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GDT: Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators

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It's Groundhog day! Wait, no it isn't. That's a week or so from now. It just feels like it. Haven't the Jets just played this team? Huh! Seems like they keep playing the Predators over and over again...

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The Winnipeg Jets are coming off a few days rest, and hope to have all guns blazing when they take on the Nashville Predators this evening.  Well, some of the guns anyway.  Mark Scheifele, Drew Stafford,  and Adam Lowry are all on the IR, while Alexander Burmistrov is working thru some bumps and bruises, and will be a game time decision.  Ondrej Pavelec is still on the mend from his long term IR.  With the open roster spots comes opportunity, as Joel Armia, JC Lipon and Connor Hellebuyck are making believers out of fans and Jets management. The Jets are coming off a 2-1 loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, and sit 6 points out of the final wild card spot. Tonight's opponents, the Nashville Predators, are coming off a 4-1 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, and are currently out of a wild card spot by 3 points.  Last week during the last meeting between these teams, there was some bad blood brewing.  With some added muscle in the Jets lineup, there literally could be blood.  On the ice, that is.

TV:

7pm CST, TSN 3, TSN 1290,  FS-TN Radio: 102.5 The Game

Winnipeg Jets Projected Lineup as per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun:

Andrew Ladd - Bryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Joel Armia - Mathieu PerreaultNikolaj Ehlers

Chris Thorburn - Alexander Burmistrov or Andrew Copp - Matt Halischuk

JC Lipon- Patrice Cormier or Andrew Copp - Anthony Peluso

Jacob TroubaDustin Byfuglien

Toby EnstromTyler Myers

Mark StuartBen Chiarot

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Please note that Burmi is a game time decision, and if a no go, then Copp moves to the third, and Cormier comes in centering the 4th.  Got it?  Good.

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Nashville Predators Projected Lineup as per Brian Munz of TSN1290:

Kevin Filia - Ryan JohansenJames Neal

Filip ForsbergMike RibeiroCalle Jarnkrok

Craig SmithMike FisherEric Nystrom

Miikka SalomakiPaul GaustadCody Bass

Roman JosiShea Weber

Mattias EkholmRyan Ellis

Anthony BitettoBarret Jackman

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Player to boo mercilessly:

Again, James Neal is a magnet for this type of stuff!

Prediction:

Jets 4-1.  Maybe.  It could happen! It did last time.

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