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The top spot in the NHL’s Central Division has been a back-and-forth race between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators, and on Saturday evening the two teams will be meeting head-to-head for the final time this season in what could be a pivotal game in who ends up taking the top spot.
Winnipeg enters the day holding a two-point lead over the Predators in the standings, while also still owning a game in hand the rest of the way and the first tiebreaker (42 regulation wins for the Jets, to 38 for the Predators). All of that together makes this an absolutely massive game for both teams, but especially for the Predators if they have any hope of winning the division.
Failing to gain a point on Saturday would put them in a four-point hole, and because they don’t own the tiebreaker, would need to gain five points on the Jets to pass them over their remaining six games. That would not be an easy thing to do and would not only require a lot of help in the form of the Jets losing a handful of games down the stretch, but also leave Nashville without almost no margin for error in its remaining games.
So while it remains a huge game for both teams, it takes on even more importance for the Predators because of how much ground they would have to make up with a loss.
Even if the Predators win in regulation on Saturday, the Jets would still technically own the top spot in the Division by having played in one fewer game and also having more regulation and overtime wins.
The Jets have won two of the previous head-to-head games this season.Elsewhere in the Western Conference, the Calgary Flames can take control of the Pacific Division with a win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Thanks to San Jose’s loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night, the Flames enter Saturday with a four-point lead in the Pacific Division race and can open that up to a six-point lead with a win.That would not yet clinch the division, but it would be a massive cushion to have this late in the season.
The Flames have only won their division one time (the 2005-06 season) since 1994-95 and can take a big step toward claiming the Pacific on Saturday night.”Other teams play differently when he’s in the lineup,” Jets forward Andrew Copp said about the defenseman who is 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds.
“Dustin brings a presence that no one else can in this League,” goalie Connor Hellebuyck said. “He makes guys fear a little bit.”The 33-year-old is the full package of mobility and physicality with a soft pair of hands who contributes at both ends of the rink. He can also intimidate with his hard shot and just about any time he chooses to initiate contact.
Simply, the Jets need what Byfuglien brings if they want to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which start two weeks from Wednesday.
But Byfuglien has missed more games (39) than he’s played (37) this season because of a variety of injuries. The latest, a lower-body injury sustained against the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 14, has cost him the past 18 games. However, he was back on the ice Monday with his teammates, in a yellow, non-contact jersey.
“Really encouraging,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. “We’re not going to accomplish our goals without him. We’ve sure missed him and it’s great to see him back out there. He always brings such a positive energy to our room and any time he’s on the ice with us.
“He’s one of the best defensemen in the NHL. That’s where we miss him the most.””He changes the way [opposing] forwards view their night,” Maurice said. “I don’t know that people are chirping our bench any more but you’re not checking your shoulder quite as hard when you’re going to get a puck when it’s not Dustin coming after you.
“He’s a really, really good player and he’s very unique in what he does. He’s our highest-paid player ($8 million this season) that we’ve missed for half a year. We’ve played our best. It’s all relative, but you need all hands on deck because you’re going to lose other guys so you need the big man in the lineup.”
The Jets are also expecting defenseman Josh Morrissey back soon. Morrissey has missed 14 games since sustaining an upper-body injury at the Arizona Coyotes on Feb. 24. He has been skating since this past Saturday and the Jets say they hope Morrissey’s window to return opens in early April.
Byfuglien and Morrissey will be important additions for Winnipeg (45-27-4), which has a two-point lead over the Nashville Predators for first place in the Central Division with a game in hand.