JETBLAST: WINNIPEG at WASHINGTON

(0-1-0) 0 points (0-1-1) 1 points

11th in East, 4th in Southeast

10th in East, 3rd in Southeast

Winnipeg plays its first of 8 back to backs tonight in this Southeast divisional match up against the Washington Capitals. In the 6 games these two rivals played last year Winnipeg went 4-1-1. These teams played tight games with 3 going to overtime and two others being decided by just one goal. This is sure to be an exciting match up where one mistake could mean the game.

Capitals

Washington started their season in Tampa Bay with a 6-3 loss and looks to rebound in their home opener against Winnipeg. Joel Ward got 2 goals and newcomer Wojtek Wolski contributed two assists for the Caps in their opener but their defense and special teams killed them, giving Tampa Bay way to many opportunities. Washington plays a high-octane style offense but must be defensively responsible if they want a chance to win.

Jets

Winnipeg played a very strong road game yesterday in Boston earning a single point in a shootout. However they go to Washington to play a back to back which was a huge sore spot last year with only 1 win in 13 chances. Winnipeg will have to come out with the same jump they did vs. Boston and hope that the chemistry continues between Olli Jokinen and Evander Kane who looked strong against the Bruins. Winnipeg needs to find their offense however as 1 goal a game is not good enough.

Keys to the Game

Turnovers: This has been an area of concern for Winnipeg in their first two games and has cost them goals so they must limit their turnovers, especially in their own end of the rink. This can also be a problem for Washington as well so Winnipeg should look for some counter opportunities to create their offense.

The Great 8: It’s simple, the Caps are a better team when Alexander Ovechkin is making plays. Last season the job of containing Ovie often went to big Dustin Byfuglien and he did a good job of putting the body on him and taking away the space that Ovechkin likes to create. Big Buff will have to do the same tonight.

Fatigue: Winnipeg is playing their first back to back of the year and their 3rd game in 4 days including the very hard-fought shootout loss last night. They need to have the same jump in their step if they want a chance against the speedy Caps

Starting Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (0-1-1)
Braden Holtby (0-1-0)

Ondrej Pavelec will be back in goal after a solid outing in Boston for his third straight start. Washington on the other hand has had a couple of days off and will counter with Braden Holtby.

Injuries

Bogosian WPG, (Wrist) out
Miettenen WPG, (Upper body) out

Hillen WAS, (Shoulder) questionable
Laich WAS, (Groin) out

Last 10 (W-L-OTL)

Jets: 0-1-1
Capitals: 0-1-0

Prediction

Jets finally get into win column
Jets 3 – Caps 2

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