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Ottawa Senators @ Winnipeg Jets Game Preview: One of These Teams Is in the Playoffs

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WINNIPEG, CANADA - NOVEMBER 29: Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators and Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets collide at the MTS Centre on November 29, 2011 in Winnipeg, Canada.
WINNIPEG, CANADA - NOVEMBER 29: Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators and Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets collide at the MTS Centre on November 29, 2011 in Winnipeg, Canada.


Next Game

Ottawa Senators
@ Winnipeg Jets

Monday, Mar 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT
MTS Centre

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Hey yo - I'm still bitter about two days ago. So how can this team pick up the pieces? A home game! Nevermind the fact that if we can't win on the road, we have no chance in realizing the already-slim odds of sneaking into the 8 spot. What might be the most effective strategy for Claude Noel: 1.) Play the Tim Stapleton - Ben Maxwell - Spencer Machacek line 20 minutes, 2.) Play Randy Jones, 3.) Win the game? Let's be serious here...the recent success of the aforementioned MSM Line is but a blip in the sample of Steam Punk, BMax, and Mach 46's talents. They are not this good, nor are they that bad. Ran_y Jones (the guy has no D), on the other hand, is that bad. Let's just play this one normal, not play Ran_y Jones, and win the game - okay?

Keys to the Game, Lineups, and Prediction after the jump.

Keys to the Game

  • Do we need a "key"? We're playing at home. That seems "key" enough. Oh, and don't play Ran_y Jones.

Lineups

Jets (GP 75 35-32-8 78 PTS)

Forwards

#16 Andrew Ladd -- #18 Bryan Little -- #26 Blake Wheeler

#9 Evander Kane -- #13 Kyle Wellwood -- #8 Alexander Burmistrov

#14 Tim Stapleton -- #49 Ben Maxwell -- #46 Spencer Machacek

#15 Tanner Glass -- #19 Jim Slater -- #20 Antti Miettinen

Defencemen

#39 Tobias Enstrom -- #33 Dustin Byfuglien

#6 Ron Hainsey -- #4 Zach Bogosian

#5 Mark Stuart -- #24 Grant Clitsome

Goaltender

#31 Ondrej Pavelec

It's cute, I'm sure, that I'm so hopeful.

Senators (GP 76 38-28-10 86 PTS)

Forwards

#14 Colin Greening -- #19 Jason Spezza -- #9 Milan Michalek

#71 Nick Foligno -- #7 Kyle Turris -- #11 Daniel Alfredsson

#36 Rob Klinkhammer -- #42 Jim O'Brien -- #25 Chris Neil

#23 Kaspars Daugavins -- #15 Zack Smith -- #22 Erik Condra

Defencemen

#17 Filip Kuba -- #65 Erik Karlsson

#2 Jared Cowen -- #55 Sergei Gonchar

#4 Chris Phillips -- #39 Matt Carkner

Goaltender

#41 Craig Anderson

As per usual, we get the backup. Let's not embarrass ourselves, please.

Player to boo mercilessly: Alfredsson, I'll never forgive him for shooting the puck at Scott Niedermayer.

Prediction: Winnipeg 4, Ottawa 1...just to get my hopes up.

GO JETS GO