The National Hockey League’s upcoming schedule is almost here, and the NHL has a lot to talk about.
Let’s start with some news from around the league: The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets are set to play one of the biggest games of the season in the middle of February, when the NHL’s top clubs meet in Winnipeg.
There’s no doubt that the Predators are the biggest threat in the NHL right now, and they’ll be making a splash at the beginning of March when they face the Winnipeg Jets.
The Jets are looking for a way to close out the regular season on a high note, and have already shown a lot of promise on the ice this year.
For the Predators, the first game is a must-win game.
They have a huge advantage when it comes to the Predators’ defensive zone presence.
They’ve already shown that they can shut down opposing top lines, and will likely have a hard time stopping the Jets this season.
The Jets, on the other hand, will have to work on a lot from the start of the year.
They’ve shown some signs of improvement in the past couple of weeks, but they’re still not a consistent force on the scoreboard.
They’re the only team in the league that’s scoring at an average of less than one goal per game, which is good enough to make the playoffs, but not the best start for a team that needs to make a run at the postseason.
Here are the players who will be competing for a spot in the lineup for the Predators and Jets, as well as some of the other key storylines surrounding the game: Who will be in Nashville’s lineup for Friday’s game?
The Predators’ top three lines are expected to be the lines that have dominated the Predators this season, with Filip Forsberg, Shea Weber and James Neal.
Forsberg will get the start in net, but he’s been out with an upper-body injury.
He’s expected to play against Winnipeg, but it’s possible that he could miss more than the two games against Dallas and St. Louis.
Wes McCauley will also get the starting nod, but the Jets have a lot more of their lineup with their top two forwards.
Nicklas Jensen and Patrik Laine will both be back, and both of those guys will get some time in the crease, but McCaucy’s spot will be a huge boost for the Jets.
With the Jets, the top line of P.A. Parenteau, Kyle Connor and Jacob Trouba will be back.
Connor has been playing a lot better lately, and Parenteu has played much better lately as well.
In fact, Connor is on pace for the best scoring pace of his career.
If Connor can get a couple more goals, he could be the top scorer in the Jets lineup for sure.
Jensen is a good bet to get the nod over Laine.
The two will be on the same line, and if Jensen can help the Jets get goals, Laine could have a solid chance to be a regular part of the lineup.
Trouba is expected to start, and he will likely be paired with Connor and Parenteeu.
The pair is a lot different, but both will contribute offensively and defensively.
Who is the Jets top defensive forward?
Predators top defenseman is expected be Mattias Ekholm.
He has played very well for the club this season and has a ton of confidence in his ability to play in the top six.
Ekholm is a big part of Winnipeg’s top six, and is expected get the bulk of the minutes against Winnipeg.
The top pairing of Patrik and Jacob have been good enough defensively for the team this season that the Jets are starting to get some good goaltending.
Should the Jets make the postseason?
The Winnipeg Jets should have a good chance to make it out of the wild card spot, but if they lose the final two games, the Preds will likely fall to the second-seeded Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round.
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