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JN Flight Plan #54: Nashville Predators @ Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets conclude their three game home stand tonight, but it’s not like they’ll be gone for very long as they’ll be in St. Louis on Thursday before heading back home for six more games after. Tonight’s game is a big one as the Nashville Predators are in town and it will be a great chance for the Jets to put a tiny bit of distance between them and the Preds in the standings. A loss of course would vault Nashville over the Jets and take away any good feelings we had from Saturday’s win over the Blues…

Nashville Predators (24-20-7 / 6th Central)
@
Winnipeg Jets (26-23-4 / 5th Central)

Feb 4, 2020 – Puck drop: 7:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: TSN 3 – Radio: TSN 1290

vs VGK 3-0 L Last Game vs STL 5-2 W
3-2-0 (1 L) Last 5 Games  1-4-0 (1 W)
Filip Forsberg – 18 Goal Leader Kyle Connor – 25
Roman Josi – 37 Assist Leader Mark Scheifele – 33
Roman Josi – 51 Points Leader MARK SCHEIFELE – 56
16.76% (24th) The Power Play 18.99% (21st)
74.07% (29th) The Penalty Kill 74.07% (28th)
Juuse Saros
(7-8-4 / .911 SV%)
Starting Goalie Connor Hellebuyck
(22-16-4 / .918 SV%)
W @ CGY (27-31 / .894 SV%) Last Goalie Start W vs STL (38-40 / .950 SV%)
13-9-3 ON ROAD Road v Home Record 12-12-2 AT HOME

Last Predators Game

The Vegas Golden Knights came into Nashville and pretty much dominated the Predators from start to finish. Pekka Rinne did what he could to keep his team in it, but it wasn’t enough in the end as the Preds get shutout 3-0.

Fun Predators Facts…

  • The Predators are 25-16-(1)-4 all-time against the Jets franchise, including a 10-8-(1)-4 record on the road. Overall, Nashville has earned at least a point in six of its last 11 meetings with Winnipeg (5-5-1).
  • Roman Josi tied the Preds franchise record for assists and points in a game with five on Feb. 27, 2018 at Winnipeg. He has 20 points (3g-17a) in 27 career games vs. the Jets.
  • The Nashville Predators named John Hynes the third head coach in franchise history on Jan. 7. Nashville’s Jan. 7 game vs. Boston was his first as head coach of the Predators; his first victory came on Jan. 9 at Chicago. He is 5-5-0 as head coach of Nashville.
  • Roman Josi is one point from 400 in his NHL career. Calle Jarnkrok is two assists from 100 in his NHL career.

What They’re Saying…

Going into tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, there’s no time left to waste opportunities to make up ground in the race for a playoff spot. The Nashville Predators desperately need to win games over Western Conference opponents. A huge opportunity to get on the doorstep of a playoff spot was wasted the last time out for the Predators on Saturday night when they were shut out by the Vegas Golden Knights. It was collectively one of their worst performances of the season.

Nashville Predators Running Out of Chances to Salvage Season – Pred Lines

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“At some point, we’d like to bring an outdoor game here,” Bettman said at Bridgestone Arena, prior to the Preds hosting the Maple Leafs. “If we can do it on Jan. 1, because [Nissan Stadium is] available, then that would be a good thing to do, particularly since [Nashville-based] Bridgestone is the sponsor for the Winter Classic. If the logistics of having stadium availability can’t be worked out [on New Year’s Day], then we’ll come for a Stadium Series game, provided we’re allowed to use the stadium.”

NHL Commissioners Address Outdoor Game in Nashville, Player Tracking – NHL.com


Last Jets Game

The Jets finally got a win!!

Fun Jets Facts…

  • Saturday’s win ended a five-game losing streak for the Jets. It was just the third five-game losing streak in 498 games since Paul Maurice became the team’s head coach during the 2013-14 season.
  • Kyle Connor has scored three empty net goals, while PATRIK LAINE and Blake Wheeler each have two. Wheeler leads the Jets with five points (2G, 3A) on empty net goals this season.
  • The Jets have scored in the first period in a season-high four consecutive games. The most goals the Jets have scored in the first period of a game this season is two, which has happened nine times.
  • Jack Roslovic scored twice on Saturday to establish a career high with 11 goals this season. His previous high was nine goals last season and he’s two points shy of the career high 24 points he had last season. Roslovic has four goals in his past seven games.

