Nashville Predators (41-28-12) at Winnipeg Jets (39-35-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 8, 2017, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -105 / Nashville Predators -115 --- Over/Under: 6
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The Winnipeg Jets look to finish their regular season on a winning note as they welcome the Nashville Predators to the MTS Centre on Saturday night.
The Predators head into Winnipeg on Saturday for one final tune up game before the Western Conference playoffs begin and they will be out to improve on their disappointing road record with a victory here against the Jets. Nashville has clinched a playoff spot but where exactly they will be playing next week remains to be seen as they could very well leapfrog the Flames for the top wild card spot or even chase down the St. Louis Blues for the third seed in the Central division, all of which would yield a different first round opponent. Nashville has had a better season in the offensive zone than many people anticipated but if they’re going to get out of the first round they will have to find a way to win hockey games away from home and getting two points in a tough building would be a great place to start.
Winnipeg meanwhile was right in the mix for most of the season but an inconsistent stretch after the all-star break has sealed their fate and they will now look towards the draft and free agency to get them back on track as they hope to return to the playoffs next season. The Jets have some very good pieces at both ends of the rink as Mark Schiefele and Patrik Laine will be among their core of attackers moving forward while Dustin Byfuglien continues to anchor the blue line, but if they’re going to get into the discussion as a yearly contender they need to rectify their goaltending woes.
The Preds are 7-1 in their last eight against the West and 7-3 in their last 10 against the Central while the Jets are 6-0 in their last six overall and 4-1 in their last five against the Central. Nashville is getting shade here as a dog but the Jets are playing their best hockey of the season and with this being their regular season finale I think they give their great fans something to cheer about until next year.