Nashville Predators (58-21-11) at Winnipeg Jets (57-21-11)
NHL: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET (MTS Centre)
Line and Odds: Jets -141/Predators +128 – Over/Under: 5.5
FREE NHL Pick Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets (O/U)
The Nashville Predators (58-21-11) enter this game coming off an overtime victory that tied the series at 1-1. Nashville got two goals from Ryan Johansen and three points from Viktor Arvidsson. Nashville has played well offensively in the postseason, ranking fourth among all playoff teams in scoring. This was a common theme in the regular season as well, as the Predators ranked seventh in scoring in the NHL. Nashville’s strength throughout the regular season was defense, as they ranked second in the league in goals allowed. The Predators have allowed 2.88 goals per game in the postseason compared to 2.49 goals in the regular season.
The Winnipeg Jets (57-21-11) are looking to bounce back from their Game 2 overtime loss. This could be the first real test for Winnipeg as they cruised to 4-1 series victory over Minnesota in the first round. The Jets were very impressive on both sides of the puck in the regular season, ranking in the top five in both goals for and against. Winnipeg’s offense has played similarly in the playoffs, scoring 3.43 goals per game compared to 3.33 goals in the regular season. The Jets defense has been spectacular through seven games of the playoffs, ranking third among playoff teams in goals allowed, giving up only 2.14 goals per game. This is why giving up four goals in regulation was a shocker in Game 2.
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1-6 ATS in the last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 5 games
13-4 in last 17 road games
5-1 ATS in last 6 games
16-3 SU in last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in last 5 home games
FREE NHL Pick Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators (O/U)
This is a big game as the Jets look to defend their home ice. Winnipeg’s defense has been superb so far this postseason, giving up only 2.14 goals per game despite giving up four goals in regulation in Game 2. Nashville, similarly, has relied heavily on their defense all year long, ranking second in the league in goals against. Both of these squads have consistently hit the under in recent weeks. The Jets have hit the under in all of their last five home games, and the Predators have hit the under in four of their last five games overall. I expect this to continue in Game 3. This should be a low-scoring affair with both squads playing intense defense as they look to take the lead in the series.