Rinne leads Predators over Jets 3-0

Rinne leads Predators over Jets 3-0
Pekka Rinne leads Predators to shutout win over Jets
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The Winnipeg Jets are Set To face The Nashville Predators On Thursday Night. This will be the first time the two teams will face each other since the Jets Beat the Predators in game 7 of the Western Conference Semi-Final. Last years Western Conference Semi-Finals playoff matchup was perhaps one of the most fun and intense matchups played throughout the entire playoffs. The Jets eventually lost to the Vegas Golden Knights who in turn Lost in the Stanley Cup finals to the Washington Capitals. Both teams sit tied with four points to start off the year. Each team has won two games and lost one.

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The matchup has the potential to be one of the best games yet this season. After last years playoff matchup you can expect to be entertained by Thursday nights game in Nashville. Before the game, there are some things that you might want to look our for while watching.

The drama might not be quite the same as last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs showdown, but any game between the Jets and Predators has the potential to be high-paced and full of excitement.

Kyle Connor has arguably been the best Winnipeg Jet throughout the first three games of the season. He has already scored three goals and one assist to start the season. He has been the one that has kept this team afloat to start the season and it makes sense why. Kyle Connor has been playing on the Left Wing on a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler which are pretty much the best line mates he could ask for on Winnipeg. The first line has been by far the best line for the Jets. Scheifele and Wheeler each have recorded 3 points in 3 games as well. If the Jets have any chance of beating the Predators, the top line will have to be at there best to get past the Predators elite defensive core.

Winnipeg practised at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday and then flew to Tennessee to take on the Preds Thursday night in an early-season battle between the two bitter Central Division rivals.

Many Jets fans are not pleased with the slow start to the season that key players like Nikolaj Ehlers and Brian Little have had. As worried as Jets fans may be, Nashville Predators fans should be even more worried. This is not to say that the Predators will not light it up on Thursday night or that they cannot catch up and start performing, It may just be a slow start to the season, but as it stands now, the Jets need to capitalize on the Predators forwards slow offensive start. The highest scoring forwards on their team are Victor Arvidsson, Colton Sissons, Kyle Turris, Craig Smith, and Filip Forsberg who each have 2 points. It is the defence who have really taken the most charge offensively. P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekhlom each have 3 points. Ryan Ellis also has 2 points to start the season. It seems as though the Predators defense is doing just as much defensively as they are offensivley. If Winnipeg can figure out how to contain the defence (especially Subban, Ekhlom, And Ellis) then they might have a decent shot of taking home the win. Although the Predators have had a slow offensive start, this does not mean that the Jets will win or have an advantage going into the game. The Predators forwards will be hungry to generate offence and may very well be a strong challenge to overcome. The Jets however have the chance to capitalize early and this could be a difference maker in the contest.

Our Mike McIntyre also headed south on Wednesday and will have all the details from the showdown at Bridgestone Arena.

Nikolaj Ehlers would surely like to restart the season. Throughout the first three games he has went pointless and has even spent some of his ice time on the third line. Ehlers is a key member of the Jets young group of forwards. He has had back-to-back seasons with 60 or more points and 29 and 25 goals in his last two seasons. Ehlers is definitely not impressed with himself this season. He will be eager to score and will definitely be someone who will be on my radar as I watch the game. He is expected to start n the left wing on a line with Brian Little at center and Patrik Laine on the right side. This line should definitely be something to watch out for. Laine has had a decent start to the season with 2 points in 3 games but would probably like to see himself do a little better. Little on the other hand is yet to record a single point to start the season. This line in general is probably not too impressed with themselves and would like to see their fortunes change on Thursday night in Nashville.

Pekka Rinne and Connor Hellebuyck are expected to be the starting goaltenders for Thursdays contest. Both goalies have started off the season relatively well. Rinne has a 1-1-0 record with a 2.50 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Hellebuyck owns a 2-1-0 record, a 2.33 goals against average, and a .926 save percentage. Both goaltenders have started off their respective seasons on a high note which will make Thursdays contest all the more interesting. Hellebuyck has been slightly better to start off the season statistically but in reality it does not make too much of a difference especially considering that he played one more game then Pekka Rinne and it has only been a small sample size of games played.

