The Jets are in the nation's capital for a game vs the Sens this afternoon. The NHL team practised Friday in Ottawa with an emphasis on how to show up for the game. Thursday night, the club was AWOL and had perhaps its worst outing of the season — except for goaltender Connor Hellebuyck — dropping a 5-2 decision to the Canadiens in Montreal.
Winnipeg gave up a season-high 53 shots to the Habs and were never able to match the pace of the game laid down by their hosts.
Ottawa has a league-low 45 points after 54 games, but is coming off a 4-0 shutout of the Ducks on Thursday. Not that's not saying much — the Ducks have lost six straight again after losing 12 straight earlier this season. Yikes!
Another Jets clunker against the lowly Sens would be cause for alarm.
Mike McIntyre took an early morning train from Montreal to Ottawa on Friday to catch the Jets' practice and has a full report for you.
— Sports Editor Steve Lyons
- No pain, no gain: Jets head coach not ready to shuffle lines to get Patrik Laine out of his scoring slump
- Puck Data: Trouba, Morrissey take big strides at the top
- Get the funk out: Jets try to snap two-game winless streak against Senators
What we're reading
- Truth By Numbers: Has Thomas Chabot adequately replaced Erik Karlsson? (Sportsnet)
- Dull blades: Just like the goals against, questions piling up for Sabres writes Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News
- Nashville need to be Predators: Their competition is elite and ascending. The rental market is robust. There's no better season for Tennessee to take a home-run swing for the Cup (The Hockey News)
- Wiser and sober: For Stephane Matteau, a famous goal could not cover the darkness (New York Tmes)
In case you missed it
- Luck of the draw: Young Jets fan enjoying trip of a lifetime
- Captain sends message: Wheeler steps up to deflect Laine criticism
News and numbers
- Back to back: Today and Sunday vs the Sabres is the eighth of 10 back-to-back sets the Jets have this season. Winnipeg is 4-3-0 in the first game and 5-2-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season. Last season, the Jets went 4-3-2 in the first game of nine back-to-backs and 4-4-1 in the second game.
- On a tear: Defenceman Jacob Trouba notched his 26th assist of the season on Thursday to set a career high for assists in a season. He has an assist in four consecutive games (6A) and 14 assists in 16 games since Dec. 31/18. Trouba sits tied for third in NHL scoring among defencemen since Dec. 31 with 15 points.
- Joshing around: Morrissey chats with the media on the possibility of returning to the lineup for the game against Ottawa
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