Nashville Predators: Predators look to stay on hot streak versus the Jets

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The Nashville Predators look to continue their hot streak tonight against a division foe, the red-hot Winnipeg Jets.

The Nashville Predators face off tonight against the Winnipeg Jets at Bridgestone Arena. Both teams are playing well right now, so it will be a great matchup between division foes. The Nashville Predators come into this game winning six out of their last seven games, with the lone loss against the Minnesota Wild. On this hot streak, the Predators have been scoring piles of goals. They have scored three or more goals in all seven of those games. Over the course of those games, including the loss to the Wild, the Predators have scored 32 goals, while allowing 20.

The Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets are on a hot streak of their own, as they have won their last four games. The Jets have won most of those games in easy fashion. Both the Predators and the Jets are looking to catch up to the St. Louis Blues in the Central division. The Jets come into this game with a 12-4-3, and 2nd place in the division with 27 points.

Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele have been players that the Jets have leaned on so far this season. Wheeler has 25 points, good for 6th in the NHL. Scheifele leads the Jets in goals as he has 11, and 24 points on the year.

Lineup Changes

The Predators recalled Pontus Aberg and Juuse Saros up from Milwaukee, and sent Anders Lindback back down. Aberg will see action tonight on the third line. Frederick Gaudreau also got a call-up, but will not be in for tonight’s game.

Austin Watson was suspended for two games for his boarding penalty against the Colorado Avalanche.

Nothing much has changed with the lines, except with the addition of Aberg.

The Predators 2nd line has been on fire, especially since the addition of Kyle Turris. Since Turris’ addition in the Penguins game, the 2nd line has produced a ton of points over the last few games, with Craig Smith scoring goals in three of the last four games.

What to Expect

This game has the potential to be a great divisional game, as both teams are on hot streaks. Of course, one of these teams will come out on the losing end. If it is anything like the last few games for both of these teams, it has the chance to be a high scoring game. Whoever wins this game has the chance to gain ground on the Blues, as Jets and Predators are 2nd and 3rd in the division, respectively. The Predators 1st and 2nd line are some of the best in hockey, and the Predators will likely lean on them tonight to get a good divisional win.

Follow the Game

The game will be televised on Fox Sports Tennesse. 102.5 will also broadcast the game. The puck will drop at 7:00 PM CT.

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