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THE BIG MATCHUPMark Scheifele vs Nicklas Backstrom

Chances are pretty good that head coaches Paul Maurice and Barry Trotz will at least start with a best on best situation when it comes to matching the top lines. Scheifele has two games under his belt after returning from injury and is finding his way, while Backstrom remains an integral piece of the puzzle for his team because of his two way play.

Keys to the gameStop the bleedingThe Jets had a better effort in a 3 1 loss to the New York Rangers than they did in the 5 2 defeat to the St. Louis Blues but they now lost consecutive games on home ice for the first time this season. And with things tightening up in the Central Division standings, they be looking to avoid suffering just the second three game losing skid of the season.

Minimize the damageCapitals captain Alex Ovechkin has made a habit of lighting up the Jets during his prolific career, notching 45 goals and 88 points in 61 career games against them. The Great 8 leads the NHL in goals and has already equalled last season total (33) and he averaging over a point per game (60 in 55 games), so trying to keep him in check is a top priority for the Jets.

Wheeler is dueJets captain Blake Wheeler chipped in another assist in Sunday game and he generated plenty of scoring chances for himself as well. Although his goal less drought reached a season high 14 games,
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Wheeler finished with six shots on goal and had 12 shot attempts, so it seems like it only a matter of time before he finds the back of the net again.

Find the power

The Jets power play has been clicking well this season, but it has run into a rough patch of late, going just three for 21 during the six games on this homestand. While the efficiency (83.6 %) remains fourth in the NHL, generating a bit more with the man advantage can make a huge difference when the games are so tight during the stretch run.

Capitals defenceman John Carlson is having a fantastic season and has himself in the discussion for the Norris Trophy. With nine goals and 44 points in 55 games,
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he among the top scoring blue liners and also plays against the opposition top lines on most nights.