Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators
|Date & Time||Thursday January 17, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets +117 / Nashville Predators -137 -- Over/Under: 5.5
The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators meet Thursday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Winnipeg Jets look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 27.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrik Laine leads Winnipeg with 25 goals, Blake Wheeler has 51 assists and Mark Scheifele has 115 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 98 goals on 1,068 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed 24 goals on 421 shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or less goals in seven of their last nine games.
The Nashville Predators look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 14.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 18 goals, Ryan Johansen has 34 assists and Roman Josi has 172 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pekka Rinne has given up 77 goals on 907 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed 42 goals on 469 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed three or less goals in six of their last nine games.
The Jets are 8-3 in their last 11 road games, 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Predators are 1-6 in their last 7 Thursday games, 45-22 in their last 67 games playing on 1 days rest and 64-29 in their last 93 home games. The road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Predators last 4 overall. The under is 7-3-1 in Jets last 11 overall.
We have two of the better defensive teams in the league in the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators, and the under has been a strong trend for both sides these last couple of weeks. The last meeting between the Jets and Predators produced only three goals and the last three meetings combined are averaging just 4.3 goals. This is another game that should have a playoff type feel with both teams playing well and those are contests that usually favor physical play and a lack of scoring. I'll lean toward the under in this game.