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Saros makes 28 saves, Predators shut out Jets

Turris scores only goal of game, Josi point streak ends at 12 for Nashville

by Darrin Bauming / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Saros eighth career NHL shutout

NSH@WPG: Saros boosts Predators to 1-0 win

Juuse Saros made 28 saves to notch his eighth career NHL shutout as the Predators beat the Jets, 1-0

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WINNIPEG -- Juuse Saros made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 1-0 at Bell MTS Place on Sunday.

Kyle Turris scored 11:53 into the first period for the Predators (21-16-7), who have points in four of their past five games (3-1-1).

Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets (24-18-4), who are 0-5-1 in their past six games at home.

 

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Predators defenseman Roman Josi had his point streak end at 12 games. He had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) during the streak, which was the longest active run in the NHL and is the longest by a defenseman in the League this season.

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Five minutes before Turris scored, Saros stopped Andrew Copp on a shorthanded breakway.

"I thought the guys in front of him defended really well, but anytime a goaltender gets a shutout he's got to make some huge saves," Predators coach John Hynes said. "I think one of the biggest ones I believe was when we were on the power play and we gave up a breakaway early [to Copp]. We had the game in control, and he made a huge save there. A couple big saves on [Patrik] Laine on the power play."

"His composure, rebound control, he was tracking pucks really well. So it's nice to see [him] have the game that he had and hopefully he continues that."

Copp said, "[Saros] stopped every one of them, so I don't think we did enough. I think we could have done better at getting more pucks to the point, honestly. We were holding on to a couple down there that we probably didn't need to, and once we did, we weren't getting enough people in the lane and we weren't getting enough shots there."

The Predators are 2-1-0 under Hynes, who was named the third coach in Predators history on Jan. 7.

"We've only had a few practices, but I think guys are really learning fast the new stuff," Saros said. "We've been blocking a lot of shots and boxing their guys out so we can see the puck. So it's been good so far."

Turris said, "We were coming out of our zone more clean through the middle and it creates. [It] kind of turns into more speed offensively and just more of an offensive threat."

Winnipeg is 10-10-2 at home.

"I don't think we play a whole lot different home and road," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "We were able to dominate in the past here, where we would have had a heavy line matchup unevenness for teams coming in that we don't have now. So it's going to be a flat line. We're going to have to battle every night. You're not getting that matchup dominance that maybe you used to have, in terms of shutdown pairs of D necessarily or how we move the puck."

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They said it

"The more work we get in, the more comfortable we get with the change of systems and the better we'll be. Hopefully there's more time to work moving forward." -- Predators center Kyle Turris on working with new coach John Hynes

"We have two more to go [on this home stand] and we're going to have to try to get a good feeling in our locker room and get a couple wins on home ice. We want to make this a tough place to play and it starts against Vancouver." -- Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey on trying to end the home skid

 

Need to know

Jets defenseman Tucker Poolman left the game in the first period with a lower body injury. … Turris ended a 16-game goal drought. … The Jets were shut out for the second time this season. Adam Werner made 40 saves for the Colorado Avalanche in a 4-0 win against the Jets on Nov. 12.

 

What's next

Predators: At the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; ESPN+, SNW, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; SNP, TSN3, NHL.TV)  

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