Know the Enemy: Predators vs Jets Preview

 

The Nashville Predators (26-24-10) will play host to the Winnipeg Jets (29-26-6) on a rare Saturday afternoon tilt that could have major implications in the Stanley Cup Playoff race. 

Although the Jets sit at the bottom of the Central Division, they are one of the hottest teams in the league.  Since Paul Maurice took over in January, the Jets have gone 10-3-1. 

The Predators are coming off a huge come from behind win against Tampa Bay on Thursday night and look to carry their momentum into Saturday.  This is up to this point the most important regular season game of the year.  An outright win would essentially gain them 4 points in the playoff standing.

 

TV/RADIO COVERAGE

Nashville: 102.5 The Game, FS-TN

Winnipeg: TSN

Live Stream: http://livetv.sx/en/eventinfo/212501_winnipeg_nashville/

Twitter Links: https://twitter.com/Fang_Faction/lists/predators-vs-jets

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Last 10 Games

Nashville: 5-2-3

Winnipeg: 6-3-1

LINE UP NEWS

Starting Goaltenders:

Name

W

L

OT

GAA

SV%

Carter Hutton

14

9

4

2.85

.904

Ondrej Pavelec

19

22

4

  2.95

.902

Nashville Injuries: G Pekka Rinne (IR,Hip), F Nick Spaling (IR; lower body)

Winnipeg Injuries: F Matt Halischuk (IR; upper body), D Grant Clitsome (IR; back)

Projected Nashville Scratches: D Victor Bartley

Projected Winnipeg Scratches: F Eric Tangradi, F Anthony Peluso, D Paul Postma

PROJECTED LINES

Ladd – Little – Frolik

Kane – Scheifele – Wheeler

Setoguchi – Jokinen – Byfuglein

Wright – Slater – Thorburn

Bogosian – Enstrom

Stuart – Trouba

Pardy – Ellerby

Pavelec

Montoya


PLAYERS TO WATCH

 1. F Blake Wheeler.  The American Olympian has been hot as of late.  He’s got 7 goals and 9 assists in his past 14 games.

2.  F Evander Kane.  When he’s healthy he’s one of the best young forwards in the league.  In 43 games played he has 15 goals and 14 assists.

3. G Ondrej Pavelec.  Pavelec has been marginal at best this season.  He is statistically near the bottom of the league in almost every major category.  Putting pressure on Pavelec will be the key for the Preds to come away with the win.

  

Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.

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