Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

The Nashville Predators hope to even the series up at Bell MTS Place in Game 4 of the NHL’s Western Conference Semifinals. The first puck drops at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 3, and it will be broadcasted live on NBC Sports Network.

Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds

With a moneyline of -145, Winnipeg enters the game as the heavy favorite. The line for Nashville sits at +125 and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 6 goals (-110 for the over, -110 for the under).

The Jets are 58-32 straight up (SU) and have earned moneyline bettors 21.2 units this season. That winning percentage, ranked second in the league in this young season, is a welcome improvement over the 40-42 record from last years regular season campaign. Through 90 regular season matches, 44 of the teams games have gone over the total, while another 44 have gone under and just two have pushed. This year, the team is 36-9 SU at home.

Winnipeg’s offensive skaters attempted 32.5 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.4 goals per contest (ranked second overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the clubs risen to an average of 35.4 shots on goal ( 3.9 goals per game).

Following a regular season where they scored on 23.5 percent of all power-play opportunities (the fifth-strongest), the Jets have connected on 23.8 percent of their postseason power plays. Their penalty kill has gone from 81.2 percent in the regular season to 75.0 percent in the playoffs.

Averaging 28.1 saves per game with a .923 save percentage, Connor Hellebuyck (50-25-10) has been the top goalkeeper for the Jets this year. If the Jets choose to give him a rest, however, the team may turn to Steve Mason (5-9-9 record, .907 save percentage, 3.15 goals against average).

The Jets will continue to look for offensive production from Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine. Wheeler (101 points) has tallied 26 goals and 75 assists and has recorded two or more points 26 times this year. Laine has 46 goals and 31 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 56 contests.

On the other side of the rink, Nashville is 58-33 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 11.7 units this year. A total of 46 of its contests have gone over the total, while 44 have gone under and just one has pushed. Nashville’s 27-18 SU as the road team this season.

Nashville has converted on 21.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s right around league average. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked sixth overall and it’s successfully defended 82.3 percent of all penalties.

Nashville’s players have been penalized 4.5 times per game this season, and 5.8 per game over their last five road outings. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 7.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Pekka Rinne (2.41 goals against average and .924 save percentage) has been the primary option in goal for Nashville. Rinne is averaging 28.6 saves per game and owns a 47-21-4 record.

Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Predators will be Filip Forsberg (31 goals, 44 assists) and Viktor Arvidsson (32 goals, 35 assists).

Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets Betting Picks

NHL Prediction: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone under in three of Winnipeg’s last five games.
  • Nashville has managed 32.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg is averaging 38.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Winnipeg has scored 4.4 goals per game and allowed just 2.0 over its five-game winning streak.
  • Seven of Winnipeg’s last ten outings have been decided by two or more goals, and the club is 6-1 overall in those games.
  • The Jets this season have tallied the 11th-most hits per game (22.9), but the club has averaged 29.0 over their past five home outings.