Jets are NHL Betting Favorites vs. Predators in Game 4

Posted by Jordan Walters on Thursday,May 3, 2018 8:59, EDT in

It’s a crucial Game 4 in the Western Conference semifinals on Thursday night as Winnipeg, the best home team in the NHL during the regular season, hosts Nashville. Then the series heads back to Tennessee for Game 5. The Jets lead the series 2-1 and are NHL betting favorites for this one.

How to Bet Predators at Jets NHL Betting Odds & Game 4 Info

When: Thursday, 9:30 PM ET
Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg
TV: NBC Sports Network
Stream: NHL.tv
Radio: 102.5 FM (Nashville) / 1290 AM (Winnipeg)
Opening NHL Betting Lines: Jets -138, Predators =125 (6)

Why Bet on Nashville?

If the Predators lose this series, they will look back at Game 3, a 7-4 loss. When a team leads by three goals in a playoff game, it wins more than 97 percent of the time. Nashville didn’t.

Pekka Rinne allowed five goals on 43 shots in the loss. The Predators got off to a dream start, as they built a 3-0 lead in the first period. Things got away from them in the second frame and they quickly found themselves down 4-3 heading into the final 20 minutes of the game. Nashville managed to tie the game at 4-4 thanks to a power-play goal but they eventually allowed Blake Wheeler to score the game-winner on the man-advantage with less than five minutes remaining. Rinne has a 5-4 record with a 3.07 goals-against-average and a .901 save percentage this postseason.

“We just stopped playing,” Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis said. “It’s clear as day, I think you could see that.”

Who Else Had a Good Game 3?

P.K. Subban scored a goal and an assist in the loss. The blueliner gave his team a 2-0 lead with a power-play marker at the midway point of the first period. He also added an assist on Filip Forsberg’s game-tying goal (4-4) in the third frame. Subban finished the game with a minus-2 rating, two penalty minutes, one shot on goal, one hit and three blocked shots in 25:45 of ice time. The 28-year-old has two goals and five assists in nine playoff games.

Forsberg scored a goal and an assist. Forsberg registered the primary assist on P.K. Subban’s power-play goal in the first period. Forsberg tied the game 4-4 thanks to a power-play goal in the third frame. Forsberg finished the game with a minus-1 rating and nine shots on goal in 15:22 of ice time. The 23-year-old has five goals and 11 points in nine games this postseason.

Mike Fisher scored his first goal of the playoffs in Game 3 against Winnipeg. Fisher opened the scoring at the 4:53 mark of the first period. It was also his first point in nine postseason outings this year. Austin Watson scored his fifth goal of the postseason, giving the Predators a 3-0 lead late in the first period.

Why Bet on Winnipeg?

Are the Jets a safe bet vs. the Predators in Game 4?

Before Tuesday, the Jets last trailed by multiple goals at home March 25, when the Predators previously visited. Winnipeg won that game and did the same Tuesday, kickstarting its rally by scoring three times in fewer than three minutes to start the second period. The Jets scored 3 goals in 2:51 to tie their game with the Predators.  It was the fastest 3 goals in Jets playoff history. Winnipeg had four power plays in the third period. Nashville had one.

Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored two goals and an assist in the win. Byfuglien finished the game with a plus-3 rating, four shots on goal and three hits in 27:12 of ice time. The 33-year-old has three goals and 10 points in eight games this postseason.

Blake Wheeler scored two goals and an assist as well. Wheeler’s second tally of the game made it 5-4 for his team. Wheeler finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and eight shots on goal in 22:46 of ice time. The 31-year-old now has three goals and seven assists in eight games this postseason.

Though Wheeler had three points and the winner, he said Byfuglien was a difference-maker.

“I think [Byfuglien] gets a little bit of a long leash,” Wheeler said. “He’s so dynamic that he keeps plays alive and can make some really special things happen with the puck. He’s the great equalizer. There’s nobody like him. Having him on our team gives us an advantage no matter who we play. That’s the type of player he is, and from Game 1 of the playoffs he has just dominated.

Who Else Had a Good Game 3?

Mark Scheifele had two assists. Scheifele set up both goals by Wheeler in the third period, including the game winner. He also may have spurred Winnipeg’s comeback when he took exception to a hit on Wheeler and went after Predators forward Austin Watson. Scheifele has collected eight goals and 12 points in eight playoff matches.

Connor Hellebuyck allowed four goals on 30 shots. Hellebuyck owns a 6-2 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage this postseason.

Mathieu Perreault (upper body) has been medically cleared to return to the Jets’ lineup. He last played on April 11th.

Latest NHL Betting Trends

 

  • Nashville is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Nashville is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville’s last 6 games
  • Winnipeg is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Winnipeg is 17-3 SU in its last 20 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Winnipeg’s last 10 games

 

Expert NHL Betting Prediction

That type of loss may linger for a while for Nashville. Winnipeg takes a 3-1 series lead.