets give starter Ondrej Pavelec a rest or not, they can still pull out a win with Al Montoya controlling the blue paint.
With Craig Anderson still out, Ben Bishop or Robin Lehner will get the start, with Bishop winning yesterday’s game against Buffalo. Kyle Turris leads the Senators in points at the Bank this year, so look for him to be a factor in today’s game.
Ottawa can win this game by using what they have to their advantage. Their P.K. is second in the league, but they are also in the low end of the league with goals a game at 2.32.
Winnipeg is 7-2-1 in their last ten, which is a very respectable record. Ottawa will need to shut down the Jets’ leading scorers while trying to put the puck in the back of the net.
Ottawa can also tie a league record if the final of this game is decided by one goal. This would be bittersweet as Ottawa will then be one step closer to a record, but Ottawa also needs to start scoring some more goals and not letting their opponent be in striking distance throughout the game.
This All-Canadian match up should be a good one, as Ottawa hopes to rejuvenate an old winning streak, while Winnipeg tries to go for a seven game point streak.