Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two of the league’s best at scoring on the power play, the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators meet at Bridgestone Arena in a divisional tilt. The opening face-off takes place at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 13, and you can watch the game live on TVA Sports.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators Odds

Nashville is 44-24 straight up (SU) and has netted 13.2 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked third in the league so far this season, is a solid improvement compared to what the team managed during the 2016-17 season (41-41). Through 68 regular season matches, 34 of the team’s games have gone over the total, while 33 have gone under and just one has pushed. This season, the team is 24-11 SU at home.

The Predators have converted on 21.8 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, their penalty kill is ranked 11th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 82.2 percent of all penalties.

The Predators, as a collective unit, have been penalized 4.5 times per game overall this season, 4.2 per game over their past five games total, and 4.2 per game over their last five home outings. The team’s had to defend opposition power plays for 9.0 minutes per game over their last five home outings.

Averaging 29.2 saves per game with a .928 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (37-13-4) has been the best goalkeeper for Nashville this season. If Nashville decides to rest him, however, the team might roll with Juuse Saros (7-12-12 record, .924 save percentage, 2.39 goals against average).

Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban will both look to continue their strong seasons for the Predators. Arvidsson (51 points) has tallied 25 goals and 26 assists and has recorded multiple points in 15 different games this year. Subban has 15 goals and 35 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 37 games.

Winnipeg is 41-28 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 9.7 units this year. A total of 34 of its matches have gone over the total, while 32 have gone under and just two have pushed. The Jets are 17-19 SU as an away team this season.

The Jets come into the matchup with the third-best power-play unit in the NHL, as they’ve found the net on 24.2 percent of their extra-man chances in 2017-18. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked eighth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all opponent power plays.

Winnipeg’s skaters have been penalized 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 3.0 per game over their last five road outings. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.1 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Connor Hellebuyck (28.3 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Winnipeg. Hellebuyck owns a 35-22-9 record, and has registered a .923 save percentage and 2.39 goals against average this year.

Blake Wheeler (18 goals, 58 assists) has been one of the top facilitators on offense for the visiting Jets.

Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators Free Picks

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

Betting Trends

  • Nashville is 5-6 in games decided by a shootout this season while Winnipeg is 2-2 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in three of Nashville’s last five games.
  • Winnipeg has managed 27.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Nashville is averaging 36.6 shots per game over its last five at home.
  • Over Nashville’s last ten outings, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 5-0 in those games).