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Game Day Thread: Jets at Predators

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The Winnipeg Jets fly to Nashville to take on the Predators in the fourth game of a five-game road trip.

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With a 1-2 record on their current road trip and sitting a staggering seven points out of a playoff spot (despite being just 3 points out of 8th in the conference, plus a game in hand), the Jets take on the Nashville Predators tonight in Nashville.

While that may sound all doomy and gloomy, this game is actually a pretty important one.  You see, it's Nashville that currently occupies the final wild card playoff spot in the Western Conference, so a win tonight puts the Jets right back in the thick of the playoff race.  In addition, while the Jets are seven points out of the playoffs for the season, they're actually 8-4 with Connor Hellebuyck and his shockingly-not-crazy-because-it's-Hellbuyck .929 SV% in goal.

Bottom line: the Jets actually still have a decent shot at the playoffs (if continue to start Connor Hellebuyck) and this game could have pretty big playoff implications.

Projected Lineups

Winnipeg Jets

Drew StaffordBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Andrew LaddAdam LowryAlexander Burmistrov

Mathieu PerreaultMark ScheifeleNikolaj Ehlers

Chris ThorburnAndrew CoppJoel Armia

Jacob TroubaDustin Byfuglien

Tobias EnstromTyler Myers

Mark StuartBen Chiarot

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Nashville Predators

Filip ForsbergMike RibeiroCraig Smith

Viktor ArvidssonColin WilsonJames Neal

Cody HodgsonMike FisherCalle Jarnkrok

Eric NystromPaul GaustadMiikka Salomaki

Roman JosiShea Weber

Mattias EkholmRyan Ellis

Barret JackmanSeth Jones

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton