Winnipeg Jets head home looking to clinch series with Nashville Predators

The Winnipeg Jets are hoping to avoid the distractions that come with being one win away from making the first conference final in the city’s history.

“I’m not going to do much grocery shopping,” captain Blake Wheeler joked.

“I don’t think about it too much,” rookie winger Kyle Connor added. “Try to stay focused.”

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The Jets got to within one victory of clinching their second-round series with the Nashville Predators on Saturday after surviving an early onslaught before pulling away for a well-earned 6-2 road decision in Game 5.123

Winnipeg had never seen one of its teams pick up even a solitary win in the second round before this spring. The old Jets, who bolted town to become the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996, got past the second round twice only to be cannon fodder for Wayne Gretzky’s Edmonton Oilers in four-game sweeps in both 1985 and 1987.

The new Jets, formerly the Atlanta Thrashers until 2011, made the post-season for the first time in 2015, but were also swept aside by the Anaheim Ducks in the opening round.

Now this young, fast, resilient team is one victory from reaching the West final at what will no doubt be a thunderous Bell MTS Place on Monday night.

“We just have an unwavering confidence in ourselves,” Wheeler said after Saturday’s win at Bridgestone Arena. “I think we have that because of the depth we have.”

Winnipeg was shut down by Nashville at home in a 2-1 loss in Game 4 as the Predators clogged up the neutral zone and frustrated the speedy Jets to tie the series 2-2.

But a couple subtle changes to Winnipeg’s lineup — Connor was moved back to the top line with Wheeler and Mark Scheifele, while Nikolaj Ehlers returned to play alongside Paul Stastny and Patrik Laine — made a big difference in Game 5.wholesale nfl jerseys

The first line combined for eight points, while the second unit pitched in with four.

It seemed like only a matter of time until Winnipeg’s young guns of Connor, Ehlers and Laine left their mark on the series.

Connor, a rookie, scored the first two playoff goals of his career and set up another, while Laine (one assist) and Ehlers (two assists) had their moments.