Game night: Jets at the Senators

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WINNIPEG JETS (33-28-11) vs. OTTAWA SENATORS (26-39-6)

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Sunday: 6:30 p.m., Canadian Tire Center
TV: TSN3
Radio: 680 AM

WHY WATCH?

The Jets will be the most rested team

The Jets will have the advantage of facing a team in the second straight game. The Senators were in New York to face the Rangers on Saturday and had to travel home for tonight’s game. The back-to-back situation will likely see rookie goaltender Mads Sogaard make his second start for the Senators. Ottawa head coach DJ Smith had planned to split his goaltenders this weekend, and Anton Forsberg started in New York.

POINT HEADS

WINNIPEG JETS

generalist g A PT MORE LESS
Kyle Connor 69 41 41 82 -1
Marc Scheifele 66 29 49 69 -19
Black Wheeler 57 12 42 66 -9

OTTAWA SENATORS

generalist g A PT MORE LESS
Brady Tkachuk 68 24 29 53 -6
Josh Norris 55 31 15 46 -9
Tim Stuetzle 68 15 28 43 -27

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SPECIAL TEAMS

WPG PP 21.2% 16th; KP 75% 27th
OTT PP 19.1% 22nd; KP 80.5% 13th

THREE THINGS ABOUT SENATORS

The Senators have already slashed the Jets’ chances in the playoffs. Ottawa won 5-2 over Winnipeg on March 24, with captain Brady Tkachuk scoring two goals. Forsberg stopped 22 of 24 shots in that one. Only Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey answered for Winnipeg. The Jets were 6-4-0 against Ottawa in the North Division last season.

It doesn’t look like winger Drake Batherson will dress on Sunday. He was hit hard by the flu, didn’t make the trip to New York and the Senators weren’t optimistic he’d play this weekend. Also, center Tim Stuetzle will miss his third straight game with a knee injury.

Called up with Dylan Gambrell sidelined with the flu, center Mark Kastelic has earned a lot of praise from Smith. The 6-foot-3 Kastelic, who was drafted in the fifth round in 2019, has 11 goals and 25 points in 56 games with Belleville of the AHL. “It’s a look into the future,” Smith said. “You get a huge center, who has tenacity and can win faceoffs.”

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