The NHL 2nd round playoff action is back this evening as the Winnipeg Jets head to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee to clash with the Nashville Predators in game two of their best-of-seven series. The Jets started well the 2nd round as they won game one by a score of 4-1.
Winnipeg Jets Form
The Jets were in a strong form during the regular part of the season and in the first round of the playoffs. They have kept that momentum by winning the first game against the Preds with a score of 4-1. With that win, their recent record is 16-2 in their last 18 games overall, including 5-1 in the playoffs so far. The Jets will aim to win game 2 in this seriers but it will not be easy as the Predators are still one of the best teams in the league. The Jets away form so far is 22-22 they have averaged 2.84 goals per game and have allowed 2.77 goals per game in those games.
On the offensive side of their game, Winnipeg has been in a solid form in the postseason as they are placed on the 6th spot in scoring at 3.33 goals per game, converting on 23.1% of their chances. However, their main strength is the defensive side of the game. Based on the playoffs stats so far they are placed on the 2nd spot in goals allowed, letting in an average of 1.67 goals per game, allowing their opponents to convert on 18.7% of their chances.
Nashville Predators Form
The Predators were in a great form during the regular season as they won the President’s cup. However, they did not played well in the first round against the Avs and their struggles continued as they are down 0-1 in this series after the first game against Winnipeg. Knowing the fact that the Jets are very strong at home, the Preds cannot afford to lose one more home game. Nashville is not in a good form as their recent record is 9-8 in their last 17 games overall, including just 2-3 in their last five games. Nashville has been one of the best teams in the NHL in the last few years and surely they will have something to say in this series against the Jets. The Predators have gone 30-15 at their home ground this season and they have averaged 3.33 goals per game and have allowed 2.58 goals per game in those games.
The Predators offensive stats placed them at the 7th spot in scoring at 3.29 goals per game, converting on 13.6% of their chances. At the defensive part of their game, the Preds have average stats as they are placed on the 10th spot in goals allowed, letting in an average of 2.71 goals per game, allowing the opposing teams to convert on 10.0% of their chances.
The Jets have been in a great form for the last 2-3 months. On the other side, the Predators have been struggling of late. However, Nashville was the best team during the regular season the league this year, so they have the offensive firepower to bounce back and to get back on track. They are a strong team at home with a record of 30-15 so far. On the other side, the Jets away form is not the greatest as it stands at 22-22. I expect a very tough game, with the Predators coming on top.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators today on 4/29/2018 is: Take the Nashville Predators -173 (money line bet)
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