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Quick Thoughts: Predators and Jets

A four-game road trip concludes tonight for the Nashville Predators as they face the Winnipeg Jets.

An opportunity to move up in the standings and take a small step toward the playoffs slipped through the Predators proverbial fingers when they lost 5-1 to the 14th-placed Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.

The loss ran Nashville’s record to 1-1-1 on the road trip and 23-23-8 overall. The club has now returned to last place in the Central Division, one point behind the Winnipeg Jets (25-24-5).

Quick thoughts and updates for tonight’s contest:

  • The Predators and Jets have met three times this season, with Nashville winning two of the three (one of which was in overtime).
  • Carter Hutton starts in net for Nashville, the goalie lost a personal four-game winning streak on Sunday when he allowed 5 goals on 27 shots.
  • Center Colton Sissons has been recalled by Nashville from the Milwaukee Admirals (he leads the Admirals in points and goals).
  • Predators forward Viktor Stalberg has been announced as out for the second-straight contest with an upper body injury. Center Matt Cullen remains questionable.
  • The Winnipeg Jets pulled off an upset over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday and moving past the Predators in the standings.
  • Ondrej Pavelec will be between the pipes for the Jets tonight after backup goalie Al Montoya picked up the win on Sunday, making his first start since January 5th.
  • The home team has won each of the three previous games between the Jets and Predators, with Winnipeg shutting out Nashville 5-0 in their last meeting on November 8th.

The fourth of five games between these two clubs begins in just over an hour at 7:00 p.m. (CST). The Predators return to Nashville to face the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

 

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