The NHL 2nd round playoff action is back on Thursday evening as teams from the Nashville Predators will clash with the Winnipeg Jets in game four of their best-of-seven series. The Jets won the third game by a score of 7-4 which gave them a 2-1 series lead.
Nashville Predators Form
The Nashville Predators missed a good chance to take a crucial 2-1 series lead in the third game. The Preds were 3-0 ahead after the first period, but the Jets made a comeback and took a 4-3 lead at the end of the second period. The Preds lacked discipline as they gave two penalties in the final periods of the game. It is was a day to forget for Nashville as those two penalties cost them the game. The Preds form is not good at the moment as they are now 3-4 in their last seven games. It is imperative for Nashville to win this game to get back their home-ice advantage. The Predators away form is 27-18 and they have averaged 3.07 goals per game and have allowed 2.53 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of the game, the Predators have very solid stats as they enter this game as the 5th team in scoring at 3.56 goals per game, converting on 20.0% of their chances. At the defensive part of the game, the Preds have been below average as they are placed on the 10th spot in goals allowed, conceding an average of 3.33 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 13.8% of their chances.
Winnipeg Jets Form
The Winnipeg Jets are one of the best teams in the NHL this season. They were back to their normal as they won game three of this series by a score of 7-4. Winnipeg is in good form overall as they won 17 of their last 20 games. Moreover, it seems that the Jets are more than a match for the Predators who have been the best team in the league this season. Nashville was the team with most points in the league this year, yet the Jets are one of the positive surprises this season. Winnipeg has been great on their home ground as their record is 36-9 this season and they have averaged a solid 3.89 goals per game and have allowed 2.40 goals per game in those games.
The Jets have been a good offensive team in the postseason as they are placed 3rd in scoring at 3.88 goals per game, converting on 22.7% of their chances. Their postseason form has been very solid at the defensive part of the game, as they are placed on the 3rd spot in goals allowed, conceding an average of 2.38 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 25.0% of their chances.
These teams have great offensive firepower this season. The Preds were the best team during the regular part of the season as they won the President’s Cup. On the other side, the Jets have been great in attack and defence as this year. Moreover, they have been a juggernaut on home ice this year. The Preds are behind in these series and I expect them to put a more solid performance in this game. These teams have played some great hockey this season as the eight meetings between these teams overall have ended with an average of 8.3 goals per game. I expect this game to be similar to the previous. Go for Over 6 in this game.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets today on 5/3/2018 is: Take the OVER 6 (total)
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