Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators - 5/10/18 Game 7 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Winnipeg Jets (59-23-11) at Nashville Predators (60-23-11)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Bridgestone Arena)
The Line: Nashville Predators -175 / Winnipeg Jets +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators meet Thursday in game seven of the NHL Western Conference Second Round Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Winnipeg Jets have a chance to advance to the conference finals for the first time in franchise history. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with nine goals, Blake Wheeler has 10 assists and Dustin Byfuglien has 35 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 26 goals on 335 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed zero goals on seven shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 11 games.
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The Nashville Predators hope to protect home ice and make it back-to-back conference finals appearances. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with seven goals, Mattias Ekholm has seven assists and Ryan Johansen has 22 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 33 goals on 356 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed zero goals on 26 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed four or more goals in six of their last 11 games.
The Jets are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 6-2 in their last 8 road games and 39-17 in their last 56 overall. The Predators are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 48-21 in their last 69 home games and 37-17 in their last 54 overall. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Nashville.
Nothing about this series has made sense, as there's been no consistency from either side, both defenses have struggled at times and neither team has been able to win back to back games. That may be bad news for the Nashville Predators, who haven't been able to keep the puck out of their own net. The road team has also won six of the last 11 games sevens, so blindly backing the home team in these type of games isn't going to work like it does in the NBA. With that said, the Nashville Predators have been the better team all season long, are usually really good at home and are coming off the best defensive performance of the series for either side. While giving up 34 shots isn't exactly a forumla you want to keep rolling with, you have to like that Rinne finally showed up and pitched a shutout. The Predators should win this game.