This is also the first game between these two rivals since last season’s game seven of the divisional finals, where the Jets knocked off the Predators 5-1 on May 10, 2018 to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
Jets vs Predators Betting Analysis
Both of these teams are 2-1 through three games of the NHL season, and both are expected to compete for the division title at season’s end. The two franchises have built up a very good rivalry in the last couple of years, and it will continue this season. In the last 10 games head-to-head the teams have split them evenly winning five games each. In those 10 games played, five have been decided by two or less goals, and in six of those games, the away team has recorded the victory. In fact, the road team in this series has been very good lately, winning the last four games. In the last nine games played in Nashville, the over has been in play seven times.
The Jets are coming off a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night, in a game which they dominated front start to finish – although that isn’t reflected on the scoreboard. The Jets outshot the Kings 33-9 through the first 40 minutes, and cruised to the win. Kyle Connor scored a goal on the power-play, his third in three games. Dating back to last year in the regular season, Connor has 20 points (12 goals) in his last 16 games.
That’s the good news, and now the bad news. To say Nikolaj Ehlers has struggled as of late is an understatement. He hasn’t registered a point so far this season, and dating back to last season has two goals in the last 30 games. Take this into consideration as well, Ehlers finished last year with 29 goals on the season. The Jets only took two minor penalties in the win against the Kings, a big improvement from the five they took against the Stars that allowed Dallas to score three power-play goals.
The Predators are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames Tuesday, a rarity on home ice. The Preds lost just eight regulation games during the regular season at Bridgestone Arena (28-9-4) last year. Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros have been sharing the goaltending duties so far this season, and it should be interesting to see which one gets the nod in this game against the Jets. Rinne is the defending Vezina Trophy winner, but when he last played the Jets, he was unceremoniously pulled in the first period of game seven after allowing two goals on seven shots.
So far this regular season, defenceman PK Subban has a goal and two assists in three games, while Viktor Arvidsson has a pair of goals. Both will be looked upon to lead the team for much of this season.
Jets vs. Predators Prediction