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NHL Playoffs 2018: Jets destroy Predators in Game 7, arrive at the very first Conference Final | NHL

When every game in this back-and-forth, over-entertainment clash between the Predators and Jets has to be told about six different stories, as the omniscient Paul Maurice suggests, get ready to face the unexpected in the seventh and next year Expect Last Chapter to decide who will come to the Western Conference Finals. Thursday's Game 7 (8pm ET; NBCSN, CBC) has what it takes to become a classic between the two best NHL teams.

It's a cliché to say that a series is too close to call when it's the distance. With these teams much was expected, but this was literally decided by the lowest profit margins.

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For two teams that could not stop meeting each other in the regular season – four of the five regular season games at least a combination of eight goals – these Playoff series has temporarily turned into a defensive fight. The score was 64 percent of the series or was within a goal. @NHLJets and @PredsNHL were undecided for 64% of their tie or within one goal series in tonight's # Game7 . #NHLStats #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/ZpzoErCFOC

– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 10, 2018

In Game 1, Winnipeg was very keen on Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 47 shots in a 4-1 Jets win.

The teams exploded aggressively in Game 2, a 5-4 Predators win in double overtime, and in Game 3, win a 7-4 jets, but Nashville squeezed for a 2-1 win in Game 4. The Jets limited the Predators to two goals in a 6-2 game 5 victory before Pekka Rinne and Co. Winnipeg knocked out 4-0 in Game 6.

In such a toss-up scenario, where either Rinne or Hellebuyck is heavily loaded, the difference could be again. When it comes to controlling the pace of the game, the Predators have the advantage with their quartet of shutdown fans. Or maybe the Jets and the Preds return to their regular seasons in another high-profile thriller. Nashville has to do it without Mike Fisher being out of the question. Both teams are expected to play full strength.

The winner will receive the Golden Knights on Saturday to begin the Western Conference finals.

Sporting News has live updates and highlights during the game. See below to find out how it unfolds. (All Times East.)

Third Period

10:36 am – AIM . Mark Scheifele buries an empty net with 2:33 minutes. With his second goal tonight, he leads the Stanley Cup playoff field at 12. And he also set a new NHL record with seven road targets in a playoff series.

10:25 am – AIM There it is. Paul Stastny, Trade Deadline Acquisition, gets his second and third point of the night to play with 8:01. He has 14 points in the postseason, so GM Kevin Cheveldayoff looks very smart. Winnipeg leads 4: 1. Nashville's season seems to be over.

10:24 am – The Predators will not make it easier. Ryan Johansen gets a penalty of 8:28. A fourth goal for Winnipeg would be the dagger.

10:22 am – Mark Scheifele has a kind of playoff and is now tied for top scoring with 10 points, six in the second round alone. He will be among the leaders of Conn Smythe as the jets move on.

10:11 am – Connor Hellebuyck did not see much action in the second half, but he is still voted here in the third row and stops all six Nashville shots until now, including this beauty on a Kyle Turris backhand in close hands. Turris is frustrated; he has not scored a goal in these playoffs and has not had a point since game 2 of this series.

10:03 am – The third period has begun. Winnipeg is 20 minutes from its very first trip to the conference final.

Second Period: Jets 3, Predators 1

Shots on the target: Jets 17, Predators 16

9:46 pm – The second period is coming to an end. It was all jets that looked like they were in powerplay and regained the shot advantage. Predators need a big comeback in the third period to save their season.

9:43 am – Well, the Predators get another shot at the Powerspiel with a 59 second lead. Josh Morrissey is called to stop. Nashville is currently 1 to 3.

9:41 am – OBJECTIVE. The Predators pay for their lengthy defensive zone problems. Mark Scheifele grabs a cross pass from Blake Wheeler and shoots past Juuse Saros to give the Jets a 2-0 lead. It's 3-1 with 2:10 to go in the second. Mark Scheifele restores Winnipeg's two-goal lead late in the second period. pic.twitter.com/lzUNmVIH8Z

– Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) May 11, 2018

9:36 am – The jets are distributed over the Predators in the second period , Juuse Saros has given Paul Stastny and Kyle Connor two big saves to keep Nashville in goal. Winnipeg holds an 8-3 lead in scoring in less than 3 minutes.

