NHL Playoffs Game 7 Betting Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators – May 10, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, TN
Date & Time: Thursday May 10, 2018; 8:00pm EST
Point Spread: Nashville Predators -150
Quick Pick: Nashville Predators -150
In the best of 7 series between two Central Divisional foes moves to the final Game 7, and played in Nashvile. The Jets led the series 3-2, before the Predators went out on the road and beat the Jets in Winnipeg on Monday. Now, the winner of this game will move to the Western Conference Finals and take on Vegas.
The Predators won the President's Trophy with 117 points during the regular season. The Predators went 53-18-11 on the season. Winnipeg was second with 114 points. They finished with a 52-20-10 record on the season. The Jets also won 32 out of 41 games in regulation at home. The Nashville Predators are -150 over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
Predators Back at Home
The Nashville Predators have been there and done that in the postseason. The Predators won the Western Conference a season ago, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals. With the Penguins eliminated, many consider the Predators to be the favorites to win it all this season. Nashville scored 3.2 goals per game in the regular season, and allowed opponents to score 2.5.
In the postseason, the top scorer has been Filip Forsberg. Forsberg has 15 points on the season with 7 goals and 8 assists. Mattias Ekholm has been solid as well, with 7 assists. Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson are combining for 22 points as well. Pekka Rinne was solid for the first round series against Colorado, but his goals against average has ballooned to just shy of 3 during the postseason. The Predators have never won the Stanley Cup trophy in their franchise history.
Winnipeg Looking to Buck the Odds
The Winnipeg Jets had the series in their control, and now, they are looking to buck the odds. The Winnipeg Jets are one of the best scoring teams in all of the National Hockey League. The Jets scored more than 3.3 goals per game in the regular season, and allowed 2.6 per game. The Jets were the 5th best power play unit, and 9th best on the penalty kill. The Jets used 91 points in the regular season from Blake Wheeler, and 44 goals from Patrick Laine.
In the postseason, Mark Scheifele has been the leading scorer. The center has 9 goals and 5 assists. Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler have been the lead assist men 18 combined. The Jets are getting good production from Paul Statsny as well. Statsny was traded from St. Louis midseason. The Jets goaltender through the postseason has been Connor Hellebyuck. He is allowing just 2.36 goals per game.
Predators Top Jets
What a game this should be. The Jets and the Predators are starting to not like each other. Two teams that are physical and skilled. There is a ton on the line. The winner of this GAME goes to the Western Conference Finals, where they will meet the upstart Golden Knights. Both organizations know this would mean alot as they are both great contenders to win the Stanley Cup title.
Look for the Predators to strike first, and eventually keep the lead with smart hockey. Nashville was great in the biggest of games last season in the Western Conference Finals. Look for more of that. In the end, betting the Nashville Predators -150 and moving to the Western Conference Finals.