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Winnipeg eyes third straight victory, seventh in nine; Nashville aims to end four-game winless skid

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

JETS (12-8-1) at PREDATORS (9-7-3)

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

 

The Game

The Winnipeg Jets eye their third consecutive victory when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.

The Jets are 6-1-1 in their past eight games. 

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck will start; he's 4-1-1 with a 2.13 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in his past six starts.

The Predators, who are on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) and are 1-4-2 in their past six games, recalled defenseman Steven Santini and forward Mathieu Olivier from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Monday. Center Kyle Turris could be a healthy scratch.

 

Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games.

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games.

 

They said it

"I think we've just stuck to our game plan. We haven't strayed from it too much. No matter how the start of the game goes, we've stuck to it. I think that's been the biggest thing." -- Jets forward Mark Scheifele on their 6-1-1 stretch

"There's always going to be points in the season where you don't like your game or you've had a couple not so good ones in a row. I think it's a matter of character in the room and making sure you bear down and stay with it and work even harder if you can. I'm sure a lot of guys feel that way, including myself, that we can work a lot harder. We can be a lot better in a lot of areas." -- Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm

 

Jets projected lineup

Kyle Connor -- Mark Scheifele -- Patrik Laine

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Blake Wheeler -- Jack Roslovic

Andrew Copp -- Adam Lowry -- Mathieu Perreault

Joona Luoto -- David Gustafsson -- Logan Shaw

Josh Morrissey -- Tucker Poolman

Dmitry Kulikov -- Neal Pionk

Nathan Beaulieu -- Luca Sbisa

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Carl Dahlstrom, Michael Spacek

Injured: Mark Letestu (upper body), Mason Appleton (lower body), Bryan Little (upper body), Gabriel Bourque (lower body)

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Calle Jarnkrok -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Mathieu Olivier -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Steven Santini

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Yannick Weber, Kyle Turris

Injured: None

 

Status report

Each team held an optional morning skate. … Jets coach Paul Maurice said they will go with the same lineup. … Olivier could make his NHL debut.

 

Stat pack

Connor has 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 12 games against Nashville and will play in his 200th NHL game. … Duchene has 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 30 games against Winnipeg. … Arvidsson is one point shy of 200 in the NHL.

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