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Jets need to shut down NHL's top scorer Ovechkin

Graham Hughes / The Canadian Press Files</p><p>Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin has 33 goals through 55 games, which matches his total from last season over 82 games.</p>

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Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin has 33 goals through 55 games, which matches his total from last season over 82 games.

The Winnipeg Jets face a tall task tonight as they try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. Standing in their way will be a high-flying Washington Capitals club and the NHL's top goal scorer in Alexander Ovechkin.

Winnipeg (32-15-9) is coming off back-to-back regulation defeats on home ice to the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.

"It's a new opportunity here tonight for us to try to re-do some of the things we know we can do," Blake Wheeler said following the morning skate at Bell MTS Place. The captain has now gone 14 games since he last scored, including the past two since Mark Scheifele returned from injury and he shifted back to the wing from centre.

"If we give these guys time and space, give them opportunities, it's going to be a tough night for us. I think we just want to skate, try to play a fast game, try to limit their space," he said.

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The Winnipeg Jets face a tall task tonight as they try to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. Standing in their way will be a high-flying Washington Capitals club and the NHL's top goal scorer in Alexander Ovechkin.

Winnipeg (32-15-9) is coming off back-to-back regulation defeats on home ice to the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.

"It's a new opportunity here tonight for us to try to re-do some of the things we know we can do," Blake Wheeler said following the morning skate at Bell MTS Place. The captain has now gone 14 games since he last scored, including the past two since Mark Scheifele returned from injury and he shifted back to the wing from centre.

"If we give these guys time and space, give them opportunities, it's going to be a tough night for us. I think we just want to skate, try to play a fast game, try to limit their space," he said.

Coach Paul Maurice will go with the same lineup that lost 3-1 to the Rangers, including Connor Hellebuyck in goal.

Washington is in a familiar place on top of the Metropolitan division with a 32-17-6 record. They are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Ovechkin has 33 goals through 55 games, which matches his total from last season over 82 games. He appears on his way to what could be another 50-goal season.

"We wouldn't have the answer to that, certainly as a coachable skill, because we'd all be doing that," Maurice said this morning of how to try and shut down Ovechkin. "He's just that good. You've got to stay out of the penalty box against Washington to take away a weapon."

Expected Jets Lineup

Goal

Hellebuyck

Comrie

Forwards:

Perreault-Scheifele-Wheeler

Ehlers-Little-Laine

Connor-Copp-Armia

Petan-Hendricks-Roslovic

Defence:

Morrissey-Myers

Enstrom-Byfuglien

Chiarot-Kulikov

Scratches: Dano (healthy), Lemieux (healthy), Poolman (healthy) Lowry (injured), Tanev (injured), Matthias (injured), Trouba (injured), Mason (injured), Hutchinson (injured)

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