Your Nashville Predators take on the Winnipeg Jets tonight at 7:00 CST at the MTS Centre. Let’s see how these teams stack up.
- Predators 8-5-2 (18 pts) 5th in the Central
- Jets 6-9-2 (14 pts) 7th in the Central
- Predators 3-1-1
- Jets 1-4-0
- Goals per game – Preds 2.5 (21st) – Jets 2.2 (24th)
- Goals against – Preds 2.8 (19th) – Jets 2.9 (24th)
- Power Play % – Preds 24.4 (4th) – Jets 9.5 (28th)
- Penalty Kill % – Preds 80.4 (21st) – Jets 84.8 (9th)
The Winnipeg Jets are coming off a tough five-game stretch that saw them pick up only two points in games against Colorado, Detroit, St. Louis and two against Chicago. The power play has really let the Jets down since starting the season hot. The Jets scored a power play goal in each of their first five games but have only scored one in the twelve games since. The power play has 1 goal in its last 41 chances. The team is also dealing with an unspecified injury suffered by Evander Kane in practice last week. Dustin Byfuglien has also struggled at both ends of the ice this season. While he does have 10 assists, he has yet to score a goal and is a -9 with 22 pims.
One bright spot has been the recent play of Al Montoya. Montoya has started the last two games and stopped 60 of the last 67 shots faced. He is also sporting a 2.20 gaa and .921 save percentage. Montoya is a 2004 first-round pick and has yet to really live up to that potential. The last couple of games have given him a chance to show why he was so highly thought of during his draft year.
The Preds are coming off a big win against the NHL-leading Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. The Preds scored 6 against Colorado and have 17 goals in their last five games. The goals have been necessary as Carter Hutton still tries to find his way as the number one goalie in Pekka Rinne‘s absence.
The game against the Avalanche had a couple of big individual performances that were a long-time coming. Viktor Stalberg had his first 2 points of the season and played a strong all-around game. Colin Wilson had a career night with 4 points and brought his season total up to 9 points. The Preds will need Wilson and Stalberg to stay hot if they want to be in the hunt for a playoff spot. David Legwand also chipped in 2 assists, giving him 7 points in his last three games.
The Preds power play was 2 for 2 against Colorado which moved the Preds up to 24.4% on the season. If they can keep up the power play success and continue to play their grinding style at both ends of the rink, they will be tough to beat.
Prediction – Nashville 4-2. Wilson adds to his big game from Wednesday with a three-point night.