The Winnipeg Jets have skyrocketed to the top of the Southeast Division, while the Ottawa Senators are struggling to keep pace in the Northeast despite their notable injuries. Winners of three in a row and a 5-0-1 mark in their last six contests, the Jets will look to keep their good fortune going on Sunday when they visit Canada's capital city to face the Senators. Winnipeg certainly went the extra mile on Saturday as defenseman Zach Bogosian scored in the 10th round of the shootout to lift the Jets to a 5-4 triumph over Toronto.
Kyle Turris scored twice - including 3:54 into overtime - as Ottawa skated to a 4-3 victory over Buffalo on Saturday. The Senators improved to 2-2-4 in their last eight outings, and have been competitive despite nursing several injuries. Ottawa extended its string of games decided by one goal to 11, which is one shy of matching the NHL record set by the 1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks.
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ABOUT THE JETS (15-11-2): While Scotiabank Place has been a safe haven for the Senators (9-1-3), Winnipeg owns the distinction of handing Ottawa its lone regulation home loss. With Ondrej Pavelec plagued by the flu, Al Montoya turned aside 33 shots in the Jets' 1-0 victory over the Senators on Feb. 9. Pavelec is back to full health and will look to avenge a tough showing in Winnipeg's season-opening 4-1 loss to Ottawa.
ABOUT THE SENATORS (14-8-6): Ottawa's defensemen are chipping in offensively as the team deals with the loss of reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, who is sidelined with a season-ending Achilles injury. Veteran blue-liner Sergei Gonchar, who had two assists versus Buffalo, is riding a six-game point streak. Rookie Patrick Wiercioch, who scored and set up a goal against the Sabres, has recorded four tallies in his last six contests.
1. Winnipeg RW Blake Wheeler secured his second two-goal performance in three outings on Saturday. The 26-year-old, however, has been held off the scoresheet in both outings against Ottawa.
2. Ben Bishop, who turned aside 33 shots on Saturday, may receive another start versus the Jets. The towering netminder made 36 saves in the hard-luck loss to Winnipeg last month.
3. Jets captain Andrew Ladd is riding a three-game point streak and has two goals and five assists in his last five contests.
PREDICTION: Senators 2, Jets 1