NASHVILLE, Tenn – The Winnipeg Jets continued the Jekyll and Hyde routine as they started a big Central Division road trip with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators.
Predators goalie Carter Hutton got his 2nd win against the Jets as he stopped 34 shots. Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves in the loss.
The Predators got goals from captain Shea Weber his 3rd on the power play, Patric Hornqvist his 4th , Craig Smith who was the hero in OT got his 2nd of the year.
“I would think [this game is a] point lost, for me,” coach Claude Noel said. “… We expect to take steps, and I think that we didn’t take a step backwards, OK, but we need to take another step. And it’s, when is it going to come? We can’t wait here forever.”
The Jets came out of the gate flying and were playing a fast physical first period up until the Weber goal, then the game plan went a stray .
Winnipeg seemed to play in spurts as they didn’t get going again until halfway through the second period.
Things then got desperate when they were down by a goal and took over some of the play which led to the tying goal.
Special teams let the team down as the power play went 0-4 and they also gave up a power play goal against .
Face-offs were not very good as they went only 33.9% in the dots so they were always chasing the puck instead of starting with it.
Dustin Byfuglien led the Jets with just over thirty minutes of ice time but a bad bounce led to him turning over the puck on the game winner in OT.
Mark Stuart was back in the line up for the Jets after missing Tuesday’s game with a lower body injury.
Weber led the Preds with thirty one minutes of ice time and was his nasty self all game long.
The Jets will head to Dallas for a Saturday night affair , then travel to Denver for a Sunday night game with the Avalanche, and finish off the trip on Tuesday with a game in St. Louis.
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