Winnipeg Jets (52-20-10) at Nashville Predators (53-18-11)
|Date & Time||Friday April 27, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -150 / Winnipeg Jets +136 --- Over/Under: 5.5
The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators meet Friday in game one of the NHL Western Conference Second Round Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Winnipeg Jets look to keep their momentum going after beating the Minnesota Wild in a five-game series. 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 four goals, Dustin Byfuglien has five assists and Paul Stastny has six 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 nine goals on 119 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed zero goals on seven shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed two or less goals in six of their last seven games.
The Nashville Predators look to get off to a quick 1-0 series lead after a six-game series against the Colorado Avalanche. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Austin Watson leads Nashville with four goals, Mattias Ekholm has five assists and Colton Sissons has 11 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 14 goals on 154 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed zero goals on 18 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 10 games.
The Jets are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 36-15 in their last 51 overall. The Predators are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 47-19 in their last 66 home games and 35-16 in their last 51 overall. The Jets are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Nashville, the home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Nashville Predators won three of the five meetings against the Winnipeg Jets this season and scored at least three goals in every meeting. The Predators had a great deal of offensive success against the Jets this season and the most recent meeting a few weeks ago was a shootout loss on the road. Both teams have been very solid defensively these playoffs, but the Nashville Predators are a different beast at home where they play with crazy energy and have lost just eight times since Christmas. I like the home team to draw first blood in this series.