17-11-2018, Saat: 03:46
(SportsNetwork.com) - The fading Ottawa Senators have a chance to make up some ground in the playoff race on Tuesday night as they play host to the New York Rangers. The Senators are in the midst of a 2-5-2 skid, dropping them seven points behind the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, a position currently held by the Rangers. New York is tied for third place in the Metropolitan Division with the Columbus Blue Jackets, as both clubs have 76 points. However, the Blue Jackets have two games in hand to hold the current tiebreaker and push the Blueshirts out of one of the three automatic playoff bids in the division. The Senators have lost three straight and are coming off a 3-1 setback to the Colorado Avalanche. Ottawa was six seconds away from being shut out before Mika Zibanejad scored on a one-time blast. Robin Lehner stopped 19 shots in defeat. "We need wins right now, not moral victories," said Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean. Lehner was making his second straight start in place of the injured Craig Anderson, who suffered an upper-body injury in an overtime loss to the Nashville Predators last Monday. Anderson remains day-to-day and Lehner is likely to face the Rangers tonight for the second time in his career. He won the first meeting, stopping 33-of-35 shots faced. New York also is slumping, having lost six of its past nine games. That includes a tough-luck 1-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday that denied goaltender Henrik Lundqvist a piece of team history. Lundqvist made 28 saves and remains stuck on 301 career victories, tied with Mike Richter for the most in club history. The Rangers were denied a potential tying goal in the second period. Carl Hagelin forced a shot from a severe angle along the goal line to Antti Niemis left, and after the San Jose backstop virtually glued himself to the post, the puck was obscured underneath his equipment. A lengthy replay was not conclusive enough to overturn the original no-goal ruling on the ice. "I thought defensively we did what we had to do. Offensively, we did everything but finish. We had some very good looks, but we couldnt pull the trigger," New York coach Alain Vigneault said. "Youve got to believe if we keep playing this way, well be alright." Martin St. Louis played in his sixth game with the Rangers since being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning and has yet to score a goal with his new club. He has two assists and is a minus-1. St. Louis has 15 goals and 43 points in 50 career games versus the Senators, while Lundqvist is 11-14-3 with a 2.08 goals against average versus them. The Rangers snapped a five-game series losing streak to the Senators with a 4-1 win in Ottawa on Jan. 18. Derek Stepan had a goal and two assists, while Cam Talbot came up with 29 saves. 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Mets Amed Rosario Jersey . -- Those impatient for the Stanley Cup to return to Canada will have just one team to root for in the NHL playoffs -- the Montreal Canadiens.The Winnipeg Jets won 37 games last season, and the franchise hasnt won more than that since 2006-2007 in Atlanta, the last -- and only -- time that they have reached the playoffs. Off-Season Game Plan looks at a Jets team that has an interesting core, a new coach and a problem between the pipes. Many of Winnipegs core players are in their twenties, in and around their prime years, so while thats reason for optimism, its also reason for some urgency to take advantage of the kind of production being provided by the likes of Andew Ladd, Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien. Byfuglien is an interesting case for the Jets, having shifted from defence to forward part way through last season. While Big Buff is an effective winger, his preference is to play defence, which might make him appealing as a trade candidate for other clubs that are willing to accomodate that desire. But, if Byfuglien sticks around, the Jets have a quality group of forwards, with potential to be really good if Evander Kane and Mark Scheifele continue to develop. Their defence isnt as strong, overall, without Byfuglien, but Jacob Troubas strong rookie season was encouraging. Basically, the Jets have a competitive group of skaters. Not great, necessarily, but competitive. Then, it comes to goaltending, and that appears to be the area that needs fixing, only GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has backed Ondrej Pavelec as the teams starting goaltender going into next season. Maybe thats the stance that a GM has to take with a guy under contract for three more seasons, but his performance has been crippling to the Jets playoff chances and if he starts 50-plus games again next season, that is a serious roll of the dice that the Jets are taking with a goaltender that has finished with a league average save percentage once in five NHL seasons. The Jets did fare better under new head coach Paul