Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets Game 1 Pick - Odds and Playoff Predictions

May 1, 8:00 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Nashville +115/Winnipeg -135

Nashville was on the wrong end of a 4-1 loss as a -160 home favorite to open this conference semifinal matchup in the Central Division. After going 2-1 on their home ice in a 4-2 series victory against Colorado in the opening round, the Predators got a much-needed 5-4 win at home on Sunday as -187 favorites to even things up against the Jets. It took Nashville over five minutes into the second overtime period to get it done when Kevin Fiala scored the game-winner. Ryan Johansen gave the Predators the early 1-0 lead in that game with a goal just 27 seconds into the first period. Pekka Rinne got the start in goal, and he turned away 46 of the 50 shots he faced.

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Anytime you lose a tight game like Sunday's Game 2, it is essential to get a fast start out of the gate your next time out. Winnipeg lost Game 3 of its series against Minnesota on the road 6-2 as a -114 favorite, and it responded with a pair of victories by a combined score of 7-0 to end that series in five games. I would expect a much better effort from goalie Connor Hellebuyck on Tuesday night given just how well he has played in the postseason. Through seven games, his GAA stands at 2.12 with a .928 save percentage.

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Nashville at Winnipeg Betting Trends

  • The Predators are 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 games overall.
  • Nashville is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 road games in Winnipeg.
  • The Jets are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games overall.
  • Winnipeg is 3-6 against the spread in their last 9 home games.
  • The game total has gone over in 5 of the Jet’s last 7 games against the Predators.

Injury Report


  • Yannick Weber D Ques Tues - Upper Body


  • Mathieu Perreault C Ques Tues - Shoulder
  • Joel Armia RW Ques Tues - Upper Body
  • Dmitry Kulikov D Out indefinitely - Back

Nashville at Winnipeg Prediction 05/01/2018

The total has stayed UNDER in most of these two team's earlier playoff games, and I would expect Tuesday's Game 3 to be more of a defensive battle than the nine-goal barrage in Sunday's contest. My lean would be towards Minnesota taking the 2-1 series edge with a win at home, but I am betting the total stays UNDER on an anticipated 5.5-goal line.

Free Pick: 
Take the Under 5.5

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