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Winnipeg goes for fifth straight win; Aberg in for suspended Watson

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

JETS (12-4-3) at PREDATORS (11-6-2)

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

 

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets will try for their fifth straight win when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

The Jets are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games and are 5-2-2 on the road. Defenseman Ben Chiarot will replace Toby Enstrom in the lineup alongside Dustin Byfuglien. Enstrom is expected to miss eight weeks with a lower-body injury.

Forward Pontus Aberg was recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Monday and will play. Forward Austin Watson was suspended for two games for boarding Colorado Avalanche forward Dominic Toninato on Saturday.

Nashville, which has won six of its past seven games, also recalled goalie Juuse Saros from Milwaukee. He will back up Pekka Rinne.

 

Players to watch

Jets forward Patrik Laine has nine points (six goals, three assists) during an eight-game point streak. 

Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm has three goals and six points in his past three games. 

 

They said it

"It's been long. It's been a process. You start to lose your mind a little bit when you're skating in circles every day like that, but it should all pay off. It's keeping yourself in shape." -- Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot on staying in shape when he was out of the lineup

"It was good for me to get. I didn't play the last three or four games. To get down there and get the minutes I don't get up here usually and get the power play and get the opportunities to score every night, it was good for me. I enjoyed going down there." -- Predators forward Pontus Aberg on his conditioning assignment in Milwaukee

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Bryan Little -- Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Brandon Tanev

Mathieu Perreault -- Matt Hendricks -- Joel Armia

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Steve Mason

Scratched: Marko Dano, Tucker Poolman, Shawn Matthias

Injured: Toby Enstrom (lower body)

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith

Pontus Aberg -- Nick Bonino -- Calle Jarnkrok

Cody McLeod -- Colton Sissons -- Miikka Salomaki

Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin -- Anthony Bitetto

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Frederick Gaudreau

Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee), Scott Hartnell (lower body), Yannick Weber (lower body)

Suspended: Auston Watson

 

Status report

The Jets had an optional morning skate. … Aberg skated with Bonino and Jarnkrok on the third line, and Salomaki moved to Watson's spot on the fourth line. ... Gaudreau was recalled from Milwaukee on Monday and likely will be scratched.

 

Stat pack

Wheeler has 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 23 games against the Predators. … Johansen has 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 14 games against the Jets. ... Smith has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past three games. ... Hellebuyck has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his 14 starts.

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