In-Game Notes: Mar. 23 vs. Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets

Saturday, March 23 — Bell MTS Place

Game Links

Line Chart | Game LiveGame Summary | Event Summary | Play-By-Play
First Period: Game Summary | Event Summary
Second Period: Game Summary | Event Summary

Scoring Summary
Nashville Predators 0 0 0   0
Winnipeg Jets 0 3 2   5
Shots By Period
Nashville Predators 12 8 11   33
Winnipeg Jets 8 19 16   43
Special Teams
Nashville Predators 0/0 0 2/2 0 0
Winnipeg Jets 0/2 0 0/0 0 4

(Updated following each period)

Goal Summary
2 4:42 WPG Kyle Connor (30) Kevin Hayes (32) Tyler Myers (20)  EV 1-0
Kevin Hayes passed to a streaking Kyle Connor down the left side.  Connor moved into the left circle before toe-dragging the puck around P.K Subban in the slot and lifting a backhand over the glove of Pekka Rinne and in. 
2 14:16 WPG Andrew Copp (11) Matt Hendricks (3) Mathieu Perreault (14) EV 2-0
While on a 2-on-1, Matt Hendricks let a shot go from the left circle that was stopped by Rinne.  The rebound went to Andrew Copp, who fanned on the shot, but recovered the puck in the right corner and fired it towards the net where it banked off the leg of Rinne and in. 
2 15:41 WPG Kevin Hayes (18) Kyle Connor (29) Jacob Trouba (37) EV 3-0
After Jacob Trouba kept the puck in at the right point, Kyle Connor chipped a pass to Kevin Hayes at the bottom of the right circle who spun and fired a slap shot under the left arm of Rinne and in. 
3 15:22 WPG Kyle Connor (31) Kevin Hayes (33)   EV 4-0
After a pair of Predators collided at the red line, Kevin Hayes picked up the loose puck and moved down the right side before sending a saucer pass to a streaking Kyle Connor in the left circle. Connor took the puck from his forehand to backhand before tucking it in blocker side. 
3 19:51 WPG Kyle Connor (32) Patrik Laine (20) Kevin Hayes (34) EV 5-0
Kevin Hayes dropped the puck to Patrik Laine in the left circle. Laine sent a pass across to Kyle Connor in the right circle and he one-timed a shot past Rinne and in. 
Jets Notes
  • Jets clinched a playoff spot with their win tonight. 
  • Picked up their 45th win of the season improving to 45-26-4 overall and 25-9-4 at Bell MTS Place.
  • With the five goals the Jets scored, the winning team has scored at least five goals in nine of the past 13 games between the Jets and Predators.
  • Winnipeg didn’t take a penalty in tonights game.  It’s the first time this season, and first time since Apr. 6/2017 that the Jets haven’t had a penalty in a game. 
  • With the win, Paul Maurice passes Dick Irvin for the seventh-most wins in NHL history with 693. 
  • Excluding shootouts, the two teams have combined for 63 goals in their past nine meetings.
  • Improve to 25-4-3 this season when leading after the second period.
  • Improve to 29-8-3 this season when scoring first.
Player Notes

Kyle Connor

  • Recorded his first career hat-trick, finishing the night with four points (3G, 1A).  It’s the third time in his career Connor has had a four-point game.
  • Surpassed the 30-goal mark with his three goals tonight (32), giving him back-to-back 30-goal seasons.
  • With his four-point night, Connor established a new career high with points (61) and goals (32).
  • Led the Jets with six shots.

Andrew Copp

  • Extended his career high with his 11th goal of the season.

Kevin Hayes

  • Established a new career-high with four points tonight (1G, 3A).
  • Established a new career-highs in assists (34) and points (52).
  • It’s his the third multi-point game in 13 games as a member of the Jets.

Patrik Laine

  • Reached the 20-assist plateau for the third consecutive season to start his NHL career.

Adam Lowry

  • Won seven-of-eight (88%) faceoffs tonight.

Jacob Trouba

  • Led the Jets in ice time tonight with 22:42

Mark Scheifele

  • Led the Jets with six shots tonight.

Brandon Tanev

  • Had seven hits tonight to set a new franchise record for hits in a season with 259. The record was previously held by Adam Lowry from the 2015-16 season with 256. 

Connor Hellebuyck

  • Registered his second shutout of the season, stopping all 33 shots he faced and has now recorded back-to-back shutouts in games in which he has started. 
  • Improves to 32-20-2 on the season.