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Preview: Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets

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Tonight is a critical step for both of these squads if either wants to make the post-season.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:00 PM CST

Channel: TSN3

Radio: TSN1290

Winnipeg is looking to continue a stronger run of form against another underperforming Western Conference rival in the Nashville Predators. Both teams desperately need to win if they want to have a shot at nabbing a post-season spot. The Preds currently sit below the Jets in the standings and Winnipeg would be wise to take away a points-gathering opportunity with a victory. This game may end up being the difference in the Jets or Preds grabbing the final wild card spot, if all goes according to plan. Can Winnipeg continue its stretch of competent play, or will Nashville prove to be too much?

Winnipeg Jets Lineup:

Forwards

Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers - Blake Wheeler - Mason Appleton

Jansen Harkins - Andrew Copp - Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque - Nick Shore - Logan Shaw

Defense

Josh Morrissey - Neal Pionk

Dmitry Kulikov - Sami Niku

Anthony Bitetto - Luca Sbisa

Goaltenders

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Nashville Predators Lineup:

Forwards

Matt Duchene - Ryan Johansen - Mikael Granlund

Filip Forsberg - Kyle Turris - Viktor Arvidsson

Rocco Grimaldi - Nick Bonino - Craig Smith

Colin Blackwell - Colton Sissons - Yakov Trenin

Defense

Roman Josi - Dante Fabbro

Jarred Tinordi - Mattias Ekholm

Dan Hamhuis - Matt Irwin

Goaltenders

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne