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Game 7: Winnipeg Jets @ Ottawa Senators

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Winnipeg Jets
@ Ottawa Senators

Thursday, Oct 20, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT
Scotiabank Place

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After an ugly 7-2 loss to Philadelphia, the Senators return to action tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. WOO HOO! I think most of us are super excited about Winnipeg's return to the NHL. The Jets are coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs, and sit one point ahead of the Senators. Sergei Gonchar will return to the lineup meaning Brian Lee is a healthy scratch again. Craig Anderson will start.

Here are the lines courtesy of James Gordon.

Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek
Nick Foligno - Peter Regin - Daniel Alfredsson
Zack Smith - Mika Zibanejad - Chris Neil
Jesse Winchester - Stéphane Da Costa - Erik Condra

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Sergei Gonchar - Jared Cowen
Chris Phillips - David Rundblad

Craig Anderson (starter)
Alex Auld

Stats and talking points after the jump.

Here are my talking points:

  • Gonchar and power play: The power play didn't look that good last time out. Sergei Gonchar's return should help with that. Also, Gonchar was having a pretty good game against Washington so hopefully he can continue that.
  • Zibanejad back to centre: If these are the last few games for Zibanejad for Ottawa this season, I am glad he is at least being allowed to showcase his talent in his natural position.
  • Da Costa on fourth line: Da Costa hasn't been very good recently and he is relegated to the fourth line with Condra and the returning Jesse Winchester.
  • Winchester makes debut: Speaking of Winchester, he will replace Zenon Konopka in the lineup. He is a pretty good fourth liner and I much prefer him to Konopka.
  • Karlsson's offence: Karlsson has been involved in 8 of the 15 goals the Senators have scored. Best player so far this season.
  • Solid goaltending: The Senators are going to need solid goaltending from Craig Anderson tonight. After the last game, the team might be a little fragile and will need Anderson to be good early on.
  • Make it seven: Woo! The Jets are back! I hope they lose tonight but so happy for them.

Here are the 2011-2012 comparative statistics for the Senators and the Jets:

Category Ottawa Enemy - Winnipeg
Value Rank Value Rank
Goals For per game 2.50 16th 2.00 25th
Goals Against per game 5.00 30th 3.40 28th
5 on 5 GF/GA ratio 0.44 29th 0.67 25th
Shots for per game 30.2 14th 28.6 20th
Shots against per game 32.7 24th 28.0 10th
Power play % 24.0 7th 9.5 24th
Penalty kill % 64.5 30th 73.7 27th
Category Ottawa Enemy - Winnipeg
Player Value Player Value
Points Erik Karlsson 8 Alexander Burmistrov 4
Goals Milan Michalek 3 Kyle Wellwood 2
Assists Erik Karlsson 7 Alexander Burmistrov 3
PP Points Erik Karlsson 5 Dustin Byfuglien 2
Shots Milan Michalek 21 Blake Wheeler 18
Hits Chris Neil 23 Tanner Glass 13
Avg. Ice time Erik Karlsson 24:28 Tobias Enstrom 25:14
Face-offs % Zack Smith 60.0 Jim Slater 51.9