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Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators
NHL: Thursday October 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM EST
After getting beaten badly 5-1 the Jets rebounded by playing solid defense in their last game, which was a 2-1 win over the L.A. Kings. The Jets have two wins and one loss early this season and their last game facing the Kings was at home while this game will be their 3rd on the road. Winnipeg has lost five of their last six games following a win.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 10, 2018
After winning their first two games the Predators flamed out in their last game losing 3-0 to the Calgary Flames. Nashville had scored seven goals in their first two games before being shut out in their last game. Speaking of their last game it had to sting not just because of the shutout, but also because it was their first home game of the season. While less than impressive in their last game the Predators have won their last five games after losing by three or more goals in their previous game.
The road team has won the last four games between these teams.
Not the best start, but great finish
The Jets won their last game 2-1 over the L.A. Kings where they gave up the first goal early, but then tacked on two and pitched a shutout the rest of the game. Winnipeg scored a goal in the first and second period with Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele each finding the back of the net. The Jets peppered L.A. with 22 more shots on goal (39-17) and they also won 16 more face-offs. Connor Hellebuyck (2-1 2.34 GAA) has been in between the pipes for all three games for the Jets this season and if he does not go in this game Laurent Brossoit, who has not seen any ice time this season, will get the starting nod.
Connor has gotten off to a solid start this season leading the Jets with four points and three goals. The Jets have had a day of rest, but is that a good thing considering they have lost their last five games playing on one day of rest?
Lots of shots nothing to show for it
The Predators were shut out in their last game losing to the Calgary Flames 3-0 even though they had 43 shots. They gave up one goal in each period and had 16 more shots than Calgary (43-27) and had more take-aways. P.K. Subban not only leads Nashville in points and assists this season, but he also leads the team in penalty minutes. Viktor Arvidsson leads the team with two goals and while he was taken off the ice in the loss to the Flames he returned and will go in this game. Nashville simply looked out of sync in the game facing Calgary even though they did have a lot of shots. They even had a 5 on 3 in the game and still could not light the lamp. Pekka Rinne (1-1 2.50 GAA) made 24 saves in the loss to Calgary and in two starts this season he has given up five goals. He will likely get the start in between the pipes in this home game.
The Nashville Predators are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games
- 5-0 in their last 5 games following a loss of 3 or more goals
The Winnipeg Jets are:
- 2-5 in their last 7 overall
- 1-5 in their last 6 games following a win
- 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
While the road team has won the last four games between these two teams do not look for that trend to continue. The Predators were not sharp at all in getting shut out at home in their last game, but this time around on home ice they will play much better. Their attack and defense will get it done and their D will shut down the Jets. Nashville will get a win in this game and notch their first home win of the season.
Prediction: PICK: Predators
Full-Game Total Pick
The Press gave up three goals in their last game, but will shore up their D in this game, which is why the smart money is on the Under.
Prediction: PICK: Under