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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00 BRT, November 19, 2019
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee  Attendance: 17,165

Jets soar into matchup vs. slumping Predators

Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators

  1. After going 6-7-0 in October, Winnipeg has gone 6-1-1 in November, fourth-largest increase in points percentage (.351) in the NHL. The Jets are holding opponents to 2.38 goals per game this month, fifth lowest in the league.
  2. Nashville lost to Chicago, 7-2, on Saturday, despite outshooting the Blackhawks, 41-24. It is the third time in the last 20 seasons where the Preds outshot a team by at least 15 shots and lost by five or more goals, most recently done on February 23 of last season (a 5-0 loss against the Avalanche).
  3. After Nashville won the first meeting last season, Winnipeg won the next three, scoring at least five goals in each game. The Jets have scored at least five goals in four consecutive games against an opponent just twice in their franchise history, both coming as the Atlanta Thrashers -- four straight versus the Kings from 2005-06 to 2009-10 and four straight against the Bruins in 2000-01.
  4. Nikolaj Ehlers has scored a goal in consecutive games and needs one more goal for 100 in his career. At 23 years old, he would be the fourth-youngest skater to record his 100th career goal in a Winnipeg jersey, behind only Patrik Laine, Ilya Kovalchuk and Evander Kane.
  5. Roman Josi scored both goals against the Blackhawks on Saturday, his 99th and 100th career goals. He is the second defenseman in franchise history with 100 career goals, joining Shea Weber (166).
  6. Nashville has outscored opponents by eight goals in the third period this season, tied with Colorado and Pittsburgh for best in the NHL. Winnipeg has been outscored by eight goals in the second period, tied for the third-worst differential in the league.

The Winnipeg Jets will look to continue their November run when they visit the slumping Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

The Jets improved to 6-1-1 this month with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for visiting Winnipeg, which scored two goals in 21 seconds during the second period.

Hellebuyck has a 2.44 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 16 games this season.

"He's been making tons of great saves," forward Blake Wheeler said of Hellebuyck. "He's given us an opportunity, especially early on (in the season). We weren't playing very well in front of him. Our game has come a long way since then."

Wheeler had two assists against the Lightning, and the Jets got goals from Mathieu Perreault, Jack Roslovic, Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor.

After allowing a late goal, Winnipeg is 9-1-1 in one-goal games this season.

The Jets opened the season with a 6-7-0 record in October but appear to have turned their season around thanks to Hellebuyck and other factors, including their attitude.

"In a specific example on the ice, we throw a turnover, something we shouldn't do, and then we fight like a dog to make sure it doesn't go into our net. So, we have that," coach Paul Maurice told the Winnipeg Sun.

"We give up a goal and that hasn't bothered us. There's lots of parts of our hockey game that we can make better; these guys will get better. But their emotional level has been really, really consistent this year."

The Predators, who began the season 8-3-1, are 1-4-2 in their past seven games following a 7-2 loss to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

Nashville lost on a night when it outshot the Blackhawks 41-24

Goalie Pekka Rinne was lifted in the second period after allowing four goals on 14 shots. In his past five starts, Rinne has allowed 20 goals and been pulled twice. Overall, the Predators have allowed 23 goals in their past four games -- and that includes a 2-1 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.

"Defense is always a five-man job out there, like offense, so we've got to make sure we all defend together, we come back together and we battle it out together," said Predators defenseman Roman Josi.

Nashville already has allowed five goals in a game eight times this season after doing it 16 times last season.

The Predators have a chance to turn things around as they play four of their next five games at home.

"We have to do a little bit of soul-searching," Nashville's Colton Sissons said.

"It's not been going well for a little while here and it's been a struggle, but teams go through this as we know. We have the personnel here to turn this around in a hurry. We've got a huge game against Winnipeg on Tuesday so we can't dwell on this one too long."

Hellebuyck is 8-5-1 with a 2.82 goals-against-average and .919 save percentage in his career against the Predators. Rinne is 16-7-1 with a 2.55 GAA and .914 save percentage versus the Jets.

--Field Level Media

Updated November 18, 2019

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