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The fight for first in the Central continues tonight at Bell MTS Centre

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:00 CST

TV: TSN 3

Radio: TSN 1290

Introduction:

Familiarity breeds contempt, and in the case of the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators, that contempt leads to some hockey. These teams know each other very well as Central Division rivals, and courtesy of an epic seven game playoff series last season. Both teams are incorporating new players into their lineups post trade deadline. Paul Maurice looks like he has turned on the line blender again pairing Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers with new Jet Kevin Hayes.

Connor Hellebuyck is out tonight due to illness and Laurent Brossoit gets the start in goal. Eric Comrie has been called up from the Moose as back up. Bryan Little looks to move to wing on the fourth, or more accurately 3(b) line. Both the Jets and Predators are trying to fight off the hard charging St. Louis Blues in the standings. This is time for the Jets to start channeling their playoff selves from last season and beat a division rival at home.

Random Prediction:

First points tonight as Jets for newcomers Kevin Hayes and Nathan Beaulieu

WINNIPEG JETS

Forwards

Patrik Laine/Mark Scheifele/Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor/Kevin Hayes/Nik Ehlers

Mathieu Perreault/Andrew Copp/Jack Roslovic

Brendan Tanev/Adam Lowry/Bryan Little

Defence

Nathan Beaulieu/Jacob Trouba

Dmitry Kulikov/Tyler Myers

Ben Chiarot/Sami Niku

Goalies

Laurent Brossoit

Eric Comrie

Injuries

D Josh Morrissey, D Dustin Byfuglien, D Joe Morrow, D Bogdan Kiselevich, Connor Hellebuyck

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Forwards

Filip Forsberg/Ryan Johansen/Viktor Arvidsson

Mikael Granlund/Kyle Turris/Calle Jarnkrok

Wayne Simmonds/Brian Boyle/Rocco Grimaldi

Cody McLeod/Nick Bonino/Colton Sissons

Defence

Roman Josi/Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm/P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin/Yannick Weber

Goalies

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Injuries

F Miikka Salomaki, F Zac Rinaldo, F Craig Smith, D Dan Hamhuis