Nashville Predators (58-22-11) at Winnipeg Jets (58-21-11)
|Date & Time||Thursday May 3, 2018, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -148 / Nashville Predators +112 --- Over/Under: 6
The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets meet Thursday in game four of the NHL Western Conference Second Round Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place.
The Nashville Predators need a victory here to tie up the series before heading home for game five on Saturday. 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 13 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 26 goals on 263 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 eight games.
The Winnipeg Jets look to remain unbeaten at home during the playoffs while taking a commanding 3-0 series lead. 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 23 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 19 goals on 238 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed zero goals on seven shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed one or less goals in four of their last seven games.
The Predators are 13-5 in their last 18 road games, 24-10 in their last 34 games playing on 1 days rest and 35-16 in their last 51 overall. The Jets are 42-9 in their last 51 home games, 43-19 in their last 62 games playing on 1 days rest and 38-15 in their last 53 overall. The Predators are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Winnipeg, the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Winnipeg Jets haven't lost at home during the playoffs and haven't lost a home game overall since February 27. In this series, the Jets have gotten whatever they want offensively, which includes scoring four or more goals in all three matches and producing 45 shots in their game three victory in which they came back from being down three. The Nashville Predators aren't the same team on the road as they are at home and the defensive issues have to be concerning, as they're allowing 3.4 goals per game in their last seven games. That's not going to get it done in the playoffs, especially in pretty much a must win game on the road. I have to back the Winnipeg Jets on their home ice.