Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Bell MTS Place plays host to a divisional showdown as the Winnipeg Jets welcome the visiting Nashville Predators. It’s the fifth and last time that the two clubs will meet in the regular season. The match gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 25 and it is being televised live on Sportsnet 360.

Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets Odds

Nashville is 48-26 straight up (SU) and has netted 15.6 units for moneyline bettors this season. 36 of its games have gone over the total, while another 36 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Preds are 23-14 SU on the road in 2017-18.

Nashville has converted on 20.6 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s right around league average. On the other hand, it has the seventh-best penalty kill in the league, and it’s successfully killed off 82.6 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Preds have been penalized 4.5 times per game during the 2017-18 season, 4.0 per game over its last five contests total, and 4.4 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 8.0 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Averaging 29.2 saves per game with a .928 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (40-15-4) has been the top option in goal for Nashville this season. Rinne did just play last night, however, so the team may opt to rest him and roll with Juuse Saros instead (8-12-6 record, .925 save percentage, 2.37 goals against average).

Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Predators. Arvidsson has 56 points on 27 goals and 29 assists, and has recorded two or more points 16 times. Forsberg has 21 goals and 33 assists to his nameand has notched a point in 37 games.

Winnipeg is 45-29 straight up (SU) and has earned 11.7 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 74 regular season outings, 36 of its games have gone over the total, while another 36 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 28-9 SU at home this year.

The Jets have converted on 23.2 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked seventh overall, and it’s successfully killed off 82.9 percent of all opponent power plays.

Jets players have been called for penalties 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Connor Hellebuyck has stopped 28.0 shots per game as the top netminder in goal for the Jets. Hellebuyck has 38 wins, 23 losses, and nine OT losses and has recorded a 2.34 goals against average and a .924 save percentage this season.

The Jets offense will be led by Blake Wheeler (19 goals, 64 assists).

Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Jets, O/U – Under

Betting Notes

  • Winnipeg is 2-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Nashville is 5-6 in shootouts.
  • The under has hit in three of Winnipeg’s last five games.
  • Nashville has managed 28.0 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg is averaging 37.0 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Winnipeg has allowed just 1.8 goals per game (while scoring 3.8 per contest) over its four-game winning streak.
  • Over Nashville’s last ten games, seven of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-2 in those games).