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NHL Preview: Nashville Predators (5-7-0) at Winnipeg Jets (6-4-2)



OVERALL (54 GP) 28-19-(1)-6

HOME (27 GP) 17-9-(0)-1

ROAD (27 GP) 11-10-(1)-5

LAST MEETING April 8, 2023 at WPG (L, 2-0)

PLAYOFFS (0-1) 2018 WCS (L, 4-3)

− The Predators are 28-19-(1)-6 all-time against the Jets franchise, including an 11-10-(1)-5 record on the road. − This is the first of four matchups between Nashville and Winnipeg in 2023-24; it is the first of two at Canada Life Centre. − The Predators are 1-2-2 in their last five games against the Jets, they are 4-4-2 in their last 10; and 2-2-1 in their last five on the road. − Nashville went 1-1-2 against Winnipeg last season, with two of the four meetings requiring overtime. The Predators picked up two points in a 2-1 victory at Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 24, 2023 behind 32 saves from Juuse Saros.


− Roman Josi tied the Predators franchise record for assists and points in a game with five on Feb. 27, 2018 at Winnipeg. He has 25 points (4g-21a) in 34 career games vs. the Jets. − Filip Forsberg recorded a five-game point streak (5a) vs. Winnipeg from March 13, 2018-March 1, 2019. He has picked up at least one point in 11 of his last 20 contests against the Jets and has posted 20 points (4g-16a) in 33 career games vs. Winnipeg. − Colton Sissons made his NHL debut on Jan. 28, 2014 at Winnipeg. − Tommy Novak notched his first career three-point game on Oct. 23, 2021 at Winnipeg (3a). − General Manager Barry Trotz is from Dauphin, Man. − The Predators acquired a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from Winnipeg for forward Nino Niederreiter on Feb. 25, 2023. Niederreiter tallied 28 points (18g-10a) in 56 games for Nashville to begin the 2022-23 season.


Player Designation Dates Missed Games Missed

Luke Schenn Lower Body – IR Oct. 12-Nov. 7 11

Cody Glass Lower Body – IR Oct. 21-Nov. 7 7

Ryan McDonagh Lower Body Nov. 4-7 2


− Through 12 games, the Predators are eighth in the NHL in expected goal percentage (5-on-5) at 53.9 percent per Nashville is also tied for fourth in high-danger shots for (28) and is 12th in expected goals for per 60 minutes (2.57). − The Predators have two defensive pairs (who have spent at least 110 minutes together at 5-on-5) in the top-six in expected goals percentage, per McDonagh-Carrier (second, 64.4 percent) and Josi-Fabbro (sixth, 60 percent). − Defensively, the Predators are sixth in the NHL in expected goals against at 5-on-5 (20.9). − A total of eight players 25-years-old or younger have played in a game for Nashville in 2023-24: Marc Del Gaizo, Luke Evangelista, Dante Fabbro, Samuel Fagemo, Liam Foudy, Cody Glass, Juuso Parssinen and Philip Tomasino.


− The Predators are tied for eighth in the NHL in power-play goals with 11; they are 12th in power-play percentage at 22.5 percent. − Nashville has scored multiple power-play goals in the same game four times this season, all coming within its last eight contests. The Predators did so nine times in 2022-23. − Nashville is operating at 28.6 percent on the power play in its last nine games, going 10-for-35 in that span. − Filip Forsberg leads the team with six power-play points (1g-5a). Tommy Novak and Ryan O’Reilly share the team lead in power-play goals (4); both are tied for third in the NHL in the category.


Scene Setter

The Winnipeg Jets start a five-game homestand, which is one of their longest homestands of the season, when they welcome the Nashville Predators to Canada Life Centre on Thursday night. The Jets are coming off a 2-1-0 road trip, which included a 5-3 win in Arizona on Saturday and 5-2 win in St. Louis on Tuesday. Winnipeg continues the homestand on Saturday afternoon against the Dallas Stars.


Since starting the season 1-3-0, the Jets are 5-1-2 in their past eight games to sit third in the NHL’s Central Division… Winnipeg has scored at least three goals in six of the eight games, while holding their opponent to three or less six times.

Central Rivals

Winnipeg plays seven of their 13 games in November against the Central Division, the third of which is Thursday against the Predators… Winnipeg is in a stretch of four consecutive games against Central Division foes… The Jets are a perfect 3-0-0 against the Central Division this season after going 18-8-0 against their Central Division counterparts last season… Winnipeg has won 16 of its past 22 games against Central Division teams dating back to last season… Winnipeg has a winning record against the Central in each of the past six seasons in which the Jets have been in the Central Division… Josh Morrissey (6G, 22A) led the Jets in scoring against their divisional foes last season with 28 points in 25 games.