9:20 am – What a salvation from Juuse Saros to Paul Stastny. He saved Colton Sissons, who scored an almost catastrophic turnover in the defensive zone, Stastny with a narrow opportunity in the lead. Remember later.

9:13 am – In Game 7, Jets played 52.5 percent of the total time in the Bridgestone Arena, compared with 15.6 percent of the Predators. Nashville is playing from behind again.

9:11 am – The second period is in progress.

First Period: Jets 2, Predators 1

Shot on goal: Predators 10, Jets 8

20:50 pm – Credit to Peter Laviolette. With Rinne, who runs hot and cold, he does not wait and pays early. The Jets managed only a shot at Saros the rest of the time after the goalkeeper change. Rinne has a career of .903 percent in the postseason store, including .848 at home in this series. Suppose Pekka Rinne does not come back into the game … He only played 10:31, which would be the least amount of time played by a starting goalkeeper in a Game 7 in the NHL's postseason. (Per ESPN Statistics & Info). https://t.co/fS5WoFWd0a

– Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) May 11, 2018

8:44 pm – TOR. P.K. Subban pays for the powerplay. He unleashed a puncture that found its way through traffic, beating Connor Hellebuyck 4:06 for a much-needed goal to go in first. Subban's fourth goal in the series has given life to the Bridgestone Arena.

8:42 am – The Predators get a chance to get some momentum as Kyle Connor a counter-test against PK receives. Subban with 5:07 stays in the first.

8:30 pm – GATE. Do the 2: 0, Jets, and it's another one that makes the fans of Preds shudder. Paul Stastny operated harmlessly behind the net, but Rinne started to cheat the post and stuffed it over the goal line. Rinne's night is over after allowing back-to-back softie on seven shots. He was playing at 10:30. Juuse Saros is in; He has played every 122 minutes of playoff hockey in his life. This is a worst-case scenario for Nashville.

8:29 pm – NHL PR heralds the importance of this first goal may be, especially in a game 7.

8:26 pm – TOR. Jets strike first. Tyler Myers, who runs parallel to the Nashville net, makes a seemingly innocuous shot at Pekka Rinne, who lets him slip through the short side into the net 8:41 in the first half. Rinne will want that back.

8:21 pm – Winnipeg survives Nashville's first power play , Connor Hellebuyck looked keen early and made 6:18 in the opening.

8:17 am – The first punishment of the game goes against the Jets, a high-born minor by Andrew Copp. Predators go to Powerplay 3:08 in.

8:11 am – The puck has fallen on Game 7. Let's do the hockey.


8:08 pm – Sheryl Crow delivers a solid rendition of the national anthem (and gets all the words right). Former Titans running back Eddie George take the ice and wave the rally cloth. Nashville kicks off. Catfish Number: At least three. Probably more.

19:58 – Andddd starting positions are in. No surprises. Calle Jarnkrok joins Mike Fisher on the fourth line of the Preds.

19:40 – Teams have taken the ice for warmups.

17:20 – The Predators Announced Mike Fisher will not be in the lineup after he has suffered a lower body injury in Game 6. He is day by day, the team said, but that should not matter much. Fisher, who retired mid-season to support Nashville's Stanley Cup activities, has centered on the fourth line and hit in Game 3.

3 pm – The jets held an optional morning skate on Thursday and were without multiple notables, including Dustin Byfuglien, Paul Stastny and Tyler Myers. Everyone is expected to play. Toby Enstrom, Jacob Trouba and Bryan Little returned to the ice after skipping the Wednesday practice.

Jets projected lineup:

Kyle Connor – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler

Nikolay Ehlers – Paul Stanstny – Patrik Laine

Mathieu Perreault – Bryan Little – Joel Armia

Brandon Tanev – Adam Lowry – Andrew Copp

Josh Morrissey – Jacob Trouba

Toby Enstrom – Dustin Byfuglien

Ben Chiarot – Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Predator's Projected Lineup: [19659002] Filip Forsberg – Ryan Johansen – Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala – Kyle Turris – Craig Smith

Colton Sissons – Nick Bonino – Austin Watson

Scott Hartnell – Miika Salomaki / Mike Fischer – Calle Jarnkrok

novel Josi – Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm – PK Subban

Matt Irwin – Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Sporting News & # 39; Evan Sporer has contributed to this report.

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