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Predators at Jets preview

Nashville seeks third win in four games; Winnipeg aims to get back on track at home

by Darrin Bauming / Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (24-20-7) at JETS (26-23-4)

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


The Game

The Nashville Predators will try for their third win in four games when they begin a four-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

Goalie Juuse Saros is expected to start for the Predators after Pekka Rinne made 36 saves in a 3-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. Nashville is 3-2-0 in its past five games after going 3-6-1 in its previous 10.

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck is expected to start for the Jets, who won for the first time in six games with a 5-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Winnipeg is 4-8-1 in its past 13 games.


Players to watch

Predators defenseman Roman Josi needs one point for 400 in the NHL. Josi would be the second Switzerland-born player in NHL history to reach the milestone (Mark Streit, 434).

Jets forward Kyle Connor has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in his past 17 games.


They said it

"The focus is on Winnipeg, really. The only thing we can control is today's game and getting ready for it and prepared for it. I'm always a big believer in short-term focus and just focusing on what's in front of you today, and today is Winnipeg." -- Predators coach John Hynes

"Look at the standings. We're right there with one another. It's an extremely important game. Not just our two teams, but everything's so close every game is going to be super important. But when you have two teams fighting for the same spot or two, it's that much bigger." -- Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey


Predators projected lineup

Matt Duchene -- Ryan Johansen -- Mikael Granlund

Filip Forsberg -- Kyle Turris -- Viktor Arvidsson

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Yakov Trenin -- Colton Sissons -- Colin Blackwell

Roman Josi -- Yannick Weber

Jarred Tinordi -- Mattias Ekholm

Dan Hamhuis -- Dante Fabbro

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Austin Watson, Matt Irwin, Calle Jarnkrok

Injured: Ryan Ellis (upper body)


Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Mason Appleton

Jansen Harkins -- Andrew Copp -- Jack Roslovic

Gabriel Bourque -- Nicholas Shore -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Neal Pionk

Dmitry Kulikov -- Sami Niku

Anthony Bitetto -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Cameron Schilling, Nathan Beaulieu

Injured: Mathieu Perreault (upper body), Adam Lowry (upper body) Carl Dahlstrom (broken hand), Mark Letestu (heart virus), Bryan Little (head), Tucker Poolman (lower body)


Status report

Jarnkrok, a forward, and Ellis, a defenseman, are each on the road trip but neither is expected to play Tuesday. Ellis skated Tuesday for the first time since he was injured Jan. 1. … Perreault, a forward, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Beaulieu was removed from injured reserve but the defenseman is not expected to play.


Stat pack

The Jets play seven of their next eight games at Bell MTS Place where they are 12-12-2 this season, and 2-7-1 in their past 10 games. … Scheifele has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in his past 14 games.

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