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JN Flight Plan: Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets recently wrapped up a four game road trip where they picked up five out of a possible eight points. This week they get to enjoy some home cooking as they play three straight games at Bell MTS Place this week. Tonight’s the first game of the homestand as the Predators come to town. With Nashville sitting five points back of Winnipeg, this game is very important in the standings. Currently, both Winnipeg and Nashville are on the outside looking in as Edmonton and Vancouver have recently grabbed the wildcard spots. With both Winnipeg and Nashville desperate for two points, this should be a fun game to watch.

Nashville Predators (20-16-7 / 5th Central)
@
Winnipeg Jets (24-17-4 / 4th Central)

Jan 12, 2020 – Puck drop: 1:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

VS CHI 5-2 W Last Game VS BOS 5-4 L
2-2-1 (1 W) Last 5 Games  2-2-1 (1 L)
FILIF FORSBERG – 15 Goal Leader SCHEIFELE/CONNOR – 22
ROMAN JOSI – 32 Assist Leader MARK SCHEIFELE – 29
ROMAN JOSI – 46 Points Leader MARK SCHEIFELE – 51
17.10% (24TH) The Power Play 21.20% (11TH)
73.70% (30TH) The Penalty Kill 73.00% (31ST)
PEKKA RINNE
(15-9-3 / .895 SV%)
Starting Goalie CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
(20-12-4 / .919 SV%)
W VS CHI (29-31 / .935 SV%) Last Goalie Start W VS TOR (25-28 / .893 SV%)
10-8-3 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 10-9-2 AT HOME

Last Predators Game

Nashville got off to an early lead thank to an Arvidsson goal in the opening minutes. They doubled their lead a few minutes later off a Chicago turnover and ended up leading 3-0 after the first period. They never looked back as they cruised to a 5-2 final.

Fun Predators Fact…

  • With the firing of Peter Laviolette a few weeks ago, the Nashville Predators are now using just their third head coach in team history. Since coming into the league in 1998, they used Barry Trotz from 1998-2014 and then Peter Laviolette from 2014-2020. In the 22 year history of the club, only going through two coaches is absolutely outstanding.
  • If you think that’s consistency, check out the list of GM’s for the franchise. Here’s a hint, there’s one person on it. Yes, David Poile has been the GM since day one in Nashville making him the longest tenured GM in the NHL.
  • Last but not least, Pekka Rinne scored the first goaltender goal since 2013 as he hit the open net against the Blackhawks. This makes him the 12th goalie to ever score an NHL goal. Crazy stuff from the long-time netminder.

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What They’re Saying…

“Hynes is hopefully focusing on being better on the penalty kill. Penalties are inevitable, and your team has to be reliable enough to get big penalty kills when a call doesn’t go your way or when taking a penalty is sometimes necessary.”

Two Weaknesses John Hynes Can Fix Quickly – predlines.com


Last Jets Game

It was a high scoring affair as the Jets wrapped up their third game in four nights against the Bruins. The teams went back and forth all game long as Winnipeg opened the scoring only to have Boston tie it. Winnipeg scored again and Boston tied again. Then it was the Bruins turn to go ahead in the game, but Winnipeg came back and tied it. Again, Winnipeg scored the go ahead goal but then Boston tied the game again. The game of ping pong went back and forth until the Bruins finally took the lead in the third period. They scored two quick goals and were able to hold the lead to take the victory.

Fun Jets Facts…

  • In the current lineup, only two players have averaged a point per game against the Predators in their career. Kyle Connor has 13 points in 13 games while Mason Appleton has one point in one game. Both Scheifele and Wheeler have had a few struggles against Nashville throughout their career.
  • With his goal against the Bruins on Thursday, Andrew Copp has now reached 100 points for his career. In the same game, Laine recorded the 100th assist of his career.
  • Usually a stronghold for Winnipeg, Bell MTS Place hasn’t been that way in the current year. The Jets are 10-9-2 at home this year and they’ve gone winless in their last five home games (0-4-1)

What We’re Saying…

“It’s not like Bitetto or Luca Sbisa are shutdown defensemen. It’s not like ANY of the Jets defensemen have been lock-down stalwarts on their own blueline. I get that Niku does have to work on his play without the puck, be smarter in his own end of the ice, and not get visibly frustrated to the point where it throws off his game, but what I don’t get is this feeling we get from Paul Maurice that somehow replacing Sbisa or Bitetto in the lineup with Niku seems like it would be a downgrade.”

The Jets Day After: You Share Your Thoughts (And I Comment On Them)

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You can also get up to the minute lineup combos for the Jets
including power play and penalty kill lines by checking out our line combo page.

Nashville Predators Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Filip Forsberg
FILIP FORSBERG

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Rating: 76.3#19 LW

Ryan Johansen
RYAN JOHANSEN

Rating: 73.3#68 C

Viktor Arvidsson
VIKTOR ARVIDSSON

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Rating: 75.3#29 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.95#16 FL1
Calle Jarnkrok
CALLE JARNKROK

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Rating: 72.8#82 LW

Matt Duchene
MATT DUCHENE

Rating: 76.2#26 C

Mikael Granlund
MIKAEL GRANLUND

Rating: 73.1#54 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.04#14 FL2
Rocco Grimaldi
ROCCO GRIMALDI

Rating: 73.5#50 LW

Nick Bonino
NICK BONINO

Rating: 74.0#55 C

Craig Smith
CRAIG SMITH

Rating: 75.6#24 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 74.39#2 FL3
Yakov Trenin
YAKOV TRENIN

Rating: 73.2#60 LW

Kyle Turris
KYLE TURRIS

Rating: 70.6#142 C

Colin Blackwell
COLIN BLACKWELL

Rating: 73.6#44 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 72.47#2 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Roman Josi
ROMAN JOSI

Rating: 80.0#1 LD

Yannick Weber
YANNICK WEBER

Rating: 70.1#97 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 75.06#11 DL1
Dan Hamhuis
DAN HAMHUIS

Rating: 70.8#108 LD

Mattias Ekholm
MATTIAS EKHOLM

Rating: 75.4#16 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 73.09#19 DL2
Jarred Tinordi
JARRED TINORDI

Rating: 72.9#59 LD

Matt Irwin
MATT IRWIN

Rating: 70.7#112 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.78#18 DL3
GOALIES
Pekka Rinne
PEKKA RINNE

Rating: 68.9#25 G1

Juuse Saros
JUUSE SAROS

Rating: 65.6#47 G2

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 78.5#10 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 79.3#11 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 74.7#34 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 77.51#6 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 76.0#20 LW

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 76.5#14 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.7#135 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.41#12 FL2
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.8#61 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 70.0#154 C

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 69.6#135 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 70.79#25 FL3
Gabriel Bourque
GABRIEL BOURQUE

Rating: 68.0#145 LW

Nick Shore
NICK SHORE

Rating: 70.7#134 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 69.6#122 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.44#28 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.7#39 LD

Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN

Rating: 71.4#80 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 72.57#30 DL1
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 71.3#97 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 73.6#34 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 72.42#27 DL2
Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 69.5#119 LD

Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 71.5#93 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.50#30 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 71.2#12 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 65.1#55 G2