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JNGD.S8.G47 Flight Plan: Battle for Central Supremacy

It’s a battle of the two top teams in the Central Division as the Jets are taking on the Predators in Nashville tonight. This is their second meeting of the season as they met back on October 11 with Nashville shutting out Winnipeg by a score of 3-0. While Nashville can catch Winnipeg in the standings with a victory, the Jets have played two less games and will even hold the tiebreaker of regulation plus overtime wins. Regardless of the stakes, it’s always a great time when these rivals are playing each other. A really interesting note is that the Jets have now played every single playoff opponent they have ever had, in the span of one week (MIN, ANA, VGK, NSH).

Winnipeg Jets (30-14-2)
@
Nashville Predators (28-16-4)

January 17, 2019 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

VS VGK: 4-1 WIN Last Game VS WAS: 7-2 WIN
4-1-0 (3 W) Last 5 Games 3-1-1 (1 W)
SCHEIFELE/LAINE – 25 Goal Leader FILIP FORSBERG – 18
BLAKE WHEELER – 51 Assist Leader RYAN JOHANSEN – 34
BLAKE WHEELER – 60 Points Leader RYAN JOHANSEN – 42
27.70% (3RD) The Power Play 14.20% (28TH)
81.20% (11TH) The Penalty Kill 79.20% (18TH)
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
(20-13-1 / .908 SV%)
Starting Goalie PEKKA RINNE
(17-11-3 / .915 SV%)
W VS ANA (28-31 / .903 SV%) Last Goalie Start L VS CAR (15-20) / (.750 SV%)
12-8-0 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 16-7-0 AT HOME

Predators Player To Watch

#33 Viktor Arvidsson – Right Wing

Viktor Arvidsson is putting together a solid season in Nashville despite missing a month and a half with injury before Christmas. After returning to the lineup, he’s been on a great run with nine goals in eleven games. This great play culminated in a hat-trick against the Capitals on Tuesday evening. Last season Arvidsson recorded seven points in five games against the Jets during the regular season and six points in the seven game playoff series. With such a great run recently and good numbers historically against Winnipeg, Arvidsson is the player to watch in Nashville.

Last Predators Game

As mentioned above, the Predators lit up the defending champs with a 7-2 victory over the Capitals. Arvidsson did the heavy lifting as he scored a hat-trick for Nashville. Nobody else had three points as they spread the other goals throughout the rest of the lineup.

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Predators Notes

Jets Player To Watch

#28 Jack Roslovic  – Right Wing

It’s been six games since Ehlers was injured and Roslovic made the jump to the second line alongside Little and Laine. In those six games, Roslovic has only mustered one assist. Although there has been a learning curve playing with some more skilled players, it appears that Roslovic is beginning to figure it out. He was really good against the Golden Knights as he was quick on the puck and able to generate quality chances off the rush. If he can continue utilizing his speed and skill, it won’t be long before he starts to rack up the points on the second line.

Last Jets Game

It was a game that most people circled on their calendar after last year’s crushing defeat in the Western Conference Final. This time it was the Jets who got the victory as they beat the Knights 4-1. They scored two goals off breakaways and two into an empty net in a quirky game against the Golden Knights. Laurent Brossoit was fantastic once again as he stopped 43 of 44 shots.

Jets Notes

  • Jets recall Cam Schilling from the Moose. This is the second stint with the big club this season as he made his debut earlier this year when he played four games in November.
  • The Jets are closing in on their bye week as they have all of next week off. They play in Nashville tonight and then in Dallas on Saturday before getting a full week off to recuperate before All-Star weekend.
  • This is the second game against the Preds this season. They played back in October where the Jets were shut out by a score of 3-0.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

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Nashville Predators Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Filip Forsberg
FILIP FORSBERG

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Rating: 81.1#7 LW

Ryan Johansen
RYAN JOHANSEN

Rating: 76.4#42 C

Viktor Arvidsson
VIKTOR ARVIDSSON

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Rating: 79.4#11 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 78.98#11 FL1
Kevin Fiala
KEVIN FIALA

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Rating: 75.9#28 LW

Colton Sissons
COLTON SISSONS

Rating: 73.8#61 C

Craig Smith
CRAIG SMITH

Rating: 75.8#34 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 75.17#11 FL2
Ryan Hartman
RYAN HARTMAN

Rating: 72.5#64 LW

Nick Bonino
NICK BONINO

Rating: 71.7#118 C

Austin Watson
AUSTIN WATSON

Rating: 70.9#95 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.71#16 FL3
Calle Jarnkrok
CALLE JARNKROK

Rating: 73.2#78 LW

Frederick Gaudreau
FREDERICK GAUDREAU

Rating: 70.1#160 C

Rocco Grimaldi
ROCCO GRIMALDI

Rating: 72.7#61 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.01#4 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Roman Josi
ROMAN JOSI

Rating: 82.1#1 LD

P.K. Subban
P.K. SUBBAN

Rating: 81.2#6 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 81.62#1 DL1
Mattias Ekholm
MATTIAS EKHOLM

Rating: 79.1#6 LD

Ryan Ellis
RYAN ELLIS

Rating: 80.2#9 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 79.64#1 DL2
Dan Hamhuis
DAN HAMHUIS

Rating: 71.1#95 LD

Matt Irwin
MATT IRWIN

Rating: 71.7#59 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.41#16 DL3
GOALIES
Pekka Rinne
PEKKA RINNE

Rating: 78.4#5 G1

Juuse Saros
JUUSE SAROS

Rating: 75.1#16 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 75.7#30 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 85.6#5 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 80.3#9 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 80.53#5 FL1
Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 80.0#11 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 72.6#93 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.3#98 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.31#14 FL2
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 72.6#92 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.1#76 C

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 71.1#89 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 72.28#17 FL3
Brendan Lemieux
BRENDAN LEMIEUX

Rating: 74.1#43 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.3#100 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 73.3#55 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 73.23#1 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 75.2#25 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 77.2#19 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 76.18#11 DL1
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.4#107 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.3#26 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.86#17 DL2
Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 72.0#70 LD

Joe Morrow
JOE MORROW

Rating: 69.9#94 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.96#18 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 74.4#21 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 66.2#65 G2