2018 Playoffs Prediction: Predators at Jets NHL Lines & Game 3 Pick

Posted by Jordan Walters on Tuesday,May 1, 2018 9:44, EDT in

It’s going to be a madhouse in Winnipeg on Tuesday night as the city host its first conference semifinal game since the Jets returned to Winnipeg from Atlanta. Their Western Conference matchup against Nashville, the NHL’s best team in the regular season, is tied 1-1. The Jets were the NHL’s best home team during the season and are slight NHL lines favorites.

How to Bet Predators at Jets NHL Lines & Game 3 Info

When: Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
Stream: NHL.tv
Radio: 102.5 FM (Nashville) / 1290 AM (Winnipeg)
Opening NHL Lines: Jets -127, Predators +115 (5.5)

Why Bet on Nashville?

The Predators were the NHL’s best road team during the regular season. They were 2-1 in Colorado in the first round. Nashville was stunned in Game 1 of this series 4-1 at home but took Game 2 on Sunday, 5-4 in double overtime.

Kevin Fiala scored the game-winning goal in double overtime in Game 2. The 21-year-old winger has tallied goals in each of the first two games of this series. Viktor Arvidsson scored a goal while chipping in with two assists and a plus-2 rating in Sunday’s win. Arvidsson was credited with seven shots on goal. He has produced three goals and six points through eight postseason outings. Filip Forsberg picked up three assists with a plus-2 rating, four shots on goal and two hits in Game 2. Forsberg was able to record his third multi-point game in just eight postseason outings, and he has four goals with nine points. It’s no surprise to the Jets, as Forsberg had three helpers in four regular-season contests against Winnipeg.

Ryan Johansen picked up a pair of even-strength goals in Sunday’s Game 2. Johansen was also dominant in the faceoff circles with 21 wins on 29 puck drops. He has registered four goals and seven points through eight postseason games. The multi-goal game was his first since Nov. 25, 2016, which also happened to be at home against the Jets.  P.K. Subban posted a power-play goal and added an assist. He has accounted for four assists with a plus-2 rating, 11 blocked shots and 18 hits through eight playoff games.

How Did the Goalkeeper Do in Game 2?

Pekka Rinne allowed four goals on 50 shots in the win. Rinne and the Predators absolutely had to have this one after suffering a loss in Game 1. The Predators were winning until 64 seconds left in regulation when the Jets scored with an extra attacker to force overtime. Rinne turned aside all 14 shots he faced in the extra sessions.

Game 2 featured 91 shots on goal, with a staggering 188 shot attempts when you include those blocked or not finding their target. There were 49 hits, 23 by the Jets, and 20 penalty minutes called, 10 assessed to each team, all taken during the first two periods.

The Predators went 1-0-1 on the road against the Jets in the regular season and are 16-3-4 in their past 23 road games, including the first round against the Avalanche. Rinne is 4-1-1 with a 2.52 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in six career games at Bell MTS Place.

Why Bet on Winnipeg?

Is Winnpeg a safe bet vs. Nashville in Game 3?

Through the first two games, one could easily make the argument that the team that played better in both contests came away on the losing end.

Winnipeg had the best home record in the League at 32-7-2, and won its three games at home in the first round against the Minnesota Wild. The Jets have won 12 consecutive home games, but their last loss at Bell MTS Place was 6-5 against the Predators on Feb. 27.

In Sunday’s loss, Mark Scheifele picked up a pair of goals, an assist, two blocked shots and a hit. Scheifele scored the game-tying goal with 64 seconds remaining in regulation to force the game to overtime. It ended up being the longest playoff game in Thrashers/Jets franchise history.

“It’s an important process for us to go through having lost an overtime game,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “It’s something we had to deal with at some point.”

Dustin Byfuglien posted a goal and an assist. Byfuglien and Paul Stastny are the only two players on the Winnipeg roster with playoff overtime winners in their career, but neither was able to light the lamp in the extra session. Byfuglien is having an impressive playoffs so far, posting a goal, six assists, 32 hits and 14 blocked shots through seven postseason outings.

Who Else Had a Good Game 2?

Patrik Laine had one assist and seven shots on goal in Sunday’s loss. Laine logged 27:58 of ice time in the match. His assist came on a power-play goal by Scheifele. Laine has posted a helper in each of the first two games against the Predators in Round 2, but he hasn’t scored a goal since Game 2 versus Minnesota.

Connor Hellebuyck allowed five goals on 41 shots in Game 2. Hellebuyck allowed a power-play goal to P.K. Subban which wasn’t really his fault, and Kevin Fiala’s pretty game-winning tally came on a 2-on-1 break where Hellebuyck got a glove on it and nearly turned aside the shot with a miraculous save.

“We had our chances, they had their chances. That’s the way it happens in overtime. It’s definitely a sucky way to be on the bad side of it. But it’s over,” said Scheifele, who leads the playoffs with eight goals and has nine points in seven games. “You’re going to win games, you’re going to lose games, you’re going to get down in games and you’re going to be up in games. There’s a lot of adversity that goes through a series and that’s the reason they’re best four out of seven. We leave this one behind us and focus on Tuesday.”

Latest NHL Lines Trends

  • Nashville is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Nashville is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville’s last 5 games
  • Winnipeg is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Winnipeg is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Winnipeg’s last 9 games

Expert NHL Betting Prediction

Hard to bet against the Jets at home even as good as Nashville has been on the road. I expect a 3-2 Winnipeg win.