The Winnipeg Jets will begin the geographically challenged portion of their schedule Tuesday when they visit the Southeast Division rival Washington Capitals. The Jets played well in their first road contest of the season before succumbing in a 2-1 shootout loss to Boston on Monday afternoon. Chris Thorburn scored and Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 26 shots for Winnipeg, which has mustered only one goal in each game this season. Washington's offense was a bit better in Adam Oates' NHL coaching debut Saturday, but the Capitals permitted three power-play goals en route to a 6-3 setback to division foe Tampa Bay. Joel Ward scored twice and Wojtek Wolski also tallied for Washington, which traditionally gives its Verizon Center faithful a thrill in the home opener. The Capitals have won 10 consecutive such contests.
TV: 7 p.m., TSN (Winnipeg), CS Maryland (Washington)
ABOUT THE JETS (0-1-1): While Washington struggled with its penalty kill Saturday, Winnipeg has converted on only 1 of 10 power-play opportunities. "Myself, I can't be making those bad passes and not generating anything," Evander Kane said of the team's troubles with the man advantage. "That's something that we're going to have to get better at." Before he gets too down on himself, Kane did score three times as the Jets posted a 4-1-1 mark versus the Capitals last season.
ABOUT THE CAPITALS (0-1-0): Captain Alex Ovechkin registered four shots in the first 11 minutes before going silent the rest of the game Saturday. "Everybody (was) excited and you try doing more than you usually do," Ovechkin told the Washington Times. "I think (in the) first period I played well, and after that I feel kind of not that good." Ovechkin, who is joined by linemates Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson, collected four goals and two assists versus Winnipeg last season.
1. Winnipeg D Paul Postma collected his first NHL point by assisting on Thorburn's goal Monday. Postma nearly netted his first goal, but hit the post in the third period.
2. Washington D Tom Poti notched an assist Saturday as he played in a league game for the first time in over two years.
3. Capitals G Braden Holtby faced the Jets' franchise on one occasion - although it wasn't for long. The Saskatchewan native yielded three goals on five shots before being pulled in a 5-0 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers on Nov. 19, 2010.
Capitals 4, Jets 2