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Nashville aims to extend first-place lead; Winnipeg in position to clinch playoff berth

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

PREDATORS (48-16-10) at JETS (45-19-10)

7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-TN, NHL.TV


The Game

The Winnipeg Jets can clinch a berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a win against the Nashville Predators at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

The Jets, winners of four straight and eight points ahead of the Minnesota Wild for second in the Central Division, can also clinch with one point against Nashville and if the Edmonton Oilers defeat the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

The Predators are six points ahead of the Jets for first place and playing the second of a back to back after a 4-1 loss to the Wild on Saturday. 

Nashville could be without defenseman Yannick Weber, who left at 6:48 of the first period after he was hit by Marcus Foligno, and forward Austin Watson, who did not play in the third period.


Players to watch

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 12 games. 

Jets forward Patrik Laine has 26 points (18 goals, eight assists) in 17 games. 


They said it

"We'll use [this loss] as some motivation here to play with some aggression going into the game [against the Jets]. We've got to get back to our winning ways. We're looking forward to dropping the puck." -- Predators forward Ryan Johansen

"They're a really good team, we always seem to have really close games against these guys. It's something that's become a pretty good rivalry, they're physical games, they're fast games and it should be exciting. They're coming in on a back to back and we need to have a good start tonight." -- Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith

Scott Hartnell -- Nick Bonino -- Ryan Hartman

Colton Sissons -- Mike Fisher -- Miikka Salomaki

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin -- Matt Irwin

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto

Injured: Calle Jarnkrok (upper body), Austin Watson (undisclosed), Yannick Weber (undisclosed)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Paul Stastny -- Patrik Laine

Mathieu Perreault -- Andrew Copp -- Bryan Little

Brandon Tanev -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Tyler Myers

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Tucker Poolman -- Joe Morrow
Connor Hellebuyck

Eric Comrie

Scratched: Shawn Matthias, Marko Dano, Jack Roslovic

Injured: Steve Mason (lower body), Dmitry Kulikov (lower body), Matt Hendricks (lower body), Michael Hutchinson (concussion), Jacob Trouba (upper body), Toby Enstrom (lower body)


Status report

Nashville did not hold a morning skate … Trouba practiced in a non-contact jersey Saturday. … Enstrom is being shut down for the rest of the regular season but is expected to be back for the playoffs. 


Stat pack

Arvidsson has four points (goal, three assists) in his past four games. … Wheeler has seven points (goal, six assists) in a five-game point streak.

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