NASHVILLE http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/yannick-ngakoue-jersey-cheap , Tenn. (AP) Playing the Winnipeg Jets is exactly why Nashville coach Peter Laviolette wanted home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs.Even if it’s a round – or two – earlier than anyone really wants.Laviolette’s Predators play Winnipeg in the Western Conference semifinals after turning in their best season in franchise history to grab the right to start and end a series in the place called ”Smashville.”They edged out their Central Division rival by a mere three points for the Presidents’ Trophy, and this will be just the fifth series since 1990 between the NHL’s top two teams in the regular season.”They wanted divisional battles, got them,” Laviolette said. ”This should be a big series.”It’s the second straight postseason that division foes and the league’s top finishers meet in this round. Pittsburgh, which wound up beating Nashville in the Stanley Cup Final, advanced to the Eastern finals by downing the Capitals in Game 7 in Washington.Winnipeg and Nashville played so well that this series has been anticipated for weeks, so good it could be a Cup Final despite the Predators winning the regular-season series 3-1-1. Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban dismissed such talk Thursday, noting this round remains a long way from the Stanley Cup Final.A thrilling series with lots of speed and goals? That the Jets and Predators can provide.”The thing about winning, and I’m sure you ask anybody who’s won a Cup, is the steps that it takes to get there,” Subban said. ”You have to go through some thick walls, and this is definitely one of the thickest walls that we’re going to have to get through to get there.”Winnipeg goes against the defending Western Conference champs coming off the franchise’s first postseason series victory after relocating from Atlanta in 2011 with 10 Jets making their playoff debuts against the Wild. Winnipeg center Bryan Little says that makes the Jets the underdogs by just a little bit.”It’s going to be a really tough series and a tight series, so I think that’s why everyone’s so excited about it,” Little said.Some things to know before Game 1 on Friday night:VEZINA FINALISTSGoalies for both the Jets and Predators are finalists for the Vezina Trophy with Nashville veteran Pekka Rinne looking to win the award in his fourth try.Connor Hellebuyck made his postseason debut Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey , shutting out Minnesota twice with a 1.94 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Rinne’s numbers weren’t nearly as glitzy against Colorado, but he tightened up over the final three games with a 1.34 GAA and .951 save percentage, including a shutout in the series clincher.HOME AND ROADNobody was better in the NHL at home than the Jets who went 32-7-2, and they have won 12 straight in Winnipeg, including all three in ousting Minnesota. The Jets haven’t lost at home since Feb. 27 – to Nashville. The Predators were the league’s best away from home (25-9-7). The Predators won twice on the road in the first round, including clinching in Colorado in Game 6.OFFENSIVE FIREPOWEREven with Rinne and Hellebuyck in net, these teams combined for 42 goals in five games in the regular season with Nashville outscoring the Jets 22-20. It was the most goals the Jets scored against any team, while they also gave up the most goals to any opponent. The Jets also ranked second in the regular season for both most goals (273) and average goals per game (3.33)SHUT DOWN WHO?Nashville’s top trio is nicknamed the ”JOFA” line for Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson. But the Predators’ top scoring line against Colorado was their third line of center Nick Bonino with Austin Watson and Colton Sissons, who combined for 19 points. The Jets can match Nashville’s scoring depth with seven players scoring at least 43 points in the regular season led by Blake Wheeler (91 points) and Patrik Laine (team-high 44 goals).SO DEFENSIVENashville has four of the NHL’s best defensemen in Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Subban and Mattias Ekholm. But the group that led the league with 55 goals only had one goal in the first round, and that came in Game 6 from Ekholm. Subban says defending comes first for a team that ranked second in the regular season in allowing both the second-fewest goals (204) and average goals per game (2.49).— PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart made 22 saves in his NHL debut and Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night and made interim coach Scott Gordon a winner in his first game.Radko Gudas also scored for Philadelphia, which snapped a four-game losing streak.The Flyers were playing their first game since head coach Dave Hakstol was fired on Monday http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/patrick-mahomes-ii-jersey , a more that capped a tumultuous few weeks. General manager Ron Hextall was fired last month and new GM Chuck Fletcher ended Hakstol’s four-year tenure after a 1-4 road trip was punctuated by Saturday’s 5-1 loss at Vancouver. The Flyers entered the game last in the Eastern Conference with 28 points.Fletcher promoted Gordon from the Flyers’ AHL Lehigh Valley affiliate.Dennis Cholowski and Jacob de la Rose scored for Detroit, which has lost four in a row and five of six.MAPLE LEAFS 7, DEVILS 2NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Patrick Marleau scored in the opening 13:38 to lead Toronto.Nazem Kadri matched his career high with three assists and Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly added second-period goals as Toronto embarrassed New Jersey for the second time this season and won for the seventh time in 11 games. Tyler Ennis scored two late goals.Frederik Andersen made 27 saves in winning for the second time in his last five starts.Sami Vatanen and Nico Hischier scored for the struggling Devils, who are 3-6-6 in their last 15 games. Keith Kinkaid gave up five goals on 21 shots before being lifted with New Jersey down 5-1 after 40 minutes.PANTHERS 5, SABRES 2BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evgenii Dadonov had two goals and an assist to pace Florida.Troy Brouwer, Aleksander Barkov and Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers, who scored three goals in a span of 2:44 in the third period. