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Post : Jets blitzed early by Nashville in road trip finale
URL : http://globalnews.ca/news/4082028/jets-blitzed-early-by-nashville-in-road-trip-finale/
Posted : March 14, 2018 at 6:29 am
Author : kmoore97
Tags : Central Division, Connor Hellebuyck, Kyle Connor, Michael Hutchinson, Nashville Predators, NHL, Winnipeg Jets
Categories : Sports

This one was over early. The Nashville Predators struck for three goals in the opening 8:49 of the first period and went on to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 Tuesday Night in the fourth meeting of the season between the top two teams in the NHL Central Division. It was Nashville's third win versus Winnipeg and stretched the Predators lead in the Division to eight points, with a game in hand.

Kevin Fiala opened the scoring at 2:48, and Austin Watson and Viktor Arvidsson added shorthanded goals just 34 seconds apart to chase starter Michael Hutchinson who had already faced 15 shots before the game was even nine minutes old. During the intermission the Jets announced that Hutchinson would not be returning because of an upper body injury. Head Coach Paul Maurice confirmed after the game that Hutchinson "wasn't feeling right" and will be evaluated during the team's day off. Maurice said it was too early to say whether a decision will be made to recall Eric Comrie from the AHL's Manitoba Moose.

The Jets also played the game without Paul Statsny who, according to Maurice, tightened up during the warm up and was replaced at the last minute by Shawn Matthias who played his first game since January 12th. Kyle Connor scored Winnipeg's only goal on an early third period powerplay. Patrik Laine drew an assist to extend his club record points streak to thirteen games. Laine has 16-8-24 during the streak which began on February 16th in a 6-1 win over Colorado.

The Jets went 3-2-1 on their longest road trip of the season and now have a finishing schedule that will see them play 8 of their last 12 games at home, beginning Thursday Night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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