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The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Bridgestone Arena. The Winnipeg Jets need a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Nashville Predators look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with 25 goals, Mark Scheifele has 19 assists and Nikolaj Ehlers has 134 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 74 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 100 goals on 1,144 shots faced, and Eric Comrie has allowed 18 goals on 226 shots.
The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with 24 goals, Roman Josi has 33 assists and Matt Duchene has 124 shots on goal. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Juuse Saros has allowed 92 goals on 1,237 shots faced, and David Rittich has allowed 20 goals on 170 shots.
The Jets are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Predators are 23-9 in their last 32 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. The under is 5-2 in Jets last 7 overall. The over is 12-5 in Predators last 17 overall. The favorite is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
The Winnipeg Jets are in terrible form right now, and being on the end of a back to back makes them even less attractive. The Nashville Predators play their best hockey by far on their home ice, and they have a clear rest advantage with a couple of days off. You could argue this line should be a lot steeper. Give me the Preds and the PL for max betting value.