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Thursday, February 6th (All times Eastern)

Winnipeg Jets (28-25-5) at Washington Capitals (25-23-9), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets will try to continue their success under new head coach Paul Maurice when they visit the struggling Washington Capitals for Thursday's meeting at Verizon Center.

The Jets boast a 9-2-0 record since Maurice took over behind the bench for the fired Claude Noel in mid-January. The club has won its last three games and Winnipeg can post its second four-game winning streak of the Maurice era with another victory tonight.

The surge has helped move Winnipeg within two points of a playoff spot in the West.

Washington, meanwhile, has damaged its playoff chances in recent weeks, although it does enter Thursday's tilt only three points out of a postseason spot in the East. The Capitals have lost three of their last four games and are just 3-7-3 over their past 13 outings.

The Caps, who until this season were in the same division as the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, have won five straight in this series against their former Southeast Division rivals. That run includes a 5-4 shootout win in Winnipeg on Oct. 22 when Alex Ovechkin recorded two goals and an assist for Washington.

The Jets had a three-game winning streak in D.C. snapped when the Capitals posted a 5-3 home win on April 23 of last season. Ovechkin had one goal and an assist in that victory and the Russian sniper has amassed 81 points (40 goals, 41 assists) in 54 career games against the Thrashers/Jets.

Winnipeg has won all three of its games during its current winning streak by one-goal margins and each of the victories came in regulation. The Jets picked up their second straight win by a 2-1 score Tuesday in Carolina, as Chris Thorburn scored the winner with 1:03 to play to down the Hurricanes.

The winning goal came as Jacob Trouba skated behind the net and came around the left side in an attempt on a wraparound. It missed the goaltender, but came to the right side and Thorburn slammed it in with 63 seconds left.

Andrew Ladd had the other goal and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 28 shots for the win.

"It wasn't our best game because I don't think we played to our strengths," said Maurice. "But the structure was deep and our defense was good so that's what pulled us through."

The Jets have won the first two games of a four-game swing to improve their road record to 14-14-1. Winnipeg will close the trip this Saturday in St. Louis on the final day of NHL action before the league goes on hiatus for the Winter Olympics.

The Capitals were shut out 1-0 in their last outing, as they dropped a home decision to the New York Islanders. Andrew MacDonald scored the only goal of the game early in the third period to account for the decisive goal.

Michal Neuvirth made 27 saves for the Capitals, who went 0-for-6 on the power play in the loss.

"Every point right now is big," said Washington forward Martin Erat. "It doesn't matter if you are playing the Islanders or if you are playing Boston. You have to play the same way all the time, and we have to get the points from every single game."

Washington is 1-1-0 on a four-game homestand that will carry the club into the Olympic break. The residency ends with Saturday's tilt against the New Jersey Devils, who are currently tied with the Caps in the East standings.

The Capitals. who are 15-10-4 as the host this season, will play Thursday without defenseman Mike Green (concussion) and forwards Mikhail Grabovski (sprained ankle) and Aaron Volpatti (upper body).

02/06 11:04:36 ET

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Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
Final
DUKE 74
TEMPL 54
 
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
Final
PHI 96
PHO 122
Final
ATL 99
DET 89
Final
TOR 124
MIL 83
Final
MEM 117
BOS 100
Final
OKC 92
BRK 94
Final
WAS 91
CLE 78
Final
MIN 92
SAN 121
Final
DAL 140
LAL 106
 
Final
DEN 117
NOP 97
 
Half
POR 61
CHI 43
 
Half
GSW 54
UTA 32
 
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
Final
RICE 31
UTEP 13
 
3rd
SDST 16
AFA 14
 
3rd
UTST 21
SJST 7
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
Final
ODU 70
LSU 61
Final
KENT 89
BU 65
Final
SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
Final
UVA 59
GWU 42
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
Final
MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
Final
GMAS 58
NMU 69
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
Final
ARK 99
DELST 71
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
Final
NDST 68
KNST 55
 
Final
OKST 82
UWMIL 68
 
Final
LATU 73
MORE 64
Final
SDKST 74
NDAK 72
 
Final
XAV 81
STEPH 63
 
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UF 61
LAMON 56
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WAKE 81
IONA 85
 
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GRCN 64
FAM 49
 
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COLST 80
UGST 70
 
Final
WASU 80
IDST 68
 
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WEBER 64
ILLST 73
 
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AUB 105
LALAF 80
 
Final
LOU 85
MARS 67
 
Final
ORST 55
ORU 42
 
3rd OT
SD 83
SHSU 85
 
Final
UTAH 88
UCR 42
 
Final
DUKE 74
TEMPL 54
 
Final
CORN 71
PSU 72
 
2nd
CPSL 78
DEL 57
 
2nd
SEAT 46
WASH 53
 
Half
LBSU 33
KYST 26
 
2nd
AMER 26
PBY 19
 
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
Final
CLB 3
BOS 4
Final
PIT 4
NYI 5
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
3rd
EDM 0
NJD 2