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Game Day: Preds vs. Jets

by Brooks Bratten / Nashville Predators

(7-2-2) Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets (6-5-1)
  7 P.M. | MTS Centre
TV: FS-TN | Radio: 102.5 The Game

For the second time in 2014-15, the Nashville Predators are set to face the Winnipeg Jets in a Central Division showdown. The Preds shut out the Jets in their first visit to MTS Centre on Oct. 17, with Pekka Rinne stopping 31 shots en route to a 2-0 victory. Tonight is the second of five meetings between the two clubs on the campaign, with the final three contests scheduled to take place in Music City.

The Jets are currently riding a shutout streak of 128:27, thanks to back-to-back victories over the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks over the weekend. Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 38 shots against the Rangers on Saturday, while Michael Hutchinson stopped 33 versus the Hawks.

Preds forward Filip Forsberg is one likely candidate to solve a Winnipeg goaltender. The Swede tallied the first two-goal, three-point game of his career on Sunday night in Vancouver, a 3-1 Nashville win. Forsberg leads all NHL rookies in points (11), assists (8) and plus/minus (+13), in addition to leading the Predators in overall points.

Fellow forward James Neal also continues to see success on the scoresheet for the Preds. Neal recorded his first two assists in a Nashville uniform on Sunday, pushing him into a tie for second on the club in points (7g-2a-9pts). The month of November has also been kind to Neal throughout his career, as he's posted 54 points (25g-29a) in 54 games played during the 11th month.

Nashville has earned at least a point in 12 of 15 games against the franchise since 2005-06, going 10-3-2 in that span. Overall, the Predators are 6-3-3 as the visiting team versus the Jets/Thrashers since the 1999-00 season.
Predators Morning Skate Lines:

Forwards:

Forsberg - Ribeiro - Neal

Cullen - Roy - Smith

Jokinen - Wilson - Beck

Bourque - Gaustad - Nystrom

Defensemen:

Josi - Weber

Bartley - Jones

Ekholm - Ellis

Goaltenders:

Hutton*

Rinne


Winnipeg Morning Skate Lines (via @saraorlesky):

Forwards:

Ladd - Little - Frolik

Kane - Scheifele - Wheeler

Perreault - Lowry - Byfuglien

Galiardi - Slater - Thorburn

Defensemen:

Enstrom - Bogosian

Stuart - Trouba

Clitsome - Postma

Goaltenders:

Pavelec*

Hutchinson

*Probable Starter

Photo Credit: Kevin Wilson
Quotables:

Olli Jokinen on tonight's matchup:


"I think we played well against them [earlier] this year. Our focus has to be on what we can do. I think if we are able to play our game, we'll be fine. We're facing a good team. They've got a lot of skill up front, they're a good skating team, they like to come hard and get going early on and we have to be ready to weather the storm and go from there. The focus is more on what we can do and being ready to play. That's going to be a key tonight."

Colin Wilson on tonight's matchup:

"They seem to be bringing a lot of energy, especially at home. We know what we're going to have to do. Just get pucks behind them and try to match their intensity, play a little bit harder and a little bit faster and we should be fine."

Live from Winnipeg, Willy and Brent share what to watch for in tonight's game:

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