Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets
|Date & Time||Friday March 1, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg Jets -120 / Nashville Predators +100 -- O/U: 6
The Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets meet in NHL action from the Bell MTS Place on Friday night.
The Nashville Predators will look to rebound after being shut out in a 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues in their last outing. The game was scoreless through the opening period and still tied at 0-0 after 40 minutes of play. The first half of the 3rd was uneventful as well before Tyler Bozak got the Blues on the board and Alex Pietrangelo scored an empty-net goal with :04 to go to send Nashville home empty-handed. The Predators were outshot 44-19 with Roman Josi leading the team with 3 shots on goal. Juuse Saros took the loss, falling to 14-8-2 after allowing just one goal on 43 shots in the losing effort.
The Winnipeg Jets will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 3-2 loss to Minnesota in their last outing. Mark Scheifele opened the scoring for the Jets with the lone goal of the 1st period before Minnesota tied the game just past the midway point of the 2nd period. Winnipeg responded thanks to a goal from Patrik Laine just :14 later, and would almost hold on for the win before Minnesota tied the game and scored the game winner in a span of :26 in the final two minutes of the 3rd period, sending the Jets to another defeat. Connor Hellebuyck took the loss, falling to 27-18-2 after allowing all 3 goals on 40 shots faced in the losing effort.
Nashville is 1-4 in their last 5 division games and 0-4 in their last 4 games after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. Winnipeg is 64-25 in their last 89 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 3-1-2 in their last 6 division games. The road team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
The Jets and a low line at home is tempting, considering that the Jets have been one of the league’s best at home for quite some time now. However, while the Predators were shut out in their last game, I’d argue that Nashville has at least been playing better hockey than Winnipeg as of late. Home ice also hasn’t mattered all that much lately between these two teams as the road team has won 5 of the last 6 head-to-head meetings, so I’ll take a shot with Nashville to pick up a big road win here.