(SportsNetwork.com) – The Winnipeg Jets look to finish off a four-game
homestand on a high note Wednesday night as they take on the Ottawa Senators.
The Jets have earned five of the possible six points so far on the residency,
rebounding from a shootout loss to St. Louis with a 5-2 victory over the Los
Angeles Kings on Sunday.
Andrew Ladd had a pair of goals, while Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers — two
players acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in the Evander Kane trade last month
— also scored. Blake Wheeler added an empty-net tally in his return to the
lineup from a lower-body injury.
Michael Hutchinson turned aside 18 shots in the win.
“I thought from start to finish we were consistent the whole game,” said
Myers. “Even when they got their first goal I thought we responded really
well. We came back with one, and we didn’t stop pushing even after getting one
back. So I think it was a really good effort for a full 60 (minutes).”
The Jets own a four-point lead for a wild card spot in the Western Conference
and are five points behind the third-place Chicago Blackhawks in the Central
Forward Lee Stempniak is slated to make his debut with the Jets tonight after
being acquired from the New York Rangers on Sunday. He skated on a line with
Wheeler and Adam Lowry at practice on Tuesday.
“(Stempniak) is a really smart player. He picks things up quickly,” Jets head
coach Paul Maurice told his team’s website. “He’s already picked up what we’re
trying to do out there. He’s shown that he can do damage around the net, so
it’s always fun to play with guys like that.”
The Jets have lost all four of their games at home to the Senators since
relocating from Atlanta and snapped a three-game series slide with a 2-1
shootout win at Ottawa on Nov. 8.
Mathieu Perreault had the winner in the sixth-round of the shootout and
Ondrej Pavelec made 37 saves.
Hutchinson, though, has started six of the past seven games over Pavelec and
could face the Senators for the first time in his career tonight.
Craig Anderson made 36 saves for the Senators in that loss and is expected to
make his first start tonight since Jan. 21, having been out with a hand
injury. He was activated off injured reserve on Sunday and is 11-2-3 lifetime
versus the Jets franchise with a 2.40 goals against average and .935 save
With Anderson having been out and fellow netminder Robin Lehner sidelined as
well due to a concussion, Andrew Hammond made his sixth start in a row on
Tuesday night and suffered his first NHL defeat with a 3-2 shootout loss to
the Minnesota Wild despite making 36 saves.
Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan scored for the Senators, who had their five-game
win streak halted and are six points back of a wild card spot in the Eastern
“Huge point for us,” Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron said. “We stuck with
The Senators are concluding a five-game road trip tonight.