Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 19, 2022

The Winnipeg Jets make their first visit of the season to the Central Division-rival Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Winnipeg
39-32-7-4
AT
January 20, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville
45-30-5-2
Puckline +1.5 -189
Moneyline +132
Over / Under o +6

46%

Betting Action

54%

Puckline -1.5 +157
Moneyline -158
Over / Under u +6

46%

Betting Action

54%

The Preds opened as -130 favourites on the NHL odds.

Jets vs. Predators NHL Betting Odds

Thursday is the second of what are supposed to be three regular-season meetings between the teams. Winnipeg’s first visit to Nashville was to be Dec. 21, but that was postponed due to COVID issues and to this writer’s knowledge a makeup date has yet to be announced.

On Oct. 23, the Jets hosted the Predators and won 6-4. Paul Stastny (currently out injured) had two goals, including what would prove the game-winner at 3:36 of the third. Yet he wasn’t one of the three stars. Rookie forward Kristian Vesalainen was the no. 1 with his first NHL goal. Nate Schmidt had three assists. Winnipeg was without No. 1 centre Mark Scheifele and captain Blake Wheeler at the time. Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves in the win, and Juuse Saros stopped just 23 of 29 shots in one of his shakiest outings of the season for Nashville.

Winnipeg is 5-2 in the past seven meetings. The total has gone under in four of the past five.

Winnipeg Jets

Due to COVID postponements, this will be Winnipeg’s first home game since beating St. Louis 4-2 on Dec. 19. The Jets caught a break in Washington on Tuesday in that the very good Capitals were down three key players and starting their backup goaltender, and Winnipeg jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but lost 4-3 in overtime. Kyle Connor (21st of season), Cole Perfetti (first) and Pierre-Luc Dubois (16th) had the goals. Connor Hellebuyck surrendered four goals on 31 shots and is now 14-10-5 with a 2.78 GAA and .915 SV.

Winger Nikolaj Ehlers was injured in the third period and apparently will miss at least Thursday. He has 13 goals and 12 assists in 34 games. On the bright side, fellow forward Blake Wheeler is close to playing for the first time since Dec. 10. The Jets are 16-6 in their past 22 Thursday games.

Nashville Predators

Nashville lost its fourth in a row Tuesday, 3-1 at home to Vancouver, and has totaled just eight goals over that span. Philip Tomasino (fifth of season) had the lone goal vs. the Canucks. Backup David Rittich surrendered three goals on 24 shots, but it should be Juuse Saros in this one. The All-Star is 20-11-2 with a 2.43 GAA and .923 SV.

The team is healthy at forward but without blueliners Dante Fabbro and Mattias Ekholm. Due to the team being thin there, Jeremy Davies skated 12:30 and registered three shots as he made his season debut Tuesday. Davies was called up from the taxi squad prior to the game. Nashville is 7-2 in its past nine vs. the Western Conference.

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