NASHVILLE — Pekka Rinne made 29 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

The shutout was the 52nd of Rinne’s career. Ryan Hartman had a goal and an assist and Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen also scored for Nashville, which improved its record on the young season to 3-1-0.

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for the Jets, now 2-2-0.

The Central Division’s top two teams from a season ago met for the first time since the Jets ousted the then defending Western Conference champion Predators in a tough seven-game series in the second round of the playoffs.

Hartman scored the game’s first goal at 3:02 of the second period.

With the puck just inside the Nashville blue line, Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot sent an ill-advised cross-ice pass toward partner Dustin Byfuglien. Hartman stepped in front of the pass in stride and headed the other way. With a step on Byfuglien, Hartman shielded the big defenceman with his hip and beat Hellebuyck with a backhand …read more



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