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Jets and Senators ready for second meeting

Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson hits Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane during the first period of their...

Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson hits Winnipeg Jets' Evander Kane during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Ottawa Oct. 20, 2011. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)


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It is a stretch of games that could help define the Winnipeg Jets season.

And standing in the way in the first game of the stretch of 13 of 15 games on home ice are the surprising Ottawa Senators (7:35 p.m., TSN Jets, TSN 1290).

The two teams met in Ottawa back on Oct. 20, with the Senators skating away with a 4-1 victory.

“They used that game that we played against them and they spring-boarded off that game to win and really move ahead,” said Jets head coach Claude Noel. “I didn’t like the game we played against them. We were kind off all over the place at that time.

“They play a good team game and have got some good things going. I’m not overly concerned about them, no disrespect to them. We’ve got to get things going and we can’t lose sight of that eighth-place line that were battling for.”

Entering tonight’s action, the Senators (11-10-2) are two points up on the Jets (9-10-4), who are currently three points behind the eighth-place Washington Capitals.

The Jets have won three consecutive games at MTS Centre and hoping to build on that trend during the next month.

“We played some good teams during that time and some guys found their way a little bit, whether it was defensively, offensively or whatever the case may be,” added Jets forward Tanner Glass. “We’re confident right now we can play with any team in the league and get points.”

Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for the Jets, while Craig Anderson gets the call for the Senators.

The Senators are led by skilled centre Jason Spezza, who has eight goals and 22 points in 23 games this season.