National Hockey League action on Tuesday evening and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the Winnipeg Jets grapple with the Nashville Predators. This contest has a start time of 8:00 pm ET and will take place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jets took three of the four meetings between these teams a year ago.
Jets Stun The Bolts On The RoadThe Winnipeg Jets have had an up-and-down season so far. They began the year at 4-2, before losing five of their last seven games. The Jets are now back on track as they enter this game having won four of their last six games, which is the same way they started the year. The Jets are off a big 4-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and that now gives them a 7-3 mark on the road for the year. The Jets are at 12-9 on the year overall and in 3rd place in the Central Division. They trail the Blues by four points and will look to pick up a huge two points against a Winnipeg team that has struggled of late. The Jets had a 3-1 lead heading to the 3rd period and 4-2 lead late when the Bolts made it interesting with a goal with just 22 seconds left in the game. The Jets held on from there. Scoring in the win was Mathieu Perreault, which was his 5th of the year, Jack Roslovic, which was his 4th, Nikolaj Ehlers, which was his 9th and Kyle Connor, which was his 7th.
🎥 Head Coach Paul Maurice on the road trip so far, tomorrow night’s matchup and more. pic.twitter.com/H6dfLtWAZq— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) November 18, 2019
Snatching up the win against the Bolts was Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 31 of the 34 shots that he faced to improve to 9-7 with a 2.44 GAA on the year, including 4-2 with a 3.28 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 49-43 with a 2.74 GAA on the road and 25-15 with a 2.61 GAA during the month of November, plus 8-6 with a 2.82 GAA against the Predators. The Jets enter this game ranked 24th in the league in scoring at 2.71 gpg and 17th in goals allowed at 3.00 gpg.
Preds Look To End SlideThe Nashville Predators have been to the postseason the last four years and they have been battling for the top spot in the Central Division the last few years. That run could be coming to an end this year. The Preds are struggling at the moment as they come in having lost four games in a row and six of their last seven to fall to 9-10 on the year. Nashville has now gone from 2nd in the division down to 6th. The play on the defensive end of the ice has to be a concern as the Preds come in having allowed 22 goals over their last four games, after surrendering just 12 total goals in their previous seven games. That will need to change as the season goes on. Nashville enters this game off a horrible 7-2 loss to the Blackhawks at home and scoring in the loss was Roman Josi, who notched both goals and now has seven on the year.
Absorbing the loss to the Blackhawks was Pekka Rinne, who allowed four goals mon just 14 shot attempts before being removed in favor of Juuse Saros. Rinne is now 8-5 with a 2.82 GAA on the year, including 6-3 with a 2.54 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 220-126 with a 2.24 GAA in his home games overall and 59-36 with a 2.27 GAA during the month of November, plus 16-8 with a 2.55 GAA against the Jets.The Preds enter this game ranked 2nd in the league in scoring at 3.68 gpg and 22nd in goals allowed at 3.37 gpg.
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