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JNGD.S8G4 Flight Plan: Rematch In Music City

The Jets hit the road to visit the Nashville Predators in what will be a rematch of last season’s playoff battle. Everyone from around the league has been looking forward to this matchup since the end of the extremely entertaining seven game series in May. Tempers are likely to run hot as these teams aren’t friends and likely have scores to settle from last season. Both Nashville and Winnipeg are projected Stanley Cup contenders this season and it’s the first real test for both clubs. It’s shaping up to be a fun night in Music City.

Winnipeg Jets (2-1-0)
@
Nashville Predators (2-1-0)

October 11, 2018 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TV
TV: TSN3 – Radio: TSN 1290

Kyle Connor – 3 Goal Leader Viktor Arvidsson – 2
Four Players – 2 Assist Leader Four Players – 2
Kyle Connor – 4 Points Leader Ekholm / Subban – 3
25% (Tied 12th) The Power Play 0% (Tied 15th)
72.73% (22nd) The Penalty Kill 66.67% (Tied 27th)
Connor Hellebuyck
(2-1-0 / .926 Sv%)
Starting Goalie Pekka Rinne
(1-1-0 / .921 Sv%)

Jets Notebook

  • The Winnipeg Jets are coming off a convincing 2-1 victory against the Kings on Tuesday night. While the final score was close, the gameplay was not as the Jets out-shot Los Angeles 39-17.
  • This is an important game for the Jets as they are playing their third Central Division opponent in the first four games. Even though it’s early, the Central Division is shaping up to be the toughest in hockey and the Jets will need to perform well against their own division.
  • Kyle Connor has been the hottest Jet to start the year (and I don’t mean just the flow) with a goal in each game so far. This has made the Scheifele line extremely dangerous in the early going and will hopefully open up some opportunities for some other lines to contribute.

 

Predators Notebook

  • Nashville is coming off a terrible home opener that saw them get shutout by the Calgary Flames after raising some controversial banners to the rafters.

  •  At Jetsnation, we saw an opportunity to make a nice, little update to the banners for a more realistic portrayal.

  • All kidding aside, the Predators have got off to a decent start this year and it’s been led by the defense. PK Subban and Mattias Ekholm are leading the team in points as they both have a goal and two assists.
  • The special teams have not been kind to the Predators in the early going. They are yet to score a power play goal in six attempts and their penalty kill is operating at 66.7% which puts them 27th in the league.
  • The area that Nashville is excelling is their shots on goal. They are averaging 33 shots per game which puts them in the upper half of the league.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.1#19 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 83.3#8 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.2#4 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.53#6 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.5#31 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.4#69 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 81.6#3 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 76.85#2 FL2
Kristian Vesalainen
KRISTIAN VESALAINEN
Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 72.1#105 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 74.4#35 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.23#5 FL3
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 70.7#98 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.9#83 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.5#102 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.33#10 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.2#31 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.2#17 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.70#16 DL1
Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.2#84 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 80.9#8 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 76.07#5 DL2
Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 71.7#74 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.7#28 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 73.67#2 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 76.8#9 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 69.3#56 G2

Nashville Predators Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Filip Forsberg
FILIP FORSBERG

Rating: 82.5#6 LW

Ryan Johansen
RYAN JOHANSEN

Rating: 76.0#37 C

Viktor Arvidsson
VIKTOR ARVIDSSON

Rating: 78.6#9 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 79.02#12 FL1
Kevin Fiala
KEVIN FIALA

Rating: 75.6#30 LW

Kyle Turris
KYLE TURRIS

Rating: 74.4#55 C

Craig Smith
CRAIG SMITH

Rating: 75.8#26 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.26#13 FL2
Calle Jarnkrok
CALLE JARNKROK

Rating: 72.6#90 LW

Nick Bonino
NICK BONINO

Rating: 70.8#136 C

Ryan Hartman
RYAN HARTMAN

Rating: 72.5#59 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.97#18 FL3
Miikka Salomaki
MIIKKA SALOMAKI

Rating: 69.1#127 LW

Colton Sissons
COLTON SISSONS

Rating: 72.5#94 C

Frederick Gaudreau
FREDERICK GAUDREAU

Rating: 70.6#90 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 70.73#16 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Roman Josi
ROMAN JOSI

Rating: 81.4#1 LD

Ryan Ellis
RYAN ELLIS

Rating: 80.4#10 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 80.90#1 DL1
Mattias Ekholm
MATTIAS EKHOLM

Rating: 77.2#10 LD

P.K. Subban
P.K. SUBBAN

Rating: 81.1#6 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 79.14#1 DL2
Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 68.5#123 LD

Yannick Weber
YANNICK WEBER

Rating: 70.0#87 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 69.23#31 DL3
GOALIES
Pekka Rinne
PEKKA RINNE

Rating: 79.1#6 G1

Juuse Saros
JUUSE SAROS

Rating: 74.4#20 G2

Be sure to check out our Twitter feed for any late mid-day updates to the game lineups!

Tonight’s officials

Referees: Frederick L’Ecuyer (17) & Ian Walsh (29)

Linesmen: Jonny Murray (95) & Pierre Racicot (65)