Jets vs. Predators: Game 7 Prediction, NHL Playoff Odds

David Bastl | Updated May 09, 2018

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Pekka Rinne played his best game of the series when the Predators needed him most. Now Nashville is favoured at home against Winnipeg for Game 7.

Winnipeg
52-20-8-2
AT
May 10, 2018, 8:00 PM ET
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville
53-18-4-7
Puckline +1.5 -210
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +5.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

Puckline -1.5 +175
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +5.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

It all comes down to Game 7 Thursday night in Music City. The Jets will play the first Game 7 in franchise history that night. Fourteen teams have won their first Game 7 (48.28 percent), 10 on the road. The Jets are hoping they will make it 11 in this NHL matchup.

Jets vs. Predators Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis

The home team in this head-to-head matchup is 9-6 in the last 15 games. But in this series through six games so far, the home team is 2-4. The Predators are riding a 4-0 run in Thursday night games but they have had a tough time putting together back-to-back wins as they are 0-5 recently following a win. The Jets are 4-0 in their last four games playing on two days’ rest, while the Predators are 4-1 in their last five games playing on two days’ rest. Per naturalstattrick.com, these two teams at even strength through six games have the same number of shot attempts (338) and shots on goal (177), with a 66-65 edge for the Jets in high-danger chances and a 12-11 edge for the Preds in goals.

In short, this series has been just about as close as you can get.

Winnipeg Jets

Perhaps the biggest advantage the Jets had during game six was home ice advantage. The Jets were a league best 32-7-2 at Bell MTS Place this season but that hasn’t fazed the Predators. Dating back to Game 4, Jets fans haven’t seen a home goal in almost five and a half periods of play. The Jets power-play was abysmal, going 0 for 4 in the game, including three back-to-back chances in the first period. Perhaps going into Nashville for a Game 7, with the pressure off them will help the Jets. They have won three out of the last five games played there since December of 2017. Of note, the Jets top line of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, and Kyle Connor have combined for 22 points.

Nashville Predators

Goaltender Pekka Rinne picked a good time to play his best game of this series against the Jets in Game 6, as he stopped 34 shots to help his team force Game 7 on Thursday night. Rinne is the first goalie in Predators history to record a shutout in an elimination game. Filip Forsberg scored two highlight reel goals, and now has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 12 post-season games. Currently, he leads the Predators in playoff scoring and is seventh in league scoring. Speaking of Forsberg, the Predators top line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg, and Viktor Arvidsson have combined for 23 points. Centre Mike Fisher left Monday’s game with an undisclosed injury. No word yet on if he will return to the line-up.

Jets vs. Predators Prediction

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