The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with 38 goals, Josh Morrissey has 52 assists and Kyle Connor has 240 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 134 goals on 1,644 shots faced, and David Rittich has allowed 47 goals on 482 shots.
The Nashville Predators are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 19 goals, Roman Josi has 41 assists and Matt Duchene has 159 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 138 goals on 1,670 shots faced, and Kevin Lankinen has allowed 36 goals on 478 shots.
The Jets are 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games and 3-9 in their last 12 overall. The Predators are 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games and 8-20 in their last 28 vs. Central. The under is 49-21-5 in Jets last 75 overall. The under is 4-1 in Predators last 5 overall. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
An important game for both teams fighting for their playoff lives and while the Winnipeg Jets are the better team in a better position, they've been cold over the last couple of weeks, and I'm not excited to lay juice with them on the road. The Nashville Predators are at home where they're usually at their best, and they're far more desperate in terms of playoff odds. I'll take a stab with the home dog.