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Despite being one of the worst scoring teams in hockey, the Winnipeg Jets have found a way to remain competitive in the Central Division through the first 17 games. Yeezy Boost China Wholesale . Even a return to last seasons middling scoring could go a long way to turning them into playoff contenders, and the next step comes Saturday night as they make their fourth stop on a five-game trip against the Nashville Predators. Though theyre posting an alarmingly low 1.82 goals per game a season after finishing 15th (2.67) in 2013-14, the Jets (9-6-2) have been one of the NHLs better defensive teams. Theyve limited opponents to 2.00 goals per game after finishing last season 22nd in that category at 2.82. Over a 5-1-1 stretch, including Thursdays 3-1 win at Carolina, Winnipeg has allowed just nine goals. Offensively, Blake Wheeler had his second multigoal effort of the season. Hes also got seven points in his last six games against Nashville. We like the way weve been playing recently and we didnt want to get away from that because of one loss, said Wheeler, whose team was coming off Tuesdays 3-0 defeat in Montreal. Were a confident group right now. You never want to lose two games in a row. Thats a staple of good teams, teams that are playoff-caliber teams. We didnt want to let this slide. Part of the defensive effort could be the fact theyve faced below-average shot totals this season (28.2) after ranking 17th a season ago (30.1). Its also got plenty to do with solid goaltending. Backup Michael Hutchinson made 22 saves Thursday to improve to 2-1-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average in four games. Starter Ondrej Pavelec has been strong most of the season, particularly over a 5-1-2 stretch with a 1.44 GAA. That run includes a 3-1 home win over Nashville on Nov. 4 as the Jets evened the season series 1-all. Collectively, the goaltenders save percentage ranks among the league leaders (.929) a season after finishing 24th (.907). Pavelec figures to get the nod versus the Predators, against whom hes 4-4-1 with a 2.07 GAA in 10 games. Nashville (10-4-2) hasnt been too far off the Jets defensive zone numbers, limiting opponents to 2.06 goals per game, though it suffered a 4-3 loss in St. Louis on Thursday and is now tasked with continuing its run of avoiding consecutive defeats this season. The Predators continued to get production from Filip Forsberg, who scored his seventh goal on a six-game scoring streak and added two assists to give the 20-year-old 13 points on a seven-game point streak. Its a level of production Nashville anticipated. The only question was going to be when, not if, general manager David Poile told the teams official website. Pekka Rinne has been established for quite a bit longer but will be looking for a bounce-back effort after allowing four goals on 27 shots. Still, the veteran is 4-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA this month and posted a 31-save shutout in Winnipeg on Oct. 17. As a starter, Rinne is 5-0-0 with a 1.99 GAA against the Jets. In front of him, the Predators have made things a bit easier by limiting short-handed situations. Theyve faced an NHL-low 43 and posted a 5-for-6 kill in the last four games. Winnipeg hasnt done much with the power-play chances it has had as the clubs special teams have mirrored its even-strength play. The power play is 3 for 22 (13.6 percent) over eight games, while the penalty kill is 23 for 25 (92.0). 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Jefferson has averaged 14.5 points, 4. http://www.brandshoescheaponline.com/wholesale-air-max-china/max-97-clearance-sale.html . - The Oakland Athletics have finalized an agreement on a 10-year extension to play at the Coliseum through the 2024 season.The Detroit Red Wings can clinch their 23rd straight trip to the playoffs when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins for Wednesdays battle at Consol Energy Center. Catch the game as part of a doubleheader on TSN2 starting at 8pm et/5pm pt. The Red Wings, who last missed the playoffs in 1990, need to gain just one point from Wednesdays game to qualify for the postseason yet again. With 90 points, Detroit is five ahead of ninth-seeded Washington and six clear of New Jersey. All three teams have three games left in the regular season, and both the Capitals and Devils are idle on Wednesday. The Red Wings also are a point ahead of Columbus for the first of the Eastern Conferences two wild card playoff spots. The Blue Jackets play Wednesday in Dallas. The Red Wings have won five of their last six games to solidify their postseason chances. After dropping the opener of a three-game road trip Saturday in Montreal, Detroit bounced back with Tuesdays 4-2 victory in Buffalo. Darren Helm, David Legwand and Pavel Datsyuk scored third-period goals for the Red Wings in the win over the Sabres. Brendan Smith also tallied for Detroit, while Jimmy Howard backed up his offense with 25 saves. Detroit head coach Mike Babcock won his 414th game with the franchise, vaulting him over Jack Adams for tops on the all-time list. "The win tonight is way more important than that," Babcock said. Detroit improved to 20-15-4 as the visiting team this season after Tuesdays win. The club will host Carolina in its final home game of the regular season on Friday before completing its schedule Sunday in St. Louis. Pittsburgh is wrapping up the regular season on a three-game homestand that begins tonight. The club already has sealed up the Metropolitan Division title and is locked into the second seed in the East. All