Ottawa at Winnipeg
When: 3:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Where: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
After an initial surge following the naming of a new coach, the Winnipeg Jets have dropped two in a row and four of their last six (2-2-2). The Jets look to put a stop to their skid on Saturday, when they host the Ottawa Senators. Veteran Olli Jokinen scored his second goal in three contests in Winnipeg's 3-1 setback to Los Angeles on Thursday and also tallied in a 4-3 loss to the Senators on Jan. 2.
Like Winnipeg, Ottawa also has lost two in a row to put its postseason aspirations in jeopardy. The Senators began their four-game road trip through Western Canada with a 4-2 victory over Vancouver in the Heritage Classic on Sunday but mustered three goals in setbacks to Edmonton and Calgary. Kyle Turris recorded his team's lone tally in the 4-1 loss to the Flames on Wednesday and also notched an assist in the previous game versus the Jets.TV:
3 p.m. ET, CBC, TVAABOUT THE SENATORS (27-25-11):
Clarke MacArthur scored in the teams' previous meeting, but he won't have a chance to repeat the feat on Saturday as he has been ruled out of the contest with a hand injury. "It might be longer, who knows?" coach Paul MacLean said after practice on Friday. "We just want to make sure we had our people look at it and make sure what it would be." MacArthur, who has collected 19 goals and 25 assists, suffered the injury after tangling with Calgary defenseman Chris Butler during the third period on Wednesday.ABOUT THE JETS (30-27-7):
Coach Paul Maurice elected to reunite his top line of captain Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler in light of the injuries to rookie center Mark Scheifele (knee) and Chris Thorburn (upper body) - but the immediate result wasn't favorable. The top line registered just two shots for a struggling offense which also has sputtered on the power play. Winnipeg has failed on all seven opportunities with the man advantage in March and is 4-for-39 in its last 15 games.OVERTIME
1. Ottawa D Erik Karlsson has recorded four goals and two assists in his last seven games.
2. Winnipeg will sport camouflage jerseys for pregame warmups in honor of Military Appreciation Day.
3. Senators G Craig Anderson made 32 saves against the Jets in their January meeting to improve to 10-2-2 lifetime versus the franchise.PREDICTION:
Senators 4, Jets 2
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