Jets hosting Caps

- March 2nd, 2013

A Saturday matinee is on tap at MTS Centre.

The Winnipeg Jets (10-9-1) are trying to maintain their current roll, while the Washington Capitals (7-11-1) are trying to pick themselves off the mat after getting bounced 4-1 by the Philadelphia Flyers.

This is the second meeting of the season between the Southeast Division rivals, with the Jets earning a 4-2 on Jan. 22 at Verizon Center that saw Blake Wheeler produce the game-winner.

The Jets have won five of their past six, while Caps are playing a little better than the last time these two teams met, with two wins over their past three outings.

“We know their team, they play a lot like New Jersey now,” Jets head coach Claude Noel said prior to the game. “They’ve got guys that can hurt you. Their an offensive team that is finding their way and they were finding their way before the last game in Philly. For us, we have a choice.

“We can keep them behind us or let them be closer to us.”

Jets captain Andrew Ladd had two goals (including the game-winner) and an assist on Thursday, capping a February that saw him tie Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning for goals in the month with 10. Ladd leads the Jets with 12 goals and 20 points in 20 games.

Expect Zach Bogosian and Ron Hainsey to see a healthy dose of the Great 8, Alex Ovechkin. Bogosian and Hainsey did a nice job keeping Ilya Kolalchuk off the board on Thursday.

Jets D-man Grant Clitsome carries a four-game point streak into this one and has one goal and three assists during the stretch.

You can be sure this will be a game Winkler product Eric Fehr had circled on his calendar.

After an injury-plagued season with the Jets, he’s back in his home province and has played well of late, picking up four goals and seven points in 16 games with the Caps.

Fehr sat out as a healthy scratch the last time these two teams met, so  this is his first chance to face his former club.

Speaking of local connections, former Manitoba Moose winger Aaron Volpatti will make his Caps debut this afternoon after he was claimed off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.

Here’s how we expect both teams to start on Saturday:

JETS
Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler
Evander Kane, Nik Antropov, Alex Burmistrov
James Wright, Olli Jokinen, Anthony Peluso
Eric Tangradi, Jim Slater, Chris Thorburn

Grant Clitsome, Dustin Byfuglien
Ron Hainsey, Zach Bogosian
Mark Stuart, Paul Postma

Ondrej Pavelec (Al Montoya)

Caps
Matt Hendricks, Mike Ribeiro, Alex Ovechkin
Eric Fehr, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera, Mathieu Perrault, Joel Ward
Aaron Volpatti, Jay Beagle, Joey Crabb

Karl Alzner, Tomas Kundratek
John Erskine, John Carlson
Jeff Schultz, Tom Poti

Braden Holtby (Michal Neuirth)

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