that is left for the Penguins is to await the outcome of the other playoff races, which will determine who Pittsburgh hosts in the opening round of the postseason. The Penguins have won four of their last six games and are coming off Sundays 3-2 shootout win in Colorado. Pittsburgh outlasted the Avalanche despite playing without captain Sidney Crosby, fellow forward Chris Kunitz and defensemen Olli Maatta and Brooks Orpik due to various injuries. Pittsburgh could get some of those players back tonight, and the club also will see defenseman Kris Letang make his return to the lineup after suffering a stroke in January. Letang has missed 26 games since last playing on Jan. 27 against Buffalo. The 26-year-old blueliner had been cleared by doctors to resume all physical activities in late March and Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero said it was up to Letang when he wanted to come back. "Kris was cleared by doctors and it was his choice on when to return," Shero said. "Hes been bugging me for a while to play" Letang had battled injuries this season before suffering the stroke in January, but still has managed to post 10 goals and eight assists in just 34 games this season. He went on blood thinners following the stroke, but was taken off them when he returned to practice last month. Meanwhile, Crosby, Kunitz, Maatta and Orpik all practiced on Tuesday and are questionable for Wednesdays game. Even if all four of those players return tonight, Pittsburgh will still be without several injured players, including forward Evgeni Malkin. Brandon Sutter supplied both regulation goals for the Penguins in Sundays win, giving him 13 tallies on the season. Jussi Jokinen netted the lone shootout goal in the second round, as the Penguins picked up the win at Pepsi Center. Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 39 saves to earn the victory. Nike Air Max Plus Clearance. . The Pens and Red Wings have split a pair of meetings in 2013-14, but Wednesdays matchup marks the first encounter this season in Pittsburgh. Detroit has fared well recently in the Steel City, going 3-1-1 in the last five encounters at Consol Energy Center. Pittsburgh is 27-9-2 as the host this season. San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks The Anaheim Ducks have a chance to wrap up their second straight Pacific Division title and set a new franchise record on Wednesday night when they host the rival San Jose Sharks. Catch the game as the back end of a doubleheader on TSN2 starting at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt. The Ducks own a three-point lead over the Sharks for first place in the division with three games left to play for both clubs. Anaheim, though, can clinch the Pacific crown with a victory tonight as they own the current tiebreaker with 10 more non-shootout victories. San Jose missed a chance to grab first place in the standings as it lost 3-0 to the Nashville Predators on Saturday. The setback didnt appear costly the following day as Anaheim lost a 4-2 decision in Edmonton, but the Ducks capitalized on their other game in hand by defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-0 on Monday. "On paper, it sounds really good," said Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau on Monday of clinching. "But the fact we play San Jose the next game, L.A. the next game after that, and Colorado, its not going to be an easy thing. Weve got to play a lot like we played tonight if we want to have success on Wednesday and beyond." With starter Jonas Hiller having allowed 11 goals over a personal 0-2-1 skid and backup goaltender Frederik Andersen out with an upper-body injury, John Gibson made his NHL debut in net and posted an 18-save shutout. At 20 years and 297 days old, Gibson became the youngest goaltender since Buffalos Darren Puppa in 1985 to record a shutout in his NHL debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Gibson also became the first NHL goaltender of any age to notch a shutout in his debut since Al Montoya for Phoenix on April 1, 2009. "The team played really well in front of me and made my job easier," said Gibson, a highly-touted prospect who was taken in the second round of the 2011 draft. "I only had to make regular saves and if there was any rebounds they cleared it out." Daniel Winnik, Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey all scored for the Ducks, who stopped a two-game losing streak and reached 110 points on the season to match the previous club single-season record set in 2006-07. Anaheim also is one point behind the St. Louis Blues for the top seed in the Western Conference with three games to play. The Sharks have been idle since suffering their fourth shutout loss of the season. Antti Niemi was beaten three times on 24 shots, with all three goals yielded in a span of less than 10 minutes of the second period. San Jose had won the first two of a three-game homestand and host Colorado on Friday before ending the regular season the following day at Phoenix. "Its the time of year where you cant have baggage," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. "You cant carry things forward." Still, the Sharks face an uphill battle to pass the Ducks, leaving them a likely first-round matchup with the third-place Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks have won three of four versus the Ducks this season, but all three victories came at home and they lost a 6-3 decision in their lone previous trip to Anaheim on Dec. 31. The Ducks have won eight of the last 11 meetings at home overall. ' ' '

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