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NASHVILLE Martin Hanzal Jersey Womens , Tenn. (AP) Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has years of postseason experience, including a couple Game 7s and a Stanley Cup Final.Connor Hellebuyck has the Winnipeg Jets on the verge of their first Western Conference final in his first playoff appearance, and the best comparison he can make to the looming Game 7 in Nashville is playing for Hockey East championships back in college.”I have yet to be scored on in one, so I like those odds,” Hellebuyck said. ”This has nothing to do with that. This is whole new level and you’ve just got to get into the game as much as you can.”Nobody has reflected the roller-coaster ride of this thrilling Western Conference semifinal between the NHL’s top two teams in the regular season than their Vezina Trophy finalists. Rinne has been pulled from not one but two games – both on his own ice – before staving off elimination in Game 6 with his second shutout this postseason.”When you think about Game 7, as a team, as an individual, you’re just going to give it all and do your best and do it as a team and trust your teammates,” Rinne said Wednesday. ”I think that’s the best formula and focus on your own team.”Hellebuyck’s stats include a 2-1 record in Nashville in this series, which ends Thursday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in the only Game 7 of the second round this postseason. Hellebuyck gave up three goals in a 4-0 home loss Monday night  Anton Khudobin Jersey Womens , turning this into a winner-take-all game for the right to play Vegas in the conference final.”We know it’s all on the line, and nothing in the past is going to bother us,” Hellebuyck said. ”We can’t let it. This is going to be the most fun game we’re going to play and I think a lot of us are going to enjoy ourselves.”RESTED RINNEA Justin Timberlake concert Wednesday night pushed Game 7 to Thursday night, giving the 35-year-old Rinne two days of rest. During the regular season, the Predators goalie went 11-3 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .936 save percentage during the season when he got two days to rest between games. ”It’s nice to have that extra day,” Rinne said.EDGE IN EXPERIENCEThe eventual Stanley Cup champion in each of the past five seasons has won a Game 7 along the way. This is the Predators’ third Game 7. The Jets will become the 29th active NHL franchise to play a Game 7 on Thursday night. Nashville is among both the 14 teams to win their first Game 7 and the 10 who did that on the road, beating Anaheim in 2016 to clinch a first-round series.Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, 5-2 in Game 7s, is one of only four NHL coaches to win a Game 7 in each of four different playoff rounds (Pat Burns, Mike Keenan and John Tortorella). He also has 20 Predators who have at least one Game 7 on their resume. Jets coach Paul Maurice is 2-0 himself, though only eight of his Jets have played in a Game 7.RAZOR-THIN SERIESNashville finished only three points (117) ahead of Winnipeg (114) for the Presidents’ Trophy Wade Megan Jersey Womens , and this series has been about as close as possible. The Jets have more goals (22-18), while Nashville has more shots on goal (217-213). But even-strength shot attempts are 338 apiece with each team blocking 97 shots. The Predators have only three more hits (144-141).TOP LINE MATTERSNashville’s JOFA line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson combined for eight points in keeping the Predators alive with a 4-0 win in Game 6. Winnipeg’s top line of Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele had eight points in Game 5.”It’s the final game for one team,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. ”So, there’s lot of emotion, lots of excitement. But there’s definitely a calmness to it. There’s a finality coming. It brings out the best I think.”THE DREAM GAME”Ever since I started playing hockey, I was five years old, you put yourself in that position where you play a Game 7 in the playoffs,” Jets forward Mathieu Perrault said. ”This is what we play for. So this should be the most fun we’ve had all year.”— The Buffalo Sabres winning streak is reaching historic proportions.Sam Reinhart scored the clinching goal in a shootout against the Red Wings at Detroit on Saturday night to give the Sabres their ninth win in a row.The Sabres (16-6-2) return home for a game Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks (12-8-4). A win by the Sabres would give them 10 straight wins, which would match the club record set in 1983-84 and tied when Buffalo won its first 10 games of the 2006-07 season.Article continues below …“I think during this streak you can look at it and see how many different heroes we’ve had Tobias Rieder Jersey Womens ,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. “There are guys stepping up in key situations.”Everything was not so good with the Sharks Saturday night when they lost an away game 6-0 to the Vegas Golden Knights.During the second period, San Jose’s Evander Kane received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 10-minute penalty for abuse of officials and a game misconduct after arguing a tripping call. Soon after, coach Pete DeBoer was ejected as well.“You’re going to kick a guy out for arguing a call because emotions are high?” DeBoer said. “Have a feel for the game. I didn’t even swear. I just asked them, did that feel good kicking Evander out under these circumstances? That was enough, I guess — I guess he wanted another victim.”After earning shutouts in two straight starts, backup Aaron Dell was given the start against the Golden Knights after stopping 19 shots in a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Dell allowed six goals in 36 shots Saturday. Martin Jones figures to get the start in Buffalo.“We weren’t good tonight,” DeBoer said. “Two of our last three games were shutouts. We were 4-1-1 on our last homestand. We had a bad night. It happens.”Dell had little protection against Vegas. “I don’t think he could have done much (Saturday),” Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson said. “I don’t think we helped him out a lot.”The game against Vegas started a segment of the schedule in which the Sharks will play 25 of 40 games on the road.The Sabres, meanwhile, had a strong effort from their backup goaltender Linus Ullmark Mike Hoffman Jersey Womens , who made 33 saves in his first start since Nov. 17. He made breakaway saves on Detroit’s Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin.“You’ve got Linus stepping in and playing out of his mind, making some huge saves, bailing me out and bailing us out a few times,” said Eichel, who extended his points streak to six games with an assist Saturday. “You can’t say enough about him. We find a way to get two points again.”Ullmark feels that playing so many close games recently have helped the Sabres keep things in perspective.“For us it’s been a battle all the way to the end,” Ullmark said. “That’s what keeps us down to earth, because we know it’s a very tight league and you can’t just go and glide on some pink clouds up there in the sky and think that you’re going to win every night just because you’ve done it before.”Carter Hutton likely will get the start in goal on Tuesday.Sabres coach Phil Housley praised his team for enduring a tough stretch in the schedule.“I have to give credit to our guys, that’s everybody who’s played in these six games in nine nights,” Housley said. “It has been a grind. The guys continue to find energy and ways to win hockey games.”It probably helps that the Sabres, who have struggled for several seasons, are enjoying their resurgence.“Obviously it’s early Peter Budaj Jersey Womens , right? We want to keep this thing going and we want to win as many games as we can,” Eichel said. “It’s only November. But just from where we’ve come from and the struggles the last few years and last year, I just think everyone’s really stepped up this year. We’ve committed to putting our best foot forward every day, trying to get better. It’s a great feeling. Obviously, we have a lot to accomplish still.”

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