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo, which lost to Florida for the seventh consecutive time. Carter Hutton made 30 saves.RANGERS 3, DUCKS 1NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hayes scored on a short-handed breakaway with 40 seconds remaining and New York rallied to beat Anaheim.Vladislav Namestnikov had a goal and two assists, and Filip Chytil added an empty-netter in the Rangers’ three-goal third period. Alexandar Georgiev, called up on Sunday after a stint in the minors Authentic Derwin James Jersey , stopped 14 shots to help New York win for the second time in eight games (2-3-3).Pontus Aberg scored on a deflection in the second period for the Ducks, who had won nine of their previous 10 games. Chad Johnson, claimed off waivers from St. Louis on Dec. 11, finished with 21 saves in his Anaheim debut.SHARKS 4, WILD 0ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Logan Couture scored twice and Martin Jones made 26 saves for his first shutout this season and the 20th of his career in San Jose’s win over Minnesota.Joe Pavelski added his 21st goal for San Jose, which has won five straight games and seven of eight. Sharks rookie Lukas Radil had an empty-net goal and one assist.Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 shots for Minnesota, which has lost seven of 10.BLACKHAWKS 2, PREDATORS 1CHICAGO (AP) — Cam Ward made 30 saves in his first start since Corey Crawford was sidelined by a concussion, helping Chicago top Nashville.Defensemen Gustav Forsling and Erik Gustafsson scored for last-place Chicago, which had dropped 10 of 11. Patrick Kane picked up an assist on Gustafsson’s tiebreaking goal in the second period, giving him at least one point in seven of his last eight games.Kevin Fiala scored for the Predators, who dropped to 0-6-2 in their last eight road games. Pekka Rinne had 34 stops.STARS 2, FLAMES 0DALLAS (AP) — Ben Bishop got help from backup Anton Khudobin in a combined shutout and Dallas beat Pacific Division-leading Calgary.Jamie Benn and Radek Faksa scored for the Stars.Bishop was injured with 6:23 remaining in the second period when Garnet Hathaway skated into him behind the net. Khudobin closed out the period with three saves http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/derwin-james-jersey , and Bishop returned for the third, when he made 12 of his 21 stops. Hathaway was penalized for goaltender interference.Dallas returned from an 0-4 trip to win their fifth straight home game. The Flames had won three straight and eight of nine.David Rittich stopped 26 shots for the Flames.ISLANDERS 3, COYOTES 1GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots, Anthony Beauvillier scored his fourth goal in five games and New York beat struggling Arizona.Arizona’s Mario Kempe scored in the first period, but Joshua Ho-Sang answered and Brock Nelson put New York ahead with a goal early in the second.Beauvillier made it a two-goal lead and Ryan Pulock had two assists for the Islanders, who withstood a late power play to win their third straight.Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots for the Coyotes in their sixth loss in seven games since a four-game winning streak.BLUES 4, OILERS 1EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Pat Maroon was credited with the tiebreaking goal following a replay review early in the third period, and St. Louis went on to beat Edmonton.David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz also scored for the Blues, who have won three of four. Brayden Schenn had three assists.Jesse Puljujarvi scored for the Oilers, who had won six straight home games.Maroon’s goal came 2:19 into the final period. Officials declared the puck crossed the line during a goal-mouth scramble, even though initially no goal was called on the ice.LIGHTNING 5 Authentic Aaron Donald Jersey , CANUCKS 2VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist to reach 50 points this season and lead Tampa Bay.A feisty Canucks squad kept pace with Tampa Bay in a heated game marked by a flurry of fights, but couldn’t overpower the top team in the NHL.Cedric Paquette, Adam Erne, Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat also scored for the Lightning (26-7-2). Tampa Bay has not lost in regulation since Nov. 27.Tyler Motte and Chris Tanev had the goals for the Canucks (16-17-4).Anders Nilsson stopped 34 of 38 shots for Vancouver, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves for Tampa Bay.KINGS 4, JETS 1LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Wagner scored twice and Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak.Alex Iafallo and Nate Thompson each had a goal and Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings, who ended Winnipeg’s five-game winning streak.Mathieu Perreault scored for the fifth straight game and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots as the Jets lost for only the second time in 11 games. Winnipeg also had won five in a row on the road.