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Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets: Fasten Your Seatbelts

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The Predators are looking to ground the Jets twice this weekend. There will be turbulence.

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The Nashville Predators have two meetings with the Winnipeg Jets this weekend. Tonight will mark their first match-up of the season and if last November was any indication this weekend will be nothing short of entertaining.

Nashville seems to have found their stride over the course of November and will be looking to secure another win at the Bridge before hitting the road again. Winnipeg on the other hand is siting at the bottom of the central with Colorado. If Nashville has any say in it, that’s where they’ll stay.

The Winnipeg Jets

Like Nashville, the Jets are having a streaky season. They’re 9-11-2 going into tonight’s contest and 3-7-2 on the road. Winnipeg will be looking to break a four game losing streak, and the Predators should expect a physical game.

Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine have been the Jets’ scoring force and have a combined 23 goals between them. Shutting them down will be the key to shutting down Winnipeg’s offense entirely.

Goaltending seems to be a flight risk whichever way you spin it. Connor Hellebuyck has a save percentage of .912 and a goals against average of 2.58. He’s won seven of his fourteen starts this season and while it’s nothing to write home about his relief in Michael Hutchinson hasn’t been much better. Hutchinson has a save percentage of .896 and a goals against average of 3.26.

With James Neal, P.K. Subban, and Viktor Arvisson having hot hands lately and Filip Forseberg and Ryan Johansen finding their groove, it could be a long night for Hellebuyck or Hutchinson.

The Nashville Predators

The Predators are looking to close out a week of strong home-ice performances against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars with another big division win over the Jets.

Filip Forsberg had two points against Dallas, including a goal, while P.K. Subban notched a multi-goal game against Tampa Bay. James Neal and Viktor Arvidsson picked up some additional goals for themselves along the way. Nashville could be on an offensive tear if Forsberg is finally ignited.

The Predators reassigned Marek Mazanec to the Admirals yesterday and re-called Juuse Saros. This doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see Saros in goal tonight but it could be a possibility. Anthony Bitetto was also re-called from his conditioning assignment after it was announced that Cody Bass and Matt Carle were placed on waivers Wednesday.

Reasons to Watch

  • Filip Forsberg scored against Dallas, his second goal of the year, which could indicate the start of a scoring streak. If that’s the case, expect him to be a total nightmare for Winnipeg.
  • Colin Wilson showed us some glimpses of “Playoff Colin Wilson” earlier this week. If he can find a way to finish and bury the puck Nashville will become absolutely filthy.
  • Roman Josi hasn’t had the best start this season. Adjusting to a new defensive partner hasn’t been easy but he reminded everyone earlier this week against Tampa Bay that he is still one of the best defensemen in the league. I imagine we could see a Josi multi-point or multi-goal game at any time now.

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Sights and Sounds

You can catch the game on FS-TN locally and listen to it on 102.5 The Game. You can also stream the game via the Fox Sports GO app. Puck drops at 5:00 pm CST.