The Nashville Predators continue their three-game homestand tonight when they host the Winnipeg Jets for the first time this season. There are four meetings in total to come between the division rivals; the Preds will visit the Jets twice in 2020 before Winnipeg makes a final visit to Tennessee in March.
The Predators continue to search for a way to get back in the win column after dropping their fourth-straight game on Saturday, a 7-2 loss to Chicago at Bridgestone Arena. Overall, Nashville has won just once in their last seven tries, a trend the group is eager to fix.
In theory, a game against the Jets should bring out the best in the Preds; Nashville has won two of its last three and five of its last seven home games against Winnipeg, a team that has become one of their fiercest rivals over the past few seasons.
"The games that we played have always been good, and our guys will be excited to play them," Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. "It's a division game, and anytime we play inside of our division, it's a great hockey game, so we expect nothing different."
After reassigning forward Miikka Salomaki to Milwaukee on Sunday, the Predators recalled forward Mathieu Olivier and defenseman Steven Santini from the Admirals on Monday. Santini has a +11 rating and five assists with the Ads; Olivier has seven points and 37 penalty minutes in Milwaukee.
Neither player has ever skated in a regular-season game with the Preds, and if Olivier were to dress tonight, it would be his NHL debut.
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Last Time Out:
Roman Josi scored twice in the third period as the Predators suffered a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Blackhawks. Pekka Rinne was pulled in favor of Juuse Saros as the Preds dropped their fourth straight.
Josi leads the Preds with 20 points, followed by Ryan Ellis with 17 and Matt Duchene with 15. Filip Forsberg has scored nine goals on the season; Nick Bonino has eight and both Viktor Arvidsson and Calle Jarnkrok have six goals apiece.
The Jets are winners of two straight and four of their last five overall, including a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Mark Scheifele leads the club with 20 points, followed by Patrik Laine with 18 points, and then Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor with 16 points each. Ehlers has nine goals, Scheifele has eight and Connor has seven. Connor Hellebuyck owns a 9-6-1 record with a .927 save percentage for the Jets.
The Predators are 24-15-(1)-4 all-time against the Jets franchise, including a 15-7-(0)-0 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won two of its last three and five of its last seven home contests versus Winnipeg dating back to the 2016-17 campaign. The Preds have scored at least five goals in three of those seven games.
Overall, Nashville has earned at least a point in five of its last nine meetings with Winnipeg (4-4-1), including a 1-3-0 record against the Jets last season.
Notables Versus Winnipeg:
Roman Josi tied the Preds franchise record for assists and points in a game with five on Feb. 27, 2018, at Winnipeg. He has 20 points (3g-17a) in 25 career games versus the Jets.
Ryan Johansen is averaging more than a point-per-game in his career against Winnipeg, tallying 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points in 23 games.
Filip Forsberg has at least one point in eight of his last 11 contests against the Jets and has posted 17 points (3g-14a) in 25 career contests versus Winnipeg, and Viktor Arvidsson has produced at nearly a point-per-game pace in his 15 career meetings with the Jets (4g-10a).
When You Go:
Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. (CT) ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop. It's the second Fan Foodie Night of the season with 50 percent off of all food and soft drinks for everyone in attendance.
Watch and Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Smashville Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. with Lyndsay Rowley and Terry Crisp. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Kara Hammer have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 6 p.m. CT with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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