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Predators Look to Halt Slide

Nashville on Four-Game Skid Entering Matchup vs. Jets

The Nashville Predators are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, but they enter their Central Division contest with the visiting Winnipeg Jets as the firm favorites on the NHL odds board. Does the market have it right?

  • Game: Winnipeg Jets  (17-12-6) at Nashville Predators (24-14-3)
  • Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
  • Day/Time: Thursday, 8 p.m. ET
  • Television: ESPN+

Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators
Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators

Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators

Visitors Look To Bounce Back

The Winnipeg Jets are coming off a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. The Jets came away with a point for their efforts in the nation’s capital, but they slipped to 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.

The Jets are ranked fifth in the Central Division with a 17-12-6 mark and 40 points. They’re 15 points behind the Colorado Avalanche (first in the division) and 11 points adrift of the Nashville Predators.

By the stats, the Jets are 17th in the league with an average of 2.89 goals scored per game, and they’re 14th with 2.89 goals against. The power play ranks a modest 14th with 20 percent of man-advantage opportunities capitalized on, but they’re second to last in penalty killing with just a 71.7 percent success rate.

Predators Try to Avoid Fifth Straight Defeat

Although the Nashville Predators rank third in the Central Division with a 24-14-3 mark and 51 points, recent form is a worry. The Predators have lost four straight games and also are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. Two of those losses came at home, including a 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.

The loss to the Canucks marked their second straight home loss after losing to the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on January 13. Home form stands at a modest 11-7-0 as a result.

The Predators rank 15th with 2.89 goals scored per game, but their power play is fourth-best with 26% conversion on the man advantage. Defensively, the Predators rank 11th overall with 2.78 goals per game allowed and they’re 13th overall on the penalty kill with 81.2%.

Jets the Value Play

On paper, the Nashville Predators appear to be the better team and, consequently, the correct favorite on the betting online board. However, the hosts are getting no favors from the schedule after playing three games in four nights. It’s a lot of ice time that’s bound to catch up, even though the Predators will have had a day’s rest and are at home for this contest.

The Winnipeg Jets have to fancy their chances against the Predators. The Jets have had several of their games postponed over the last week, including Sunday’s date against the Edmonton Oilers. Since last Thursday, the Jets have only played twice – beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 before succumbing in the narrow overtime loss to the Capitals.

As the Jets come into this game on fresh legs, they strike an attractive pose as the road underdogs with the punditocracy. The BetUS sportsbook tips the Jets as the +125 road underdogs, a bet that is worth considering for NHL picks here.

Pick  Winnipeg Jets  +125

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