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Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba Attendance: 15,321
Jets look to get back on winning track at home
Washington Capitals at Winnipeg Jets
- The Capitals scored three in third to tie it but ultimately fell in overtime to the Red Wings on Sunday, 5-4. It marked the first time Washington rallied from three goals down in the third to tie the game since March 9, 2016 at Los Angeles.
- The Jets dropped their second in a row with a 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Sunday. It is the first time Winnipeg has lost back-to-back games at home since a three-game skid from March 6-11, 2017.
- Washington is 10-1-1 in its last 12 meetings with Winnipeg after sweeping last year's season series. The Jets have scored more than three goals in only one of those last 12 meetings, while the Capitals have scored fewer than three goals just two times.
- Alex Ovechkin matched his goal total from last season with his 33rd in Sunday's loss to Detroit. Ovechkin reached 60 points in 55 team games for the first time since 2009-10 when he reached 60 points in Washington's 47th game.
- Blake Wheeler picked up an assist on Nikolaj Ehlers' first-period goal on Sunday. Wheeler now has 16 assists in the first period, tied with John Klingberg for the most in the NHL this season.
- Jay Beagle registered two assists for the first time this season in the loss to the Red Wings. It was only the third multi-assist game of Beagle's career, and his first since October 30, 2016 at Calgary.
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- After losing two straight games at home for the first time all season, fans of the Winnipeg Jets are either breaking their ankles jumping off the bandwagon, pleading for a trade deadline deal or calling for somebody's head. Or in many cases, all three.
Their immediate worry is Bell MTS Place has lost some of its fear factor coupled. But they're also wringing their hands over the fact that center Mark Scheifele's return isn't having nearly the impact they were hoping for. The Jets followed up Friday night's 5-2 loss to St. Louis with another 3-1 defeat to the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon. They're hoping to stop the bleeding when the Washington Capitals skate onto the ice on Tuesday night. It's the first game between the two squads this season.
The 24-year-old Scheifele had an assist in his second game back after missing six weeks with a shoulder injury and momentarily appeared to tie things up late in the third period against the Rangers but the officials ruled he deflected Dustin Byfuglien's shot from the point with a high stick.
The Jets came out flying and took a 1-0 lead on right winger Nik Ehlers' 21st goal of the season just a couple of minutes in, but before the end of the period, the young Dane threw a blind pass into the middle of the ice, the Rangers struck back and the dynamics of the game changed.
"The first period we dominated them and then they got that goal at the end and then we gave them an opportunity to come back," Ehlers told The Winnipeg Free Press. "We didn't play the same game anymore. After that first one, I think we could have been up three or four to nothing. We had a lot of chances."
"It was a stupid pass from me trying to make it into the middle there. It's something that I have to take on me. We let them get back into the game in the second period and they kind of took over a little bit. Stupid mistake," he said.
Still, even after starting their 10-game home stand 3-2-1, the Jets still have one of the league's best home records at 20-5-2 and are the fifth-best team in terms of winning percentage at .652, so it's not like the sky is falling.
The Capitals come to town on the heels of a disappointing 5-4 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday and have lost three of their last five games. Their visit to Winnipeg is the first of a season-high four-game, eight-day road trip.
"It's a big stretch," Caps center Jay Beagle told a media scrum after practice on Monday.
"We haven't had a road trip here in it feels like forever, so we've got to get out there and make sure that in the next game, we respond."
The Caps have the NHL's sixth-best winning percentage at .636.
Updated February 13, 2018