Roman Josi gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 7:58 of the third period on a slap shot from the slot. Ryan Ellis tracked down the puck on the rush and passed it to Josi, who beat Hellebuyck for his first goal.

Thursday nights game is set to be a great game considering the intense rivalry the two teams build up last season. They played many high scoring and entertaining contests last season even before they faced in the playoffs. This is a game that you really do not want to miss.

Mathieu Perreault will play in his 500th regular-season game tonight. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Free Press files)

NASHVILLE — Its one of the best rivalries going in the NHL, representing must-see viewing for any hockey fan.

Winnipeg forward Mathieu Perreault played his 500th NHL game, and Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis played his 400th.

And the latest chapter will get written tonight at Bridgestone Arena as the Winnipeg Jets take on the Nashville Predators, their arch-rivals. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

"Both teams have very similar styles. Maybe different systems, but similar styles. They both play the same way. And theyve never been short on storylines. Big leads, big leads lost, lots of action at both ends, lots of hitting," Jets head coach Paul Maurice said after the morning skate.

Nashville is 23-12-(1)-4 all-time against the Jets franchise, including a 14-6-(0)-0 record at Bridgestone Arena. Overall, Nashville has earned at least a point in four of its last five meetings with Winnipeg, including a 3-1-1 record against the Jets in 2017-18. The Predators have won four of their last five games over the Jets on home ice, averaging 4.5 goals per game in those victories.

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The Preds will try to bounce back tonight after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Calgary Flames during Tuesdays home opener in Nashville, their first loss of the young season. Combine the frustration of that defeat with the first rematch against the Jets and there is bound to be a better start this evening.

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NASHVILLE — Its one of the best rivalries going in the NHL, representing must-see viewing for any hockey fan.

And the latest chapter will get written tonight at Bridgestone Arena as the Winnipeg Jets take on the Nashville Predators, their arch-rivals. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

“Both teams have very similar styles. Maybe different systems, but similar styles. They both play the same way. And theyve never been short on storylines. Big leads, big leads lost, lots of action at both ends, lots of hitting,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said after the morning skate.

“So if youre turning on a game to watch, these are the games I enjoy watching and being a part of. Theres lots of emotion there.”

Last springs memorable second-round playoff series, which Winnipeg won in seven games, only cemented the rivalry.

“Theyre one of the better teams in the league. We believe were one of the better teams in the league. We dont really like them, they dont like us. So it should be an interesting game,” said veteran forward Mathieu Perreault.

Winnipeg will go with the same lineup as their first three games, including Connor Hellebuyck in net. That means defenceman Dmitry Kulikov and forwards Marko Dano and Brendan Lemieux will once again be the healthy scratches. Captain Blake Wheeler and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien didnt take part in the morning skate, but both are good to go.

One key matchup to watch is the battle of No. 1 centres. Mark Scheifele and Ryan Johansen both had plenty of praise for each other in the morning.

“Hes a great player. He makes great plays, hes a good passer,” Scheifele said. “He pretty much does it all. He plays hard, he plays gritty, he goes to the dirty areas and plays a solid game. So its a fun matchup. Its a challenge.”

Winnipeg will be looking to continue the recent success theyve enjoyed on the road against the Predators, which included winning three times in “Smashville” during the playoff series.

“I think just bringing a consistent effort and knowing whats ahead of you, just kind of the familiarity that this team has with playing against the Predators and playing in tough buildings, is kind of what you try to thrive off,” said defenceman Joe Morrow.

“Coming on the road and getting victories is not easy. The fans in hockey are really what make it tough to come in and play in buildings. And these fans are pretty crazy, theyre loud and theyre excited to be here. I think our team does a good job of weathering that and being able to deal with that adversity and coming out and playing a pretty emotional game on our side, too.”

Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.