Latest Boxscore: Ottawa: 4 - Winnipeg: 3 (FINAL (OT))
Record: 36 – 19 – 4
The drama might not be quite the same as last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs showdown, but any game between the Jets and Predators has the potential to be high-paced and full of excitement.
Winnipeg practised at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday and then flew to Tennessee to take on the Preds Thursday night in an early-season battle between the two bitter Central Division rivals.
Our Mike McIntyre also headed south on Wednesday and will have all the details from the showdown at Bridgestone Arena.
— Sports Editor Steve Lyons
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What we’re reading
- Stay in the Moment: Damien Cox of Sportsnet writes how Jets are challenged to focus on present, not playoff aspirations.
- Not such a banner night: The Nashville Predators invented a new category in raising banners to the rafters
- ESPN Roundtable: Will the Predators win the West? What is Pekka Rinne's future? Who is Nashville's most vital player?
- Trouba for Nylander?: Dave Stevenson of Sports Illustrated suggests Leafs winger could be missing piece of Stanley Cup puzzle for Jets
- Caution ahead: Pens goalie Matt Murray is sidelined with a concussion, his second in the past nine months, and it might be in the Pittsburgh Penguins' best interest to start talking about their starting goalie's future, says Jared Clinton of The Hockey News
In case you missed it
- Andrew Berkshire: Top Jets line's shot-attempt differential? Don't worry about it
- Sleep in a bit: Jets coach mulling elimination of morning skates
- — The Jets went 15-9-2 against Central Division teams last season and are 35-18-4 dating back to the start of 2016-17, which is the best in-division record during that time frame
- — Jets forward Brandon Tanev had five hits on Tuesday against the Kings and is tied for sixth in the NHL with 11 hits this season
- — Austin Matthews (7-3—10 in 4 GP) and John Tavares (6-0—6 in 4 GP) are just the third set of teammates in NHL history, and first since the league’s inaugural campaign in 1917-18, to each score six or more goals in a team’s first four games of a season
- Mathieu Perreault: Discusses win over Kings and his play so far this season
- At the podium: Head coach Paul Maurice addresses the media following practice on Wednesday
- Three banners?: The Predators raised a trio of pennants, including one for the Presidents' Trophy, before their home opener against the Flames on Tuesday night
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