National Hockey League
Nashville 5, Winnipeg 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 20, 2022
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Referees: Jon McIsaac, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen: Trent Knorr, Matt MacPherson
Attendance: 17159

Roman Josi became Nashville's career assists leader with two in the first period, and five Predators scored, as the hosts snapped a season-high four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Josi, who has played all 11 of his NHL seasons in Nashville and leads the team with 42 points, moved ahead of David Legwand into the top spot on the club's all-time list with assist No. 357 on Mikael Granlund's goal at the 11:49 mark of the opening period.

He then helped set up Ryan Johansen for the Predators' third goal of the first.

Eali Tolvanen opened the scoring, and the team's final two tallies came when Johansen assisted on Luke Kunin's second-period goal and Tanner Jeannot added an empty-netter. Nashville halted its 0-3-1 rut.

Pierre-Luc Dubois recorded his 17th goal and Mark Scheifele's 10th came early in the third for the Jets, who have dropped back-to-back contests after winning four of five.

Winnipeg outshot the Predators 38-23, with 15 coming in the third, but Nashville's Juuse Saros (36 saves) was stout enough to preserve the lead and record his 21st victory.

Nashville wasted no time, scoring 4:43 into the contest. Matt Benning threw a shot on net from the point, and Tolvanen batted in the rebound.

The Predators made it a 2-0 when Josi picked up his milestone assist. Off Dubois' turnover in his own end, Granlund eventually got the puck, and his shot deflected off the back of Jets defenseman Neal Pionk and past Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck (18 saves).

Josi then dropped a pass to Johansen, who drove the puck through the legs of Hellebuyck with 2:25 left in the first for a 3-0 Nashville lead.

Dubois, though, earned some redemption at the 6:41 mark of the second. With the Jets owning a 5-on-3 advantage, he threw the puck in front of the net, where it ticked off the leg of Nashville's Alexandre Carrier and in to cut the hosts' lead to 3-1.

The Predators regained their three-goal edge when Kunin deflected in Matt Tennyson's point shot with 7:38 left in the middle frame.

Just 25 seconds into the third, Scheifele cut into Nashville's lead.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Winnipeg   Nashville
Josh Morrissey 2 Points Mikael Granlund 2
Pierre-Luc Dubois 1 Goals Mikael Granlund 1
Josh Morrissey 2 Assists Roman Josi 2
Pierre-Luc Dubois 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Connor Hellebuyck .818 Save Percentage Juuse Saros .947
Connor Hellebuyck 18 Saves Juuse Saros 36
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 38 2 1-5 3-3 13 36
Nashville 23 5 0-3 4-5 17 27
Upcoming Games
  • Nashville will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Predators have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .588 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Jets have a W/L % of .529 after a win and .421 after a loss.