Jets maintain their thrust

07 March 2018 11:39:54 UK

The Winnipeg Jets continued their breakout season on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Patrik Laine scored a hat-trick for the Jets, who continue to chase the streaking Nashville Predators in the Central Division.

Laine, the second pick in the 2017 NHL Draft behind Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, continues to impress and is second to only Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals in goals scored.

Despite the victory, Winnipeg is still six points adrift of the Predators in the standings after Nashville also picked up a victory on Tuesday.

The Jets' six-game road swing, which culminates with a game against the Predators in Nashville, continues on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark.

It's then on to face the Philadelphia Flyers and Capitals in a series of games that should define just how serious the Stanley Cup aspirations are for Winnipeg this season.

Meanwhile, the Predators made it nine games on the trot with a 2-0 triumph over the Dallas Stars at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Ryan Hartman scored the only goal that mattered early in the third period, with Nick Bonino adding an empty-netter with 14 seconds left to play in regulation.

While the Vegas Golden Knights have started to show the pace down the stretch with a 5-4-1 record over their past 10 games, the Predators have asserted themselves as the team to beat in the Western Conference, as they look for a return to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Nashville are 6/4 to win the Western Conference, with the Golden Knights 17/4 and the Jets 5/1.

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