How to Bet Jets at Predators NHL Odds & Game 7 Info
Nothing in professional sports beats a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That’s what we have Thursday night from Nashville as the Predators and Jets square off. The winner takes on Pacific Division champion Vegas in the West Finals. Mybookie.ag oddsmakers favor the Preds at home in the NHL odds.
2018 Playoffs Preview: Jets at Predators NHL Odds & Game 7 Info
When: Thursday, 8 PM ET
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
TV: NBC Sports Network
Radio: 1290 AM (Winnipeg) / 102.5 FM (Nashville)
Opening NHL Odds: Predators -153, Jets +143 (5.5)
Why Bet on Winnipeg?
The Jets already have won twice in Nashville this series, 4-1 in Game 1 and 6-2 in Game 5. However, Winnipeg folded like a cheap suit at home in a potential clinching Game 6, getting routed 4-0 on Monday.
Connor Hellebuyck allowed three goals on 28 shots in the loss. He couldn’t really do anything about any of the three goals he allowed. This was the third time the 24-year-old allowed three goals or more in this series. He owns a 7-4 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage during the postseason. Nashville got the perfect start as they scored a goal just over a minute into the game. Winnipeg tried to get back on track with three straight power plays in the first period but obviously didn’t score.
Game 6 was similar to Game 4. Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne was once again strong with a 34-save shutout, but the Predators also received an outstanding effort from their penalty-killing unit, which went four-for-four, and their top line.
The Jets are now 1-1 in elimination games in these Stanley Cup playoffs, defeating the Minnesota Wild 5-0 in Game 5 of the opening-round series and losing on Monday.
What Do the Jets Have to Say About Game 6?
“Everyone expected it. Everyone from the outside, when you (have) two of the top teams in the league playing each other, I’m sure that’s what people wanted – a Game 7 and that’s what they’re going to get,” Jets winger Paul Statsny said.
Nashville looked every bit the team facing elimination, players throwing themselves in front of shots, taking hits to make plays and throwing plenty of their own. The Jets looked tentative in Game 6. They didn’t move the puck well, especially when they enjoyed zone time in the Predators’ end.
History tells us the team that scores first in Game 7 wins 75% of the time. It seems likely this case, with the Predators looking to get a lead and defend it and the Jets looking to get out front to open things up so they can use their speed and skill. The Jets scored first in Game 1 and Game 6 and that led to their first two wins at Bridgestone Arena.
Why Bet on Nashville?
For the fourth time in six games this series, it was the Predators that opened the scoring in Game 6, though it required a video review to get the goal on the board. Viktor Arivdsson provided the marker on an impressive redirection in front of Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck. Predators captain Roman Josi unleashed the shot from the left point and Arvidsson tipped it home as he was falling to the ice.
Arvidsson also added an empty-netter late in the third. He also registered the primary assist on Filip Forsberg’s second tally of the night. The 25-year-old has five goals and nine points in 12 games this postseason.
Forsberg scored two goals and one assist in the win. Forsberg’s second-period tally gave the Preds a 2-0 lead, while his goal in the third frame made it 3-0 for his team. He finished the game with a plus-4 rating and five shots on goal in 16:17 of ice time. The 23-year old is up to seven goals and 15 points in 12 games this postseason. Nine of those points have come in this second-round series.
Roman Josi contributed two assists. Josi didn’t have a point in his previous eight playoff games. Ryan Johansen also had a pair of assists. Nashville’s top line combined for four goals and four assists.
What Do the Predators Say About Their Loss?
“I think we can gain a lot of confidence from this game,” Johansen said. “It wasn’t like we snuck away with one or weaseled a game out or whatever you want to call it. We controlled the game tonight. With our backs against the wall, we went out and we controlled the game.”
Pekka Rinne turned aside all 34 shots he faced. This is the first time a Predators goalie posted a shutout in an elimination game and it’s also just the second time in this series that the veteran allowed fewer than three goals in a game. Rinne has a 7-5 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage this postseason.
Calle Jarnkrok could shift to center in Game 7 if Mike Fisher is unavailable to play. Fisher left Monday’s match due to an undisclosed injury. Coach Peter Laviolette did not have an update on Fisher Tuesday.
Latest NHL Odds Trends
- Jets are 3-7 in their last 10 Thursday games.
- Jets are 1-5 in their last 6 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
- Predators are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games.
- Predators are 22-8 in their last 30 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Nashville.
Expert NHL Playoffs Betting Prediction
Hard to see the Predators losing a Game 7 at home; they return to the West Finals.