Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets Free Preview

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The Nashville Predators look to fend off elimination at Bell MTS Place in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals. NBC Sports Network will showcase the game, and the action gets going at 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday, May 7.

Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets Odds

Winnipeg (+135) is currently the underdog to Winnipeg (-155), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.

Earning 21.1 units for moneyline bettors, Winnipeg is 59-33 straight up (SU) overall thus far. That win percentage, ranked second in the NHL so far in this young season, is a welcome improvement compared to what the team managed during last years regular season (40-42). Among the teams 92 games this season, 45 have gone over the total, while an additional 45 have gone under and just two have pushed. The teams 36-10 SU at home this season.

Following a regular season where they scored on 23.7 percent of all power-play chances (the fifth-strongest), the Jets have connected on 26.9 percent of their extra-man advantages in the postseason. Their penalty kill has gone from 81.1 percent in the regular season to 74.1 percent in the playoffs.

The Jets offense attempted 32.5 shots per game in the regular season, leading to 3.4 goals per outing (ranked second overall in the NHL). In the playoffs, the teams climbed to an average of 34.8 shots on goal ( 3.8 goals per game).

Boasting a .924 save percentage and 28.3 saves per game, Connor Hellebuyck (51-26-10) has been the best option in goal for the Jets this year. If head coach Paul Maurice decides to give him a breather, however, Winnipeg may turn to Steve Mason (5-9-9 record, .907 save percentage, 3.15 goals against average).

Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine will both spearhead the attack for the Jets. Wheeler (104 points) has tallied 26 goals and 78 assists and has recorded two or more points in 27 different games this year. Laine has 47 goals and 32 assists to his credit and has notched at least one point in 58 contests.

On the other side of the rink, Nashville is 59-34 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 11.3 units this season. Through 93 regular season contests, 47 of its games have gone over the total, while 45 have gone under and just one has pushed. The Predators are 28-18 SU as the road team this season.

The Predators have converted on 21.2 percent of their 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 82.0 percent of all penalties.

Nashville’s skaters have been penalized 4.5 times per game in total this season, and 5.4 per game over their last five road outings. The teams been forced to stave off opponent power plays just 7.8 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Pekka Rinne (.923 save percentage and 2.45 goals against average) has been the primary option in goal for Nashville. Rinne is averaging 28.5 saves per game and owns a 48-22-4 record.

Leading the offensive counter for the visiting Predators will be Filip Forsberg, who’s got 31 goals and 45 assists this year.

Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets Betting Picks

Free NHL Tip: SU Winner – Predators, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • The total has gone over in three of Winnipeg’s last five outings.
  • Nashville has managed 32.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg has been attempting 37.6 shots per game over its last five home outings.
  • Winnipeg has given up just 2.8 goals per game (while scoring 4.4 per contest) over its five-game winning streak.
  • Five of Nashville’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 1-4 in those games.
  • The Jets this season have registered the 11th-most hits per game (23.0), but that average has jumped up to 32.0 over their past five home outings.