The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets would both miss the Stanley Cup playoffs as thing stand but both aren’t that far out of a wild-card spot, either. The Central Division rivals face off in Winnipeg on Tuesday with the Preds favored on the NHL betting odds.
How to Bet Predators at Jets NHL Hockey Odds & TV Info
- When: Tuesday, 8 PM ET
- Where: Bell MTS Place
- TV: NHL Center Ice
- Opening NHL Betting Lines: Predators -125, Jets +105 (total 6.5)
Season SeriesThey have split two games. The teams most recently played Jan. 12 in Winnipeg and the Predators won 1-0. Backup Preds goalie Juuse Saros made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season. Saros stopped Andrew Copp on a short-handed breakaway early in the first period. Kyle Turris had the game’s only goal. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots for the Jets.
Why Bet on Nashville?
The Predators lost 3-0 at home vs. Vegas on Saturday to see a two-game winning streak end. Chandler Stephenson, Nicolas Roy and Reilly Smith scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 19 saves. Fleury finished his third shutout of the season and 59th in his career, breaking a tie with Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and tying Evgeni Nabokov for 18th all-time. The Golden Knights fired 29 shots on goal in the first two periods to the Predators’ eight. In the first period, the Predators had three power plays and two shots on goal.
Rinne allowed two goals on 38 shots in the loss. Rinne fell to 17-12-3 with a 3.01 goals-against average and .898 save percentage across his 32 appearances this season.
The loss had the Predators looking for answers.
“It’s not good enough from our side,” Preds captain Roman Josi said. “They outplayed us for two periods, and they were the better team. They were faster than us and won more battles. It was still 1-0 [to start the third period], and we had a chance to win it, but we couldn’t get it done.”
“Disappointing,” Rinne said. “We talked before the game [and said] it’s our playoff time now. It’s disappointing. We’ve had a tough record at home, and [this is] another home loss… They had a back-to-back, and it looked like they were the [fresher] team. Just disappointed.”
Winger Calle Jarnkrok (illness) won’t play on Tuesday night versus Winnipeg. Jarnkrok didn’t take part in Monday’s practice, but he will travel with the team. It will be his third straight game missed. He has 12 goals and 27 points in 49 games this season. Defenseman Ryan Ellis hasn’t played since Jan. 1 when he suffered an upper-body injury. He’s with the team but not expected to play Tuesday.
- Goals: 3.31
- PPC: 3.39
- PPG: 0.57
- Goals: 3.35
- PPC: 3.20
- PPG: 0.82
Why Bet on Winnipeg?
The Jets snapped a five-game skid with a 5-2 home win over St. Louis on Saturday. After the Blues pulled to within 3-2 with 4:10 left, Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler put the game away with an empty-net goal with 1:31 left. Patrik Laine added another empty-netter with 21 seconds remaining.
Jack Roslovic posted a pair of goals with an assist. Roslovic now has a career-high 11 goals and he needs two more points to equal his high of 24 points set just last season. Sami Niku posted a pair of assists. Niku also added a plus-1 rating, two shots on goal, a blocked shot, a minor penalty and a hit in his 16:54 of ice time across 22 shifts. It was his second-career multi-point night, and first since Jan. 17 of last season in Nashville. Connor Hellebuyck allowed just two goals on 40 shots. Hellebuyck was staked to a 3-0 lead heading into the third period.
Mathieu Perreault (upper body) will be out of action for at least two weeks, per coach Paul Maurice. Perreault was injured in Friday’s game against Boston and he didn’t play on Saturday versus St. Louis. He has six goals and 14 points in 46 games this season.
Winnipeg is 12-12-2 at home this season and are in a stretch of nine of 10 games at Bell MTS Place. The Jets are 2-7-1 in their past 10 home games after a five-game home winning streak between Nov. 23-Dec. 15.
The Jets have scored in the first period in a season-high four consecutive games. The most goals the Jets have scored in the first period of a game this season is two, which has happened nine times. The first period has been Winnipeg’s least productive this season with 38 goals, compared to 62 goals in second periods and 51 goals in third periods. Nikolaj Ehlers leads the Jets with six first period goals this season. Three of Winnipeg’s four shorthanded goals this season have been scored in the first period.
- Goals: 2.98
- PPC: 2.98
- PPG: 0.57
- Goals: 3.09
- PPC: 2.55
- PPG: 0.66
Predators vs Jets 2020 NHL Betting Trends
- Predators are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
- Underdog is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
- Road team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Winnipeg.
- Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.