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Saturday, March 8th (All times Eastern)

Ottawa Senators (27-25-11) at Winnipeg Jets (30-27-7), 3 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators hope to keep their winning streak in Winnipeg alive as they visit the Jets on Saturday to conclude a four-game road trip.

The Senators have won all three of their trips to Winnipeg since the Jets franchise relocated there from Atlanta. They have scored 16 goals in those three games.

Ottawa has won two straight and six of the last eight encounters overall, including a 4-3 victory at home on Jan. 2 in the first of two meetings this season. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist, while Craig Anderson posted 32 stops for the Sens.

Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist for the Jets, who also got tallies from Evander Kane and Olli Jokinen as well as 25 saves by backup goaltender Al Montoya.

Ottawa finishes off a tour of Western Canada today, a swing it began with a victory in Vancouver before consecutive defeats to Edmonton and Calgary. The Senators were bested 4-1 by the Flames last time out on Wednesday.

Anderson allowed all four goals on 28 shots, while Kyle Turris helped the Senators avoid a shutout by scoring with 9:36 to play.

Forward Ales Hemsky made his Ottawa debut after getting acquired from the Oilers the previous day for a pair of draft picks. He had two shots in 16 minutes of action.

"I expected I would be moved. They talked about it in the summer," said Hemsky, who played his first 11 seasons for the Oilers. "So I prepared for that. I knew it would happen, I just didn't know where."

Hemsky went from a last-place club to an Ottawa squad that is five points back of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Jets also are in the hunt for the postseason, but are coming off a 3-1 setback to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. Winnipeg has now dropped the first two contests of a three-game homestand, having been bested in overtime by the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Ondrej Pavelec kept the Jets in it for much of the way versus the Kings with a 38-save effort, but Winnipeg mustered only Olli Jokinen's 15th goal of the season, which came in the second period.

"They're tight defensively, so simplifying is the way to go against them," Jets captain Andrew Ladd said of the Kings. "You've got to try to throw everything at them and create off of that. We probably didn't do enough of that."

Winnipeg fell three points behind Dallas for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Pavelec may get the start today and is 4-8-0 with a 3.20 goals against average lifetime versus the Senators.

Anderson is 10-2-2 with a 2.47 GAA in his career when facing the Jets franchise.

03/08 10:50:38 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
 
4th
MEM 71
UTA 85
 
4th
CHI 80
WAS 72
 
2nd
DEN 46
MIL 50
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
 
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
 
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
 
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
 
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
 
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
 
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
 
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
2nd
NILL 64
WMICH 60
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
 
Half
MIZZ 30
AUB 30
 
1st
UGA 27
KENT 32
 
Half
NW 27
MICH 34
 
Half
CLEM 21
NCSU 20
 
Half
UF 26
TEXAM 23
 
1st
KU 24
WVU 40
 
1st
CREI 24
VILL 17
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
3rd
TAM 3
BUF 0
 
3rd
FLA 2
TOR 2
 
3rd
MIN 2
OTT 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
NYI 1
 
2nd
ARI 0
ANA 1
 
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