Back at Home

Winnipeg is 2-2-1 at home to start the season… Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring at home through five games this season with six points (2G, 4A), while Cole Perfetti is averaging a point per game with five points (1G, 4A)… The Jets went 26-13-2 at Canada Life Centre last season, which was tied for fifth in the NHL… The Jets won 26 games at Canada Life Centre in a season for just the second time (2018-19)… Winnipeg is 257-164-39 all-time at Canada Life Centre and have posted a .500 record or better at home in seven consecutive seasons… Dating back to last season, the Jets are 7-3-1 in their past 11 home games.

Finding the Power

After going four consecutive games without a power play goal, the Jets have power play goal in three consecutive contests, going 4-for-11 (36.4%)… Tuesday’s game marked the second time this season that Winnipeg had two power play goals in a game… Kyle Connor leads the Jets in power play points this season with five (2G, 3A).

Scoring Duo

Their three-point efforts on Tuesday propelled Mark Scheifele (5G, 7A) and Kyle Connor (8G, 4A) into the team scoring lead with 12 points in 12 games… Scheifele has a point in nine of the 12 games this season, while Connor has a point in seven of the 12 contests… In the Jets 2.0 era, the duo are second and third in franchise scoring behind Blake Wheeler… Scheifele has 657 points (277G, 380A) in 735 games, while Connor has 436 points (217G, 219A) in 478 games.

Four for 9

Alex Iafallo had a career-high four assists on Tuesday, which tied a franchise record… He previously had two assists in a game 15 times… After being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in the summer, Iafallo is on a pace for a career best season… He’s on pace for 27 goals, which would be 10 more he had in 2019-20 and 2021-22, and 41 assists, which would be 15 more than the 26 he had in 2019-20… He’s averaging 0.83 points per game, compared to his career average of 0.50.

Multi-Point Efforts

Mason Appleton leads the Jets with four multi-point games this season after his two assists on Saturday at Arizona… Appleton is one multi-point game shy of the career-high five multi-point games he had last season… Nino Niederreiter is among those in second with three multi-point games, including his third career hat-trick on Saturday… Niederreiter is on pace for 22 multi-point games this season, which would best the 14 he had during the 2016-17 season with the Minnesota Wild… Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey also have three multi-point games this season.

Leading the Primary

Cole Perfetti is tied for the NHL lead in primary assists at 5-on-5 with five… His six primary assists in all situations this season is tied for 12th in the NHL, while Josh Morrissey leads the Jets and is tied for seventh in the league with seven primary assists… Perfetti had eight primary assists at 5-on-5 in 51 games all of last season… Perfetti is currently on a four-game point streak (1G, 4A), which is one off the longest of his career (5 games – Nov. 25-Dec. 4/22).


The Jets are 1-2 in overtime and shootouts this season, including 1-1 in games decided in overtime… The Jets went 10-3 in overtime (9-2) and shootouts (1-1) last season, which led the NHL with an .769 winning percentage… Winnipeg played in just two shootouts last season, going 1- 1… It’s the fewest shootouts they’ve played in franchise history… Six of Winnipeg’s nine OT winners came in the first two minutes of the extra session… Mark Scheifele holds the franchise record with 13 OT winning goals… During the past four seasons, Winnipeg is 21-10 in games decided in overtime.

Jets vs. NSH Notes

Season Series

The Jets and Predators meet four times this season… Winnipeg also entertains Nashville on Mar. 13, while the Jets visit Music City on Nov. 26 and Apr. 9.

Recent History

Winnipeg is 10-4-1 in its past 15 games against Nashville, including winning five of the past seven games… Neither team scored a goal on the power play in the four games last season.

In Winnipeg

The Jets are 6-1-1 in their past eight games against Nashville at Canada Life Centre, outscoring Nashville 25-15.

Player Notes

Mark Scheifele has a team-leading 24 points (9G, 15A) in 34 career games against the Predators… Kyle Connor is averaging nearly a point per game against the Predators with 20 points (10G, 10A) in 22 games… Four of Connor’s goals are power play markers… Connor Hellebuyck has gone 14-8-2 during his career against Nashville, with a 2.45 goals-against average and .926 save percentage… He also has three shutouts.

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