Winnipeg Jets (58-22-11) at Nashville Predators (59-22-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 5, 2018, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Nashville Predators -195 / Winnipeg Jets +145 --- Over/Under:
The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in game five of the NHL Western Conference Second Round Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena.
The Winnipeg Jets look to take back control of this series with a road victory and a chance to close things out on Monday. 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 eight goals, Dustin Byfuglien has seven assists and Blake Wheeler has 26 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 21 goals on 267 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed zero goals on seven shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed two or less gals in six of their last nine games.
The Nashville Predators look to take a 3-2 series lead and win back-to-back games for the first time since April 12-14. 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 five goals, Mattias Ekholm has seven assists and Ryan Johansen has 16 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 27 goals on 296 shots faced and Juuse Saros has allowed zero goals on 20 shots. The Nashville Predators have allowed four or more goals in five of their last nine games.
The Jets are 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games, 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 38-16 in their last 54 overall. The Predators are 12-5 in their last 17 Saturday games, 48-20 in their last 68 home games and 36-16 in their last 52 overall. The Jets are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville, the home team is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Nashville.
The Nashville Predators have been awful defensively in this series and haven't had the same playoff success at home as you'd expect from this team. The Winnipeg Jets also haven't lost back-to-back games since March 12-13, and they managed to score eight goals in the first two games of this series at the Bridgestone Arena. With that said, Rinne did look sharp in the game four victory, coming away with 32 saves, and it was the type of performance that could give him confidence for the rest of the series. Usually Nashville is one of the tougher home teams in the league, and it's only a matter of time before it starts to feel like that again. These hockey prices are getting a bit insane, but I have to side with the Preds here on their home ice.