What We’re Saying…

As mentioned above, these two clubs are only separated by one point in the standings. Heading into the game, Winnipeg sits tied with Chicago for the first spot outside of the playoffs as they both have 56 points. Nashville is sitting with 55 points but have played two fewer games than Winnipeg has.

Essentially, if Nashville beats Winnipeg tonight, they pull ahead of the Jets by a point and continue to have two games in hand on Winnipeg. Not a good situation for the Jets.

On the other hand, if Winnipeg wins, they move three points ahead of the Predators which gives them a little breathing room even though they’ve played two more games.

WTWF: Huge Central Division Battle Against Nashville

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including power play and penalty kill lines by checking out our line combo page.

Nashville Predators Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Matt Duchene
MATT DUCHENE

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Rating: 75.6#26 LW

Ryan Johansen
RYAN JOHANSEN

Rating: 74.1#54 C

Mikael Granlund
MIKAEL GRANLUND

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Rating: 72.6#76 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 74.10#27 FL1
Filip Forsberg
FILIP FORSBERG

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Rating: 76.6#16 LW

Kyle Turris
KYLE TURRIS

Rating: 71.6#102 C

Viktor Arvidsson
VIKTOR ARVIDSSON

Rating: 75.1#27 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 74.44#13 FL2
Rocco Grimaldi
ROCCO GRIMALDI

Rating: 72.5#69 LW

Nick Bonino
NICK BONINO

Rating: 73.5#60 C

Craig Smith
CRAIG SMITH

Rating: 74.4#49 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 73.47#1 FL3
Yakov Trenin
YAKOV TRENIN

Rating: 73.1#57 LW

Colton Sissons
COLTON SISSONS

Rating: 70.2#148 C

Colin Blackwell
COLIN BLACKWELL

Rating: 72.5#61 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 71.94#3 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Roman Josi
ROMAN JOSI

Rating: 79.3#1 LD

Yannick Weber
YANNICK WEBER

Rating: 70.6#92 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 74.97#10 DL1
Jarred Tinordi
JARRED TINORDI

Rating: 73.3#47 LD

Mattias Ekholm
MATTIAS EKHOLM

Rating: 75.1#14 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 74.23#6 DL2
Dan Hamhuis
DAN HAMHUIS

Rating: 71.2#93 LD

Dante Fabbro
DANTE FABBRO

Rating: 71.6#22 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 71.39#24 DL3
GOALIES
Pekka Rinne
PEKKA RINNE

Rating: 68.7#27 G1

Juuse Saros
JUUSE SAROS

Rating: 66.8#43 G2

 

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW Forwards
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.1#13 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 77.0#22 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 74.5#32 RW

FL1 Rating
Rating: 76.21#8 FL1
Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.0#30 LW

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 75.3#25 C

Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON

Rating: 69.7#116 RW

FL2 Rating
Rating: 73.33#25 FL2
Jansen Harkins
JANSEN HARKINS
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.3#86 C

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 70.4#139 RW

FL3 Rating
Rating: 71.38#20 FL3
Gabriel Bourque
GABRIEL BOURQUE

Rating: 68.4#138 LW

Nick Shore
NICK SHORE

Rating: 70.7#133 C

Logan Shaw
LOGAN SHAW

Rating: 69.9#114 RW

FL4 Rating
Rating: 69.64#28 FL4
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS Defense
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.4#43 LD

Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK

Rating: 73.5#33 RD

DL1 Rating
Rating: 73.45#20 DL1
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV

Rating: 70.8#99 LD

Sami Niku
SAMI NIKU

Rating: 70.7#91 RD

DL2 Rating
Rating: 70.76#29 DL2
Anthony Bitetto
ANTHONY BITETTO

Rating: 69.4#111 LD

Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 71.6#77 RD

DL3 Rating
Rating: 70.54#30 DL3
GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 70.7#11 G1

Laurent Brossoit
LAURENT BROSSOIT

Rating: 64.2#60 G2