The NHL playoff action is back on as-as the Winnipeg Jets will clash with the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee in game seven of their best-of-seven series. The winner of this game will head into the Western Conference finals to face the Vegas Golden Knights. The series now sits at 3-3 after the Predators bounced back and won game six by a score of 4-0.
The Winnipeg Jets missed a historical chance to eliminate the Preds at their home ground in Winnipeg on Monday evening. It was rather strange game as the Jets offence failed to score. The Jets have been very strong and efficient at home this season and that is why that home loss was somewhat of a surprise. So far this season they have an average score of 3.90 goals per game and that was the first time that the Jets have been shutout at home all season long. Winnipeg away form this season stands at 23-23 and they have averaged 2.93 goals per game and have allowed 2.80 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game during the playoffs, the Jets are the 4th best team in scoring at 3.45 goals per game, converting on 22.6% of their chances. On the defensive side of the game, the Winnipeg Jets have been very solid during the postseason, as they are placed on the 3rd spot in goals conceded, letting an average of 2.45 goals per game, allowing teams to convert on 25.0% of their chances.
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The Nashville Predators had the most points in the league this season as they won the President’s Cup. However, they were not able to keep their momentum in the first round of the playoffs as they struggled against the Avs. , Also this is a game 7 with the Jets and the Preds were facing elimination before the start of the last game in Winnipeg. It seems that the Preds have a problem with consistency in the postseason this year. The Predators home form for the season stands at 31-16 and they have averaged 3.34 goals per game and have allowed 2.68 goals per game in those games. It is worth to mention that Pekka Rinne enjoys a good form as he stopped all 34 of the shots that he faced in the 4-0 win in Winnipeg.
On the offensive side of the game, the Preds have been in a solid form as their scoring average stands at 3.33 goals per game, converting on 20.6% of their chances. At the defensive part of the game, they have been average as they are placed on the 8th spot in goals allowed, conceding an average of 3.08 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 15.8% of their chances.
These games were rather strange since the home advantage did not have much effect on the results. However, I expect that the Preds will not let this chance to get away as they have been the best team in the league all season. Moreover, their home form stands at 31 -16 and the Jets away form is 23-23 so far this season. I expect a hard and tense game with the Predators winning the series and heading for a clash with the Golden Knights.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators today on 5/10/2018 is: Take the Los Nashville Predators -155 (money line bet)
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