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Preview and GDT: Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators

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Jets can clinch a playoff berth with a win, or a single point combined with an Anaheim loss.

Winnipeg Jets v Nashville Predators
Not the only fight Benny’s been in lately.
Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Time: 6:00 PM CDT

Channel: SN360, SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-TN

Radio: TSN1290

The last time these two played, Winnipeg was playing the second half of a back-to-back and Nashville was rested. With the shoe now on the other foot, can the Jets capitalize?

Will Patrik Laine overtake Alex Ovechkin in the goal scoring race?

Will Nashville make Winnipeg wait longer to clinch a playoff spot?

Tune in tonight, same Jets time (6 p.m. CDT) same Jets...channels (SN360, SNE, SNO, SNP)

Winnipeg Jets: 45-19-10

Stat Leaders:

Goals: Patrik Laine (43)

Assists: Blake Wheeler (64)

Points: Wheeler (83)

Goalie Stat Leaders:

Wins: Connor Hellebuyck (38)

Goals Against Average: Hellebuyck (2.34)

Save Percentage: Hellebuyck (.924)

Minutes: Hellebuyck (3,596)

Special Teams: PP 23.1% (4th), PK 82.9% (5th)

Nashville Predators: 48-16-10

Stat Leaders:

Goals: Viktor Arvidsson (27)

Assists: P.K. Subban, (38)

Points: Arvidsson (56)

Goalie Stat Leaders:

Wins: Pekka Rinne (40)

Goals Against Average: Rinne (2.27)

Save Percentage: Rinne (.928)

Minutes: Rinne (3,273)

Special Teams: PP 20.6% (13th), PK 82.6% (7th)

PREDICTION: JETS 5 PREDS 2

OPPONENT’S BLOG: ON THE FORECHECK

Winnipeg Jets (45-19-10)

FORWARDS

81 Kyle Connor/ 55 Mark Scheifele/ 26 Blake Wheeler

27 Nikolaj Ehlers/ 25 Paul Stastny/ 29 Patrik Laine

85 Mathieu Perreault/ 9 Andrew Copp/ 18 Bryan Little

13 Brandon Tanev/ 17 Adam Lowry/ 40 Joel Armia

DEFENCE

44 Josh Morrissey/ 57 Tyler Myers

7 Ben Chiarot/ 33 Dustin Byfuglien

70 Joe Morrow/ 3 Tucker Poolman

STARTING GOALIE

37 Connor Hellebuyck

Riding the pine: 1 Eric Comrie

Scratched: 52 Jack Roslovic, 16 Shawn Matthias, 56 Marko Dano

Injured: 34 Michael Hutchinson (concussion, out indefinitely), 35 Steve Mason (lower body, out 2-3 weeks from March 8), 15 Matt Hendricks (lower body, out six to eight weeks), 8 Jacob Trouba (concussion, out indefinitely), 5 Dmitry Kulikov (back, three to four weeks from March 8), 39 Toby Enstrom (out until the playoffs)

Nashville Predators (48-16-10)

FORWARDS

9 Filip Forsberg - 92 Ryan Johansen - 33 Viktor Arvidsson

22 Kevin Fiala - 8 Kyle Turris - 15 Craig Smith

38 Ryan Hartman - 13 Nick Bonino - 17 Scott Hartnell

10 Colton Sissons - 12 Mike Fisher - 20 Miikka Salomaki

DEFENCE

59 Roman Josi - 4 Ryan Ellis

14 Mattias Ekholm - 76 P.K. Subban

25 Alexei Emelin - 52 Matt Irwin

STARTING GOALIE

35 Pekka Rinne

Riding the pine: 72 Juuse Saros

Scratched: 2 Anthony Bitetto

Injured: 19 Calle Jarnkrok (upper body, out for regular season), 51 Austin Watson (did not finish last night’s game), 7 Yannick Weber (left early in the first period against Minnesota)