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Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (26) looks for a loose puck in front of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports)
Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (26) looks for a loose puck in front of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the second period at MTS Centre in Winnipeg on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports)

Ryan Johansen leads Nashville Predators past Winnipeg Jets 4-1 Add to ...

Ryan Johansen scored a goal and added an assist as the Nashville Predators defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Thursday.

Craig Smith, James Neal and Calle Jarnkrok, with an empty-netter, also scored for the Predators. Neal added a helper.

Johansen now has four goals and nine points in seven games since his trade to Nashville from Columbus on Jan. 6.

Nikolaj Ehlers scored his ninth goal of the season for Winnipeg, which recorded its second loss in the second contest of a six-game homestand.

Pekka Rinne made 25 saves for the Predators (21-18-8). Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced for the Jets (21-23-3).

It was the third time the teams have played each other in 16 days. The Jets won the first two, including a 5-4 overtime victory last Thursday in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg was 0 for 4 on the power play and the Predators 1 for 3.

The Jets were without forwards Alexander Burmistrov, Adam Lowry, Mark Scheiefle and Drew Stafford. All but Burmistrov are on the injured-reserve list.

Ehlers scored at 4:16 of the first period after getting behind Nashville’s defence, picking up a long, breakaway pass from Joel Armia and flipping the puck past Rinne.

Nashville capitalized on a kneeing penalty to Jets winger Anthony Peluso to tie it up 1-1 at 16:39 of the first.

Johansen scored his ninth goal of the season on the power play when he jammed the puck in on the short side from behind the goal line.

Nashville took the 2-1 lead on its first shot of the second period when Smith’s shot from inside the faceoff circle went high past a partly screened Hellebuyck for his 10th goal of the season at 5:04.

Winnipeg had an 18-17 edge in shots on goal heading into the third.

Neal scored his 17th goal at 18:08 when Johansen won the faceoff and sent the puck to him out in front. Jarnkrok added the empty-netter 25 seconds later.

Winnipeg host New Jersey on Saturday. The Predators continue their four-game road trip with the second contest Saturday in Edmonton.

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