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Preview: Jets at Predators

Winnipeg without defenseman Toby Enstrom; Nashville seeks sixth straight home win

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (9-11-2) at PREDATORS (9-7-3)

6 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, TSN3, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

Jets team scope

The Winnipeg Jets are 0-4-0 heading into the finale of a five-game road trip, and they'll be without defenseman Toby Enstrom, who went home to Sweden to deal with a personal matter. Enstrom has played more than 20 minutes in all but one game this season. This is the first half of a home-and-home series; the Nashville Predators come to MTS Centre on Sunday. "We've kind of had a few back-to-backs, and it's always nice to get the first win," forward Blake Wheeler said. "It's tough to beat any team twice in a row, but I think just with where our team is at right now, this game is a big one for us tonight just to get back on the right path." The Jets have scored five goals in their past four games and were limited to 16 shots on goal in a 3-1 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

 

Predators team scope

Defenseman Anthony Bitetto may return to the lineup. Bitetto missed 18 games with an upper-body injury and played two games for Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment. "It's a frustrating thing," Bitetto said. "First game, halfway through the game, I'm injured already. It was kind of frustrating, but it's been a positive five weeks getting back and getting back into shape I guess and getting my injury better. I think the biggest thing for me was going down to Milwaukee, and playing those two games was huge." The Predators recalled Bitetto from Milwaukee on Thursday along with goaltender Juuse Saros. Nashville is 7-1-1 at home, including five consecutive wins, and has killed off all 26 opposition power plays at Bridgestone Arena.

 

Jets projected lineup

Patrik Laine -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Nic Petan -- Drew Stafford

Marko Dano -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Andrew Copp -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Chris Thorburn

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Mark Stuart -- Paul Postma

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Chase De Leo, Toby Enstrom

Injured: Joel Armia (lower body), Bryan Little (lower body), Shawn Matthias (upper body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Mathieu Perreault (upper body)

 

Predators projected lineup

Viktor Arvidsson -- Ryan Johansen -- James Neal

Filip Forsberg -- Mike Ribeiro -- Craig Smith

Colin Wilson -- Mike Fisher -- Pontus Aberg

Colton Sissons -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- P.K. Subban

Anthony Bitetto -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Matt Carle

Injured: Miikka Salomaki (upper body)

 

Status report

The Jets did not hold a morning skate. Hellebuyck will start for the third straight game. … Rinne was the first goaltender off of the ice at Nashville's morning skate and is expected to start. Bitetto and Saros replace Bass and Mazanec, who were sent to Milwaukee.

 

Who's hot

Scheifele has one goal and two assists in his past five games and is third in the NHL with 23 points in 22 games. … Subban has two goals and four assists in his past four games.

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