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JNGD 20 Flight Plan: To Stay Ahead Of The Predators

The Jets start what will no doubt be a tough road trip tonight in Nashville as they take on division rival and defending Western Conference champions, the Nashville Predators.

Jets Regular Season Game #20

Winnipeg Jets (12-4-3)
@
Nashville Predators (11-6-2)

November 20, 2017 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
TV: TSN 3
Radio: TSN 1260

Recently for the Jets…

The New Jersey Devils were a test that the Jets took and ended up passing with near flying colours on Saturday. It was very encouraging to see a team with the talent level that New Jersey has and probably better skating ability than what Winnipeg has, and the Jets not just hanging around in the game with them, and not just blowing up offensively in the second period, but then keeping their foot down in the third period and not giving the Devils any real chance to climb back into the game. It capped off a very successful week at home and has the Jets on a four game winning streak.

Recently for the Predators…

The Preds have been on quite the roll themselves having won six of their last seven games which included a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche this past Saturday. The Preds have been racking up these wins despite being one of the most penalized teams in the league – in fact they lead the NHL in average penalty minutes per game with 15.1 .. The Penguins and Oilers are second on that list at 12.4 which means the Preds on average take two extra penalties more than the next closest teams. (The Jets, by the way, are middle of the pack at 9.8 minutes per game) Thankfully for Nashville, they’ve had a strong penalty kill that ranks in the NHL’s top ten at 83.7 percent. The Preds can put the puck in the net with the best of them and most nights have the goaltending to carry them through to wins, they just need to work on staying disciplined.

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Recently between the two teams…

This is the first of five meetings between the two clubs, with Winnipeg in Nashville for three of the games while the Preds visit Winnipeg for the other two. Last season the Jets posted a 2-1-1 record against the eventual West champs, but gained those two wins at home. They lost 5-1 on Nov 25, 2016 in Nashville and then dropped a 5-4 overtime loss in March. In All four games, Connor Hellebuyck was the starting goalie and for his career he has a 4-2-1 record with a .925 save percentage.

Winnipeg Jets Lines

Lines courtesy DailyFaceoff.com

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
Kyle Connor
Mark Scheifele
Mark Scheifele
Blake Wheeler
Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers
Nikolaj Ehlers
Bryan Little
Bryan Little
Patrik Laine
Patrik Laine
Andrew Copp
Andrew Copp
Adam Lowry
Adam Lowry
Brandon Tanev
Brandon Tanev
Mathieu Perreault
Mathieu Perreault
Matt Hendricks
Matt Hendricks
Joel Armia
Joel Armia
Defensive Pairings
Josh Morrissey
Josh Morrissey
Jacob Trouba
Jacob Trouba
Ben Chiarot
Ben Chiarot
Dustin Byfuglien
Dustin Byfuglien
Dmitry Kulikov
Dmitry Kulikov
Tyler Myers
Tyler Myers
Goalies
Connor Hellebuyck
Connor Hellebuyck
Steve Mason
Steve Mason

Nashville Predators Lines

LW C RW
Filip Forsberg
Filip Forsberg
Ryan Johansen
Ryan Johansen
Viktor Arvidsson
Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala
Kevin Fiala
Kyle Turris
Kyle Turris
Craig Smith
Craig Smith
Pontus Aberg
Pontus Aberg
Nick Bonino
Nick Bonino
Calle Jarnkrok
Calle Jarnkrok
Cody McLeod
Cody McLeod
Colton Sissons
Colton Sissons
Miikka Salomaki
Miikka Salomaki
Defensive Pairings
Roman Josi
Roman Josi
Mattias Ekholm
Mattias Ekholm
Alexei Emelin
Alexei Emelin
P.K. Subban
P.K. Subban
Anthony Bitetto
Anthony Bitetto
Matt Irwin
Matt Irwin
Goalies
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
Juuse Saros
Juuse Saros

Gameday Prediction

The Preds are super tough at home and even though they have had a constant parade to the box, things have worked out for them so far. The Jets power play is going to be a big factor tonight and it should come through with a couple of goals as they get off on the right foot on the road: Jets win 5-3.


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