The Winnipeg Jets have lost four of their last five games (1-4-0), while the Ottawa Senators are 1-2-1 in their last four. On Saturday, the two slumping teams meet in Canada’s capital city for a rematch of their season opener, which the Senators won 4-1 in Winnipeg. The Jets are 1-3-1 on the road this season. Ondrej Pavelec has started all five road games, allowing 17 goals. Pavelec was in net for the season-opening loss to the Senators, who earned points in six of their first seven games but have cooled off since.
Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson allowed three goals in each of his last two outings after going eight starts allowing two or fewer. Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson fired 11 shots on goal - and scored once - in a 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina on Thursday. Karlsson, who leads the league with 50 shots, has 11 points in 12 career games against Winnipeg. The Jets’ penalty-killing is clicking at a league-worst 63.6 per cent, which is good news for an Ottawa power play that scores on 25 per cent of its chances.
TV: 2 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS
ABOUT THE JETS (4-5-1): Defenceman Tobias Enstrom is on an eight-game point streak and leads the team with 13 points. Six of Enstrom’s points have come on the power play. Evander Kane, who has eight points this season, has a team-leading 33 hits and 34 shots. Winnipeg allowed 18 goals in its last three road games - all losses. Blake Wheeler has nine points but is a team-worst minus-9. Defenceman Ron Hainsey has blocked a team-high 26 shots.
ABOUT THE SENATORS (6-3-2): Karlsson leads the team with five goals and Ottawa defencemen with nine points. Kyle Turris has a team-leading 10 points. Captain Daniel Alfredsson has goals in each of the last two games and has seven points this season. Milan Michalek began the season with a point in each of the first six contests - but has one assist in five games since. Defencemen Chris Phillips and Andre Benoit have blocked a combined 46 shots. Chris Neil, who has three goals on the season, leads the team with 32 hits.
1. Jets rookie D Zach Redmond, who started the season as a healthy scratch, has three points in four games. Redmond scored his first career goal on Thursday in a loss to Toronto.
2. Alfredsson has 45 points in 40 career games against the Jets, dating back to when they were the Atlanta Thrashers.
3. The Senators are 4-0-2 at home this season.
PREDICTION: Senators 5, Jets 2
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