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E-mail The NHL Players Association has filed an appeal on behalf of Tom Wilson after the Capitals forward was suspended 20 games for an illegal check to the head.The NHLPA announced the expected move Friday Custom Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys , which had to happen within 48 hours of the Department of Player Safety suspending Wilson. Commissioner Gary Bettman will hear the appeal, though the date has not been determined.Wilson was suspended for his hit on Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist in Washingtons preseason finale. It is the fourth suspension of Wilsons career, all coming in the past 13 months, and will cost him over $1.26 million in salary as a repeat offender if its upheld.This is the seventh appeal Bettman will hear since 2012. He upheld bans of 10 games for Antoine Vermette in 2017, 20 for Dennis Wideman in 2016 and 15 games for Shawn Thornton and 10 games for Patrick Kaleta in 2013. He reduced Daniel Carcillos 10-game suspension to six in 2014 and Raffi Torres 25-game suspension to 21 in 2012.If Bettman upholds this suspension, Wilson and the NHLPA could appeal to a neutral arbitrator. Widemans ban for striking an official was reduced to 10 games by an arbitrator, though he had already served 19 by the time that decision was rendered. NASHVILLE www.sanjosesharksteamshop.com , Tenn. (AP) Playing the Winnipeg Jets is exactly why Nashville coach Peter Laviolette wanted home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs.Even if its a round or two earlier than anyone really wants.Laviolettes 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 NHLs top two teams in the regular season.They wanted divisional battles, got them, Laviolette said. This should be a big series.Its the second straight postseason that division foes and the leagues 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 San Jose Sharks T-Shirts Womens , 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 Im sure you ask anybody whos 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 were going to have to get through to get there.Winnipeg goes against the defending Western Conference champs coming off the franchises 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.Its going to be a really tough series and a tight series, so I think thats why everyones 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 San Jose Sharks Hoodies Womens , shutting out Minnesota twice with a 1.94 goals-against average and .924 save percentage. Rinnes numbers werent 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 havent lost at home since Feb. 27 to Nashville. The Predators were the leagues 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 San Jose Sharks Hats Womens , 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?Nashvilles 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 Nashvilles 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 NHLs 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).

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