Maurice, going 18-12-5 in the last 35 games, but that was largely due to favourable percentages and their possession stats only improved slightly over that span. They are close enough to contend for a playoff spot next season, with a couple of savvy moves this summer and further development from young players, but if they dont do something to upgrade in goal, it may all for naught. The TSN.ca Rating is an efficiency rating based on per-game statistics including goals and assists -- weighted for strength (ie. power play, even, shorthanded) -- Corsi, adjusted for zone starts, quality of competition and quality of teammates, hits, blocked shots, penalty differential and faceoffs. Generally, a replacement-level player is around a 60, a top six forward and top four defenceman will be around 70, stars will be over 80 and MVP candidates could go over 90. Sidney Crosby finished at the top of the 2013-2014 regular season ratings at 87.12. Salary cap information all comes from the indispensable http://www.capgeek.com. CF% = Corsi percentage (ie. percentage of 5-on-5 shot attempts), via http://www.extraskater.com. GM/COACHKevin Cheveldayoff/Paul Maurice Returning Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Dustin Byfuglien 77.01 78 20 36 56 50.4% $5.2M Blake Wheeler 75.85 82 28 41 69 49.9% $5.6M Evander Kane 74.81 63 19 22 41 51.5% $5.25M Bryan Little 74.61 82 23 41 64 52.9% $4.7M Andrew Ladd 73.59 78 23 31 54 52.9% $4.4M Mark Scheifele 66.91 63 13 21 34 48.6% $863K Jim Slater 57.45 27 1 1 2 49.6% $1.6M Eric Tangradi 57.40 55 3 3 6 53.8% $675K Anthony Peluso 54.84 53 2 3 5 45.6% $563K Free Agent Forwards Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Michael Frolik 68.98 81 15 27 42 53.0% RFA $2.333M Olli Jokinen 64.17 82 18 25 43 49.2% UFA $4.5M Devin Setoguchi 63.46 75 11 16 27 48.8% UFA $3.0M Matt Halischuk 58.07 46 5 5 10 44.5% RFA $650K Chris Thorburn 57.18 55 2 9 11 43.3% UFA $867K James Wright 53.76 59 0 2 2 47.7% RFA $650K Shifted to forward at the end of his run by since-departed coach Claude Noel, Dustin Byfuglien appears to be set for that spot again next season. That presumes that Byfuglien doesnt get moved in the summer, which is always a possibility, but also operates under the premise that the Jets are better with Byfuglien at forward. Byfuglien, individually, had a 51.7% Corsi percentage before he was moved to forward and 48.0% after. That aside, in 32 games at (mostly) forward, Byfuglien had 10 goals, 12 assists and 102 shots on goal. On a per-game basis, those numbers would have placed him with pretty nice company last season. Its a little interesting that the bottom name on that list is Brent Burns, the Sharks winger who also used to play defence. Over the past three seasons, Blake Wheeler has 174 points, which ranks 22nd in the league over that span and last years 50 even-strength points was tied for 13th in the league with David Krejci and Thomas Vanek. Wheelers is big and can move, which allows him to create mismatches depending on what gives him the advantage on a particular defender. Evander Kane uses his terrific speed to generate shots at an elite level, but has been a relatively low-percentage finisher. Some of that is due to not getting first-unit power play time and, even at even-strength, could use better linemates to help him out. That doesnt absolve Kane of any responsibility for his production, which has dipped since scoring 30 goals in 74 games in 2011-2012, but theres still a lot to like about what he brings to the game. After scoing 23 goals and a career-high 64 points, there is a case to be made for Bryan Little as an advanced stats All-Star as one of a handful of players to face top-tier competition, start more shifts in the defensive zone and still have a relative Corsi over plus-10 per 60 minutes. The common perception of Little might be that hes a good second-line centre but the 26-year-old is coming off a season in which he was a full-fledged No. 1 pivot. Team captain Andrew Ladd has scored 98 goals over the past four seasons, ranking 24th in that span. Hes a reliable two-way player that can be used in any situation and he is, averaging 19:46 per game in four seasons with the franchise. Mark Scheifele had rounded into form, with 12 goals and 29 points in the last 39 games he played before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Considering that Scheifele managed five points in his first 24 games last season, and had his Corsi percentage rise from 46.7% to 49.7% over those splits, counts as positive indications that he could fulfill the second-line centre role going forward. A sports hernia cost Jim Slater two-thirds of last season, and hes mustered a grand total of two goals and four points in 53 games over the past two seasons. While hes hit double-digits in goals three times in his career, Slater has also missed at least a dozen games in six of nine seasons, so its getting difficult to count on him, even in a fourth-line role. Though he has a paltry 15 points in 136 career games, big winge Eric Tangradi held his own in a depth role last season, putting up positive possession stats. As an inexpensive fourth-line option, the Jets could do worse. Like most forwards that play less than six minutes per game, Anthony Peluso cant risk playing too many minutes, lest he be exposed. Hes a scrapper who can handle the big boys, though, so as long as the Jets are going to leave a roster spot for that role, Peluso can fill it. At the same time, they could probably do without. 