A major clash within the Central Division will take place on Wednesday evening as the Winnipeg Jets pay a visit to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee to rumble with the Nashville Predators. The Jets enter this game off a 4-1 home win over the Golden Knights, while the Predators are off a 7-2 home win over the Capitals.
Jets Shutdown The Golden Knights
The Winnipeg Jets continue to have a solid season as they are currently at 30-16 on the year overall and in first place in the Central Division. Their 62 points are 3rd most in the Western Conference and 4th most in the league. The Jets enter this game off a 4-1 home win over the Golden Knights and it was their 3rd win in a row and 6th in their last eight games. The Jets took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd and never looked back. Scoring in the win was Kyle Connor, who scored twice and now has 18 in the year, Mathieu Perreault, which was his 10th of the year and Mark Scheifele, which was his 25th of the year. Their final two goals in the game were empty-netters.
Grabbing the win was Laurent Brossoit, who stopped 43 of the 44 shots that he faced to improve to 10-2 with a 2.01 GAA on the year. Connor Hellebuyck will be back in the crease for this one and he has gone 20-14 with a 2.87 GAA and a .908 save percentage on the year, including 7-7 with a 2.97 GAA and a .906 save percentage on the road. In his career, he has gone 6-6 with a 3.18 GAA against the Predators. The Jets have gone 12-8 on the road and they have averaged 3.00 gpg and have allowed 2.95 gpg in those games. Winnipeg enters this game ranked 3rd in the league in power play conversions at 27.7% and 11th in penalty kill at 81.2%.
Predators Pound The Caps At Home
The Nashville Predators had a recent streak where they went 0-6, but they have since bounced back as they have gone 6-3 over their last nine games. Nashville has struggled on the road, but at home, they have been very tough and they come in off a 7-2 home win over the Washington Capitals. The offense has been hot of late as they have scored three or more goals in 10 straight games and have averaged 4.10 gpg over that stretch. The Preds had a 2-0 lead on the Caps just 10:33 into the game and they never looked back. Viktor Arvidsson has been hot of late and he led the attack by notching a hat trick in the win. He now has nine goals over his last nine games and 17 on the year. Nick Bonino (10th & 11th), Rocco Grimaldi (4th), and Calle Jarnkrok (8th) also scored in the win.
Snatching up the victory was Juuse Saros, who stopped 26 of the 28 shots that he faced to improve to 11-6 with a 2.58 GAA on the year. Pekka Rinne will get the nod in this one and he has gone 17-14 with a 2.43 GAA and a .915 save percentage on the year, including 11-5 with a 2.01 GAA and a .923 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 16-5 with a 2.30 GAA against the Jets. Nashville has gone 16-7 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.13 gpg and have allowed 2.09 gpg in those games. The Predators check in ranked 21st in power play conversions at 17.5% and 2nd in penalty kill at 85.7%.
- 42-16 in their last 58 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- 45-22 in their last 67 games playing on 1 days rest
- The Over is Over is 8-1-2 in Jets last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- The Over is 7-3-2 in Jets last 12 vs. the Central