Series (Game 1 of 4)

Ottawa leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 20th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 29th
Game 3: Monday, January 16th
Game 4: Monday, March 26th

Jets 1

(1-4-1, 3 pts)

Senators 4

(2-5-0, 4 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 20, 2011

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
WPG 1 0 01
OTT 0 2 24

C. Anderson (Senators - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .972

M. Michalek (Senators - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

J. Spezza (Senators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Jets-Senators Preview


The Winnipeg Jets came up just short in their first visit to a Canadian city. A trip to the nation's capital could produce better results.

Winnipeg goes for its first road win Thursday night when it faces an Ottawa Senators team giving up goals at an alarming rate.

Coming off Monday's 2-1 victory over Pittsburgh -- the club's first win since relocating from Atlanta -- the Jets (1-3-1) fell 4-3 in a shootout at Toronto on Wednesday.

Winnipeg, 0-2-1 away from the MTS Centre, led 3-1 midway through the second period with goals from Tobias Enstrom, Alexander Burmistrov and Mark Scheifele, his first in the NHL.

"It was definitely special to get it here in front of a bunch of people that came to the game," said Scheifele, who is from nearby Kitchener, Ontario. "But it would've been nicer to get the win."

Still, the Jets have to feel good about Enstrom and Scheifele converting on the power play after the team went 0 for 17 in those situations in the first four contests.

Ottawa (1-5-0), meanwhile, has the league's worst penalty-kill percentage at 64.5.

The Senators' power-play was outstanding through four games, converting 6 of 19, but the club is 0 for 6 in its last two after failing to score on five chances during Tuesday's 7-2 loss to Philadelphia.

Coach Paul MacLean attributes some of those special-teams struggles to the absence of defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who was sidelined after suffering a bruised foot in Saturday's 2-1 loss to Washington.

"It was the best power play in the league when he was on it," MacLean told the Senators' official website. "When he wasn't on it, we went 0 for 5."

The likely return of Gonchar should provide a boost, but the Senators need far better play in net from Alex Auld and Craig Anderson, who together have yielded a league-worst 5.0 goals per game.

Ottawa has given up seven goals in each of its last two home games.

"We have to be more accountable, figure out what our identity is and be better to a man really. We can't go home thinking 'I had my guy and everyone else did a bad job,'" defenseman Chris Phillips said following Tuesday's players-only meeting. "We have to take a long hard look at ourselves and figure out how we can be better and how each guy can help out the team more."

The Senators, though, have to be pleased with the play of defenseman Erik Karlsson, who is tied with Florida's Brian Campbell with a league-best seven assists.

"It's six games," Karlsson said. "I know I can't keep up this pace for the rest of the season. It's going to be really, really tough."

Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who assisted on both power-play goals Wednesday for his first points of the season, would know. He had 41 points in his first 42 games for Atlanta last season before recording just 12 in his final 39 contests.

Left wing Evander Kane logged 11:48 of ice time against Toronto after missing a game with a lower-body injury. He has no goals and one assist in seven games versus Ottawa.

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has a 1.98 goals-against average while winning his last two starts at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators and the Winnipeg/Atlanta Thrashers franchise split two games in Ottawa in 2010-11.