The Winnipeg Jets will host the Nashville Predators in a meeting of legitimate Western Conference Stanley Cup championship hopefuls on Monday night. With both teams looking to rebound from losses in their respective last contests, let’s find out where the best betting value lies in this intriguing showdown.
Predators vs Jets NHL Odds, Preview & Prediction
- When: Friday March 1, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
- Where: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MA, CA
- TV: TSN3, FS-Tennessee
- Radio: Nashville / Winnipeg
- Live Stream: NHL.tv
- NHL Odds: Winnipeg -120/Nashville +100 / Total: 6
Why Bet on Nashville?
The best reason to back Nashville in this contest is that they’re elite at the defensive end of the ice in limiting the opposition to just 2.6 goals per game to rank third in goals allowed. Unfortunately, the Predators also rank a modest 17th in scoring (2.9 gpg), but they’re going to be hungry in this one after dropping two of their last three games including a 2-0 shutout loss against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
“When your goalie (Juuse Saros, 43 saves) is playing like that and he’s keeping you in the game, he’s giving you a chance and you don’t get something for him, it’s a little bit disappointing,” recently acquired veteran forward Wayne Simmonds said.
- Goals: 2.97
- Shots: 32.88
- PP/PK Percentage: 12.67
- Goals: 2.62
- Shots: 29.86
- PP/PK Percentage: 19.51
Why Bet On Winnipeg?
The best reason to back the Jets in this one is that they’re playing at home where they’ve gone a stupendous 21-8-3-1 this season, not to mention the fact that Winnipeg has its own share of desperation after dropping two straight and five of six overall, including a 3-2 home loss against Minnesota on Tuesday. Still, the Jets will be up for this affair against their Central Division rivals.
“We haven’t had a juiceless game against Nashville in a long time. They’ve been full of emotion, intensity, and penalties,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said on Thursday. “They get new guys in, we get new guys in, they’re not bragging about their last 10 games, neither are we. But the edge will be right (on Friday).”
- Goals: 3.37
- Shots: 31.70
- PP/PK Percentage: 25.25
- Goals: 2.98
- Shots: 33.49
- PP/PK Percentage: 20.92
Predators vs Jets NHL Betting Trends
- Nashville is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 games
- Nashville is 8-16 SU in the last 24 games on the road
- The total went UNDER in 4 of Nashville’s last 5 games
- Winnipeg is 1-6 ATS in the last 7 games
- Winnipeg is 1-5 SU in the last 6 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Winnipeg might be struggling right now more than Nashville, but I like the Jets to snap out of their funk because of the fact that they’re playing an elite title contender – and a division rival – in a meaningful matchup that will serve as a message-sending affair should these two meet in the postseason.
Nashville is 1-4 in their last 5 division games and 0-4 in their last 4 games after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game. Conversely, Winnipeg has gone 64-25 in their last 89 home games.
Jets are 52-22 in their last 74 games as a home favorite.
While the road team and underdog in this matchup have gone an identical 5-1 in the last six meetings, I like Winnipeg to bring both of those trends to an abrupt halt in this affair.
NHL Betting Pick: Winnipeg 4 Nashville 3