Game 62 Preview: Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets

A preview of the game between the Jets and Senators on March 4th.

The unexpectedly wild road trip comes to a close tonight in Winnipeg. The Sens moved up a point closer to Boston last night, but the point left on the table means they no longer control their own fate.

No skate today, so the lineups are a bit of a guess. Colin Greening goes in for Matt Puempel. Jared Cowen is a game time decision - if I had to guess who would come out if Cowen goes in, I'd go with Patrick Wiercioch out of habit.

Craig Anderson was confirmed as the starter... then 5 minutes later he wasn't after informing Dave Cameron he wasn't comfortable enough with his hand to do so tonight.

Hoffman - Zibanejad - Ryan
Michalek - Turris - Stone
Condra - Pageau - Lazar
Greening - Legwand - Chiasson

Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Borowiecki - Gryba

Anderson (starter)
Hammond (starter)

Some notes for tonight's game:

  • Andrew Hammond creeps ever closer to "not waiver exempt" status - two more games played after tonight
  • Winnipeg would have to be passed by four teams to fall out of the playoffs, but I'm sure they would love to pad their 1 point lead on Minnesota for the first wild card spot. Better to take the more likely matchup with the Ducks.
  • Rookie Michael Hutchinson is slated to get his fifth straight start tonight for the Jets, and is quickly catching Ondrej Pavelec on the games played count for the season
  • Lee Stempniak makes his debut for the Jets tonight.
  • Wow, does Winnipeg ever end up in the box a lot - time to let Ottawa's 23rd place power play burn two minutes off the clock!
  • Watch the energy level - Ottawa is, of course, on the back-half of a back to back at the end of a five game road trip. Winnipeg has two days off before and after, so should be well rested.
  • Especially watch Erik Karlsson - he played a crazy 35:12 last night, with not one, but two shifts over three minutes long and a third shift that was 2:14 and without a single whistle. He's got crazy conditioning, even for a NHL player, but you've got to expect that to take it's toll in a back to back.
  • Think Karlsson can work his way in to the Norris conversation this year? It's a long (long) shot, but he's making a bit of noise among Ottawa circles, blew through February at a point per game and really compares well against some of the defensive arguments being made for other players.

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from except for Corsi and Fenwick, which are from

Category Ottawa Winnipeg
Player # Player #
Goals Mike Hoffman 23 Bryan Little 24
Assists Erik Karlsson 33 Andrew Ladd 30
Points Erik Karlsson
48 Andrew Ladd 52
Shots Erik Karlsson 219 Dustin Byfuglien 193
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:06 Toby Enstrom 23:44
Category Ottawa Winnipeg
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.79 15th 2.70 17th
Goals Against 2.62 17th 2.61 15th
5v5 Corsi % 49.93% 20th 52.45% 6th
5v5 Fenwick % 47.97% 23rd 51.99% 9th
Shots For 30.5 13th 30.1 15th
Shots Against 32.5 26th 29.0 11th

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