The Winnipeg Jets entered Monday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators knowing they probably needed seven wins in a row to make a miracle run at a playoff spot. In the end, they couldn’t even manage one.
The Winnipeg Jets have been one of the best home teams in the NHL this season, due in large part to the emotional high the city has been riding since the league announced plans to return here last spring.
The Ottawa Senators are still in the neighbourhood of .500 despite losing some key players of late. Can they climb back into the playoff picture now that Sergei Gonchar and Filip Kuba are ready to return?
In 20 years, they have run the gamut: from one man’s impossible dream to real life financial nightmare and bankruptcy, from on-ice laughingstock to one of the NHL’s elite teams. Twenty years and 10 months after the Ottawa Senators shocked the world, to paraphrase Muhammad Ali, by landing an National Hockey League franchise against all odds, they are starting over in a way.