Game Night: Jets at Senators – Toronto Sun

Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk.
Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk. Photo by Errol McGihon /Postmedia Network

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

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Sunday: 6:30 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre

TV: TSN3

Radio: 680 AM

WHY WATCH?

Jets will be the more rested team

The Jets will have the advantage of facing a team on the second game of a back-to-back. The Senators were in New York to face the Rangers on Saturday, and had to travel to get back home for the game tonight. The back-to-back situation likely will result in rookie goalie Mads Sogaard making his second start for the Senators. Ottawa head coach D.J. Smith planned to split his goalies this weekend, and Anton Forsberg started in New York.

POINTS LEADERS

WINNIPEG JETS

GP G A PT PLUS/MINUS
Kyle Connor 69 41 41 82 -1
Mark Scheifele 66 29 49 69 -19
Blacke Wheeler 57 12 42 66 -9

OTTAWA SENATORS

GP G A PT PLUS/MINUS
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; PK 75% 27th

OTT PP 19.1% 22nd; PK 80.5% 13th

THREE THINGS ABOUT THE SENATORS

The Senators already have put a dent in the Jets’ playoff chances. Ottawa scored a 5-2 victory over Winnipeg on March 24, with captain Brady Tkachuk scoring twice. Forsberg stopped 22 of 24 shots in that one. Only Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey replied for Winnipeg. The Jets had a 6-4-0 record against Ottawa in the North Division last season.

It doesn’t appear as if winger Drake Batherson will suit up Sunday. He has been hit hard by the flu, didn’t make the trip to New York, and the Senators weren’t optimistic that he would play this weekend. As well, centre Tim Stuetzle will miss his third straight game because of a knee injury.

Called up with Dylan Gambrell sidelined with the flu, centre 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. “That’s a look into the future,” Smith said. “You get a huge centre, that’s got some toughness and can win faceoffs.”

bgarrioch@postmedia.com

Twitter: @sungarrioch

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