26-year-old Michael Frolik established that he hasnt completely forgotten how to create offence, scoring 42 points, his most since 2009-2010. Hes still a low-percentage finisher, but a versatile forward who can play both ends of the rink. A couple years removed from a career-best 28-point season, Matt Halischuk has been battling to keep a regular spot in the lineup and, last season, he was overrun in possession terms. Hes a viable fourth-line forward, but also one that could quickly be replaced. 24-year-old James Wright has good size, but there isnt much else justifying his place on an NHL roster. Last season, he was one of eight forwards since 2000-2001 to play at least 500 minutes and not register a single goal. The Jets have a solid core of forwards, but can use a couple of top-nine forwards to effectively take spots of unrestricted free agents Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi. Given the free agent alternatives at centre, the Jets could be okay doing a short-term deal with Jokinen and then find a solid checking forward, like Blake Comeau, Jesse Winchester or Daniel Winnik could round out the group nicely. Returning Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Cap Hit Jacob Trouba 71.45 65 10 19 29 49.0% $894K Grant Clitsome 67.dddddddddddd12 32 2 10 12 51.7% $2.067M Tobias Enstrom 66.89 82 10 20 30 50.6% $5.75M Zach Bogosian 63.37 55 3 8 11 49.4% $5.143M Mark Stuart 61.70 69 2 11 13 47.6% $2.625M Paul Postma 58.59 20 1 2 3 47.4% $713K Free Agent Defence Player Rating GP G A PTS CF% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Adam Pardy 57.93 60 0 6 6 53.7% UFA $600K Keaton Ellerby 57.48 51 2 4 6 48.0% RFA $735K One of the reasons that the Jets might have felt able to move Byfuglien to forward was the emergence of Jacob Trouba, who recovered from a neck injury and led the Jets in ice time following the Olympic break, averaging 23:33 per game. A 20-year-old who can skate, hit and contribute offensively, Trouba will have more responsibility heaped on him, but he has the makings of a No. 1 on the blueline. Back surgery ended Grant Clitsomes season early, but he was logging nearly 20 minutes a night, with positive possession stats at the time of his injury. Clitsome can move the puck and play a solid game, though hes never played more than 63 games in an NHL season, so theres still some unknown regarding his performance over the course of a full season. While Tobias Enstroms offensive production dipped to a career-low 0.37 points per game last season, he still delivered relatively steady play while facing tough competition. Hes small, but mobile and his ability to move the puck is important to the Jets defence. Zach Bogosian hasnt really made the mark that was expected when he was drafted third overall in 2008 and, on top of being bitten by the injury bug -- hes missed 70 games over the past four seasons -- Bogosian hasnt been able to successfully lock into a shutdown role. Thats the objective, but there is still some unexplored potential in the 23-year-olds game. A rugged veteran, Mark Stuart combined for 389 hits and blocked shots last season, ranking third among defencemen (behind Cody Franson and Radko Gudas), so theres no denying that he lays his body on the line. He also tends to spend more of his time in the Jets end of the ice, though last season he was taking on tougher matchups, playing more minutes once Byfuglien moved up. Paul Postma hasnt been able to hold down a regular spot in the lineup, playing 57 career games and while he has some puck skills and a big shot that suit him on the power play, Postma struggled at even-strength last season. Between Postma, Keaton Ellerby and pending unrestricted free agent Adam Pardy, the Jets had a battle for playing time at the bottom of the defence depth chart. Ellerby could take on more minutes if Pardy departs, but that may just mean a more regular turn in the lineup. The wildcard could be top prospect Joshua Morrissey, who is a fast-rising offensive defenceman. If he makes the club, that could raise the groups ceiling. Returning Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Cap Hit Ondrej Pavelec 60.64 57 22 26 7 3.01 .901 $3.9M Free Agent Goaltender Player Rating GP W L OTL GAA SV% Class 13-14 Cap Hit Al Montoya 68.70 28 13 8 3 2.30 .920 UFA $601K Over the past three seasons, Ondrej Pavelec has cost the Jets approximately 45 goals compared to the league average, according to Hockey References Goals Saved Above Average measure. Its one thing to be at the bottom