Match Working day: Jets glance to clinch playoff location with earn around Predators

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Make sure to catch the JetsTV Are living Pre-Game Display with Jamie Thomas, Mitchell Clinton & more beginning at 6:00pm CT right here on and the Jets mobile app, as well as YouTube and Facebook Stay.Earn AND YOU’RE INTonight, the Jets can officially clinch a berth in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a acquire about the Predators, or a single point (OT/SO lo s), combined with a regulation lo s by Anaheim Ducks, who are in Edmonton to face the Oilers at 8:30pm CT.AT THE MORNING SKATEWINNIPEG – Sunday night could be a special night at Bell MTS Place.A earn over the Central Division leading Nashville Predators tonight would clinch a playoff spot for the Winnipeg Jets. But that doesn’t change anything in the mind of head coach Paul Maurice.”You want to accomplish that goal, you want to have that done as soon as you po sibly can for sure,” said Maurice. “But I wouldn’t have said that we would have tried to play harder in our last activity even though we couldn’t clinch, or harder tonight than we will in the next recreation if we have clinched.”Handle the working day we’re handling, and all the other things will take care of themselves.” Video: PREGAME | Josh Morri sey The Jets (45-19-10) could also clinch by gaining a single point tonight, and have the Anaheim Ducks lose to the Edmonton Oilers in regulation.But the Jets are focused on “handling their day,” as they’ve said all season. That means focusing on the Predators, who have beaten the Jets in three of the first four meetings this season.While Nashville (48-16-10) has lost two straight, including a 4-1 setback in Adam Gotsis Jersey Minnesota last night, they also went 15 games without a regulation lo s over the course of a month prior to those two lo ses.”The reason they’re sitting with 106 (points) is they play a playoff sport,” said Maurice. “They’ve gotten themselves to a level That’s part of the way they play.”We’re going to play a hard video game in front of their net, there’s going to be stuff after the whistle. You hope the referees are looking at it on both sides. If it doesn’t go your way, you have to kill a penalty. But we have to play that aggre sive sport.”The Jets have won four in a row to start a six-game home stand, and held an optional skate this morning.Video: PREGAME | Blake Wheeler Captain Blake Wheeler has a goal and six points over the course of the home stand, and sees the fact that Nashville played last night as an opportunity for the Jets.”We want to continue to try and elevate our video game, and try to bring a lot of speed here tonight. We know they played last night, so we want to get off to a good start,” he said.”They’re always a tough team. Whether they played last night, or whatever the case may be, they always seem to find a way to keep games close.”It’s going to be a good measuring stick once again, and always nice to have the best team in the league playing in your building.”There will be a change on the Jets back end tonight, as Maurice announced the team is likely shutting down Toby Enstrom for the remainder of the regular season so the defenceman can heal up the multiple injuries he’s currently dealing with.Enstrom left Friday’s 3-2 overtime get in exce s of Anaheim after the second period with a lower-body injury.With Enstrom out, Tucker Poolman will draw in.”We’ve liked his games that he’s in,” Maurice said of Poolman’s 18 NHL games. “Confidence is the one thing he should gain every time he’s in a activity, just by experience. It’s a good opponent (he’s playing), so he’s going to be under quite a bit of pre sure under the forecheck.”Speaking of defencemen, the Jets know they’ll have to keep an eye on Nashville’s defence. Two of them – P.K. Subban and Roman Josi – sit third and fourth on the team in points with 53 and 47 respectively.The last time the Predators were at Bell MTS Place, they escaped with a 6-5 earn, with Josi recording five a sists.”It’s a big trend in the NHL, getting your defensemen up in the rush and activating them in the play,” said Josh Morri sey. “When you have some of the skill and guys they have on their back end, they’re dangerous all the time.”We talk a lot about being on it and above it, and being responsible with our high man in the offensive zone, because they can turn what looks like a promising chance for us offensively into a chance the other way on an odd-man rush getting those D up the ice.”Connor Hellebuyck will start in goal for the Jets, with puck drop set for 6 pm CT.ICE CHIPSEnstrom has mi sed a total of 31 games this season, 23 of which were for an upper-body injury sustained in a earn above New Jersey on Nov. 18, 2017.The other eight came in two, four-game blocks between Feb. 26 and Mar. 15.”He’s in probably that top five of toughest players I’ve ever coached in terms of what he can endure,” said Maurice. “He’s going to end up doing it again by the fact he goes into the corners first and plays in traffic. We want to give him a chance to feel good.”Based on his history, he’s going to want to play next week. It’s a good idea today maybe, but in a week he’s going ‘I can play.’ But we’re looking at trying to give him a little bit more of a structured match plan.”- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.comJETS Game NOTESTonight’s GameThe Winnipeg Jets tangle with the Nashville Predators tonight in the third matchup in le s than a month between the two teams…The Jets improved to 4-0 on their six-game home stand with a 3-2 overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday…Winnipeg’s home stand concludes Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins.Jets vs. Predators Notes- Winnipeg has points in four of their last seven games against Nashville (3-3-1).- The last six meetings between the Jets and Predators have been decided by two goals or le s.- The winning team has scored at least five goals in five of the last eight games between these two teams.- The Jets and Predators have combined for 33 goals in the first four meetings this season.Magical Time of YearThe Jets magic number to clinch a playoff place sits at two on the Los Angeles Kings and three on the Anaheim Ducks…The Jets can clinch a playoff place with a gain tonight or by gaining a point and having the Ducks lose in regulation to the Edmonton Oilers…Winnipeg’s magic number to clinch home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs is nine…Based on points percentage, the projected points needed to make the playoffs in the Western Conference is 97 points, which the Jets have achieved with eight games remaining in the regular season.Making a Positive DifferenceThe Jets enter tonight’s match with a plus-53 goal differential on the season, which is a franchise high…This is just the fourth season in the 18-year franchise history that the Jets have had a positive goal differential…The previous record was plus-20, set during the 2014-15 season…The Jets need to limit their opposition to 13 goals or le s in the last eight games to set a record for least amount of goals against in a season (excluding the lockout-shortened season)…The 2014-15 Jets allowed a franchise low 204 goals, while this season the Jets have allowed 190 goals against.Home, Sweet HomeThe Jets enter tonight’s sport on a five-game home winning streak…Winnipeg’s last lo s at Bell MTS Place was Feb. 27 to Nashville 6-5…Winnipeg leads the NHL in points at home with 58 and wins at home with 28…Winnipeg has also scored a league-high 142 goals at home this season, while the Jets have allowed just 91 goals, which is tied for fifth-fewest…Despite being 1-for-17 (5.9%) on with the extra man in its last five home games, Winnipeg’s power play at home is tied for fourth in the NHL at 26.1%.Helle GoodGoaltender Connor Hellebuyck won his 38th recreation of the season on Friday, which is third in the NHL this season…The earn was also Hellebuyck’s third consecutive victory and fourth straight get at Bell MTS Place…Hellebuyck leads the NHL with a 26-5-2 record at home, while boasting a 2.30 goals-against average and .921 save percentage on home ice…The Jets have scored 205 goals when he’s been in net this season, while he’s only allowed 140 for a plus-65 goal differential.Keeping Up with KCWith six goals in his last five games, including back-to-back video game winners in overtime, Kyle Connor has moved to second in NHL rookie goal scoring with 28 goals in 68 games…He’s one goal behind Vancouver’s Brock Boeser, who is out for the rest of the season with an injury, for the rookie goal scoring lead…Connor has a share of the NHL rookie game-winning goal lead with five video game winning tallies this season…Connor needs two goals to reach 30 and pa s Ilya Kovalchuk (2001-02) for the second-most goals by a rookie in a season in franchise history…Connor is eight back of the 36 goals Patrik Laine scored last season to set the franchise rookie goal scoring record…Three of the top five rookie goal scoring seasons in franchise history have been done in the last three seasons.A sists LeaderBlake Wheeler notched his 63rd and 64th a sist of the season on Friday against Anaheim to extend his a sist streak to five games…He joins Marc Savard (69 in 2006-07) as the only two players in franchise history to reach 60 a sists in a season…Wheeler leads the NHL in a sists and needs six a sists in his last eight games to set a franchise record for most a sists in a season…Wheeler also leads the NHL with 45 primary a sists…Since the all-star break, Wheeler has 24 a sists in 24 games and hasn’t gone back-to- back games without an a sist since Jan. 23-25.Jets vs. Predators All-Time RecordsOverall: 15-19-5At Bell MTS Place: 5-7-0At Bridgestone Arena: 6-11-2

Betsy GamzaMatch Working day: Jets glance to clinch playoff location with earn around Predators