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Josi seeks to push point streak to 13 for Nashville; Winnipeg has won two of three

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (20-16-7) at JETS (24-17-4)

2 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-TN, NHL.TV


The Game

Roman Josi will try to extend his point streak to 13 games when the Nashville Predators visit the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

The Predators defenseman has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) during his 12-game streak, the longest active run in the NHL.

The Predators have points in three of their past seven games (2-4-1) after going 4-0-1 in their previous five.

The Jets completed a four-game road trip with a 5-4 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday but had points in the three previous games on the trip (2-0-1).

Winnipeg has won four straight against Nashville, including a 2-1 win at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 19.


Players to watch

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne became the 12th goalie in NHL history to score a goal and made 29 saves in a 5-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.

Jets center Mark Scheifele has 11 points in his past six games (five goals, six assists), and leads Winnipeg in scoring against the Central Division this season with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 14 games.


They said it

"I think they're hungry, for sure. Everybody wants to show [Predators new coach John Hynes] they want more minutes and they want to play in a bigger role. So I think that's something we need to be, not afraid of, but respect." -- Jets forward Patrik Laine


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Calle Jarnkrok -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Yakov Trenin -- Kyle Turris -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Yannick Weber

Dan Hamhuis -- Mattias Ekholm

Jarred Tinordi -- Matt Irwin

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Colin Blackwell, Alexandre Carrier

Injured: Ryan Ellis (upper body), Dante Fabbro (upper body), Colton Sissons (lower body)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Gabriel Bourque -- Nicholas Shore -- Mason Appleton

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Anthony Bitetto -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Carl Dahlstrom, Jansen Harkins, Sami Niku

Injured: Mark Letestu (heart virus), Bryan Little (head), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body)

Suspended: Dustin Byfuglien


Status report

Bonino missed practice for personal reasons Saturday but is expected to play. … Fabbro practiced Saturday. The forward has missed the past four games. … Ellis and Sissons will not travel to Winnipeg, according to coach John Hynes. … Wheeler didn't practice Saturday but is expected to play, according to Jets coach Paul Maurice. … The Jets assigned forward Logan Shaw to Manitoba of the American Hockey League on Friday.


Stat pack

Connor has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past six games. … Wheeler has six points (one goal, five assists) during a four-game point streak. … Ekholm has four assists during a four-game point streak. … Smith has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games.

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