Winnipeg Jets (19-10-5) +135 vs Nashville Predators (21-7-4) -149 12/19/17 @ 8:00PM EST
The Jets head to Nashville Tuesday night for a Central Division showdown. The Jets are coming off a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues, one of the top teams in the league. The Predators are currently on a 3-game winning streak. The Jets are 4-4-2 in their last 10, while the Predators are 7-1-2. The Predators record at home is 11-2-2 and the Jets are 7-7-4 on the road.
Both teams’ stats throughout the year so far:
Both teams score more and give up less, but Nashville’s special teams are incredible. Nashville is ranked 2nd in the league on the powerplay, and ranked 6th on the penalty kill at 83.70%. Winnipeg is ranked 3rd in the league on the powerplay, but their penalty kill isn’t great. They’re 20th in the league at 79.83%.
This is going to be a great game because of the top powerplay matchups, and I think the Predators have the advantage with their penalty kill over the Jets. The last time these teams played the Predators won 5-3 in Nashville. Here is the box score from that game.
|Team||Shots on Goal||Faceoff %||PP||Penalty Min.||Hits||Blocks||Giveaways|
|Winnipeg||35||46%||1 / 2||11||26||13||5|
|Nashville||29||54%||2 / 3||9||13||12||12|
When you look at these stats from the previous game it seems Nashville had control of the puck more with the amount of hits Winnipeg had. The Predators powerplay was very effective, and made a big difference in the game for them to get the win. The Predators did give the puck away a lot which lead to goals and scoring chances. If they stay well poised throughout the game, they will win. As the favored to win the Predators are 14-2-2. Take the Predators at home -149.