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— Panthers offensive lineman Amini Silatolu has a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo surgery Friday.

 

The team isn’t saying how much time Silatolu is expected to miss. He will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis Baker Mayfield Jersey , according to trainer Ryan Vermillion.

Silatolu has been working as the team’s starting left guard as Carolina looks to fill the void of All-Pro Andrew Norwell, who signed earlier this offseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Rookie Brendan Mahon will start the preseason opener Thursday at Buffalo.

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Silatolu has played in 48 games and started 31 in five NFL seasons.

It is the third significant injury in training camp for the Panthers and the second to an offensive lineman. The Panthers lost starting right tackle Daryl Williams to a torn medical collateral ligament and dislocated patella in his right knee, and cornerback Ross Cockrell broke his left leg.

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On the night of Feb. 27, it became clear just how much fun a postseason meeting between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators could be.

Putting on what amounted to a track meet on skates, Winnipeg and Nashville swapped goals all night long at Bell MTS Place. The Jets twice took two-goal leads Nick Chubb Browns Jersey , but the Predators rallied, winning 6-5 when trade deadline acquisition Ryan Hartman scored in the last minute.

The Central Division rivals, who finished with the two highest point totals in the NHL, will start what figures to be a high-scoring Western Conference semifinal series Friday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

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“They’re obviously a really dangerous team offensively Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey , but there were some fun games,” Predators captain Roman Josi said of the Jets. “They’re a great team. They have a lot of firepower up front, they’ve got a great goalie, great defense. It’s going to be a fun series and I’m really excited for it.”

Nashville had to wait a bit longer than anticipated before it could start preparing for Winnipeg. It had to go six games before eliminating Colorado, doing so emphatically Sunday with a 5-0 decision that included Pekka Rinne’s fourth career playoff shutout and three points for the first time in 81 postseason games for center Nick Bonino.

Winnipeg took care of business against Minnesota Brian O'Neill Youth Jersey , sending the Wild to the golf course in five games. Its 5-0 victory in Game 5 on April 20 included a second consecutive playoff shutout for Connor Hellebuyck, as well as Mark Scheifele’s fourth goal of the series and two assists for Dustin Byfuglien.

In five regular-season meetings, Nashville and Winnipeg combined for 42 goals, the Predators scoring 22. Nashville won three games, taking two of the three matchups at home.

“It’s a high-event game. There’s lot of action all the time Taven Bryan Jaguars Jersey ,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “The game doesn’t really slow down when we play. There aren’t blocks of time where teams are just dumping pucks and playing the same game. It’s very intense and very exciting for the full 60.”

Kevin Fiala and Kyle Turris each scored three goals against Winnipeg to lead Nashville.

Nikolaj Ehlers was the Jets’ top goal-scorer against the Predators with three. Nashville center Ryan Johansen tallied nine points in the season series, collecting eight assists, and Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler led Winnipeg with six points each.

As befits a matchup of the teams with the league’s top point total, there simply isn’t much difference across the board.

The Jets were second in the NHL in goals and the Predators were seventh. Nashville was second in the league in fewest goals allowed and Winnipeg was fifth.

Simply put, this has the earmarks of a long series Vontaze Burfict Jersey , one that could feel like a Stanley Cup final two rounds early.

“They’re a skilled group, they’re a fast group,” Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm said of the Jets. “We can’t be worried too much about what they’re going to do. We have to be worried about the way we approach games.

“If we can keep playing like we did in that last game in Colorado, I think we have a good chance.”

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