of the league in save percentage and another to continually get played at a starters workload. The Jets have invested money in Pavelec, but its really had to rationalize him in a starters role, especially if the team considers itself ready to contend for a playoff spot. There may be challenges to getting rid of Pavelec, not least of which is that Cheveldayoff has said that Pavelec will be the No. 1 goalie next year, but he also may not be particularly appealing to other teams with the Jets paying half of his salary. Given how much it has been a problem lately, though, the Jets have to investigate opportunities to upgrade their goaltending. A trade for Manitoba native James Reimer could work, or signing a free agent like Jonas Hiller, Brian Elliott, Ray Emery or Tomas Vokoun could be worthwhile. Top Prospects Player Pos. Team/League Stats Joshua Morrissey D Prince Albert (WHL) 28-45-73, +6, 59 GP Nicolas Petan C Portland (WHL) 35-78-113, +47, 63 GP Adam Lowry LW St. Johns (AHL) 17-16-33, -1, 64 GP Eric Comrie G Tri-City (WHL) 2.57 GAA, .925 SV%, 60 GP Scott Kosmachuk RW Guelph (OHL) 49-52-101, +52, 68 GP Andrew Copp C Michigan (Big 10) 15-14-29, +1, 33 GP Connor Hellebuyck G UMass-Lowell (HE) 1.79 GAA, .941 SV%, 29 GP J.C. Lipon RW St. Johns (AHL) 9-32-41, even, 72 GP Brenden Kichton D St. Johns (AHL) 10-38-48, +8, 76 GP Julian Melchiori D St. Johns (AHL) 1-10-11, +19, 50 GP Eric ODell C St. Johns (AHL) 17-25-42, +9, 42 GP The 13th pick last summer, Joshua Morrissey had an outstanding year in Prince Albert. If the Jets are willing to live with the mistakes of a smart, teenaged offensive defenceman, then Morrissey (who has six points in eight AHL playoff games) could be a viable challenger for an NHL job as a 19-year-old. An undersized playmaker, Nicolas Petan was a second-rond pick last summer and has been tearing up the WHL for the past couple seasons. Between regular season and playoffs, hes tallied 289 points (in 176 games) and while size may be an issue, the only way to find out if its going to pose a problem is to wait and see how he does at the next level. A 6-foot-5 winger-turned-centre, Adam Lowry completed his first pro season and is probably not far from challenging for a spot in Winnipeg. The third-round pick from 2011 picked up his play after Christmas, scoring 28 points in his last 43 regular-season games. One of the games better goaltending prospects, Eric Comrie was a second-round pick in 2013. He struggled in a couple of AHL games at seasons end, but had a tremendous season in the WHL. Hes also only 18-year-old, so its going to take time before hes the answer to the Jets goaltending questions. Drafted in the third round in 2012, Scott Kosmachuk has improved steadily throughout his junior career and had a monster year with a powerhouse Guelph team in the OHL. He can make the jump to the AHL next season to see if his scoring will come to the pro game with him. A solidly-built centre who was picked in the fourth round last year, Andrew Copp is making quick progress, coming off a strong sophomore season at Michigan while also putting up five points in five games at the World Juniors for Team USA. Theres not much more that Connor Hellebuyck can do in college to raise his profile. Through two years at UMass-Lowell, Hellebuyck has a .946 save percentage and a dozen shutouts. Hes signed with the Jets and might be expected to start in the American Hockey League, but if he keep stopping pucks, there should be room for him. An aggressive winger picked in the third roudn last summer, J.C. Lipon had a solid pro debut and wasnt shy about it, leading the Ice Caps in penalty minutes with 136. Not the biggest blueliner on the block, Brenden Kichton was initially a fifth-round pick of the Islanders, was not signed, and then was drafted in the seventh-round by Winnipeg in 2013. A heady player who can quarterback a power play, Kichton ranked sixth among AHL defencemen in points as a rookie pro. A third-round pick in 2010, Julian Melchiori is a big, stay-at-home defenceman who has missed time with injuries in each of his first two pro seasons. Eric ODell turns 24 this summer, which puts him on the older side as a prospect but, in addition to scoring 97 points in 101 AHL games over the past two seasons, he also played 30 games for the Jets last season (3 G, 4 A, 51.0 CF%) so hes able to contribute now. Jets advanced stats and player usage chart from Extra Skater DRAFT9th - Nick Ritchie, Nikolaj Ehlers, Jake Virtanen, Haydn Fleury FREE AGENCYAccording to http://www.capgeek.com, the Jets have approximately $49.9M committed to the 2014-2015 salary cap for 16 players. Check out my possible Jets lineup for next season on Cap Geek here. Needs: Two top nine forwards, one top four defenceman, goaltenders.What I said the Jets needed last year: Two top six forwards, two top nine forwards, one top four defenceman, goaltender.They added: Michael Frolik, Mark Scheifele, Devin Setoguchi, Jacob Trouba. 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