Back 'Under' With Your NHL Picks As Predators & Jets Struggle To Score

Bruce Webster

Thursday, January 21, 2016 2:43 PM GMT

The Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets meet for the fourth time tonight and we are ready to make some cash from this matchup. Don't miss our free NHL picks here.

Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets
Moneylines: Jets -115, Predators +105
Total: 5
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Free NHL Pick: Under 5
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

The NHL odds are out for this game as the Scuffling Nashville has lost six of its past seven games as it begins a four-game Canadian road trip in Winnipeg on Thursday night. The Jets aren’t playing much better as they have dropped four of their past six. 

 

Predators Keep Sliding
Nashville (20-18-8 SU, 17-20-0 O/U) ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 home win over Minnesota on Saturday but that was behind backup goalie Carter Hutton. No. 1 Pekka Rinne was back in there on Tuesday and the Preds were beaten 4-1 at home by scorching-hot Chicago. Defenseman Ryan Ellis had the lone Nashville goal and was the game’s No. 3 star. Predators’ defensemen lead the NHL with 111 points this season. Rinne allowed three goals on the first 13 shots he saw and is just 1-5-1 in his past seven starts. He has allowed at least three goals in eight of his past nine starts.

Nashville is 4-13-4 this season when allowing the first goal. On the bright side, the Predators did put 39 shots on goal, but the Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford was up to the task. It was the 10th time this season that the Predators have taken at least 35 shots and scored two or fewer goals. They are 0-8-2 in those 10 games. Predators forwards Gabriel Bourque (one goal, three assists) and Colin Wilson (four goals, 12 assists) did not play in the game and remain on injured reserve. Nashville started the season 7-1-1 but since Nov. 1, only Winnipeg and Montreal have worse records in the NHL.

 

Jets Still Banged Up
Winnipeg (21-22-3 SU, 19-24-3 O/U) saw a two-game winning streak end in a 2-1 home loss to Colorado on Monday to being a four-game homestand. Joel Armia had his second NHL goal for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 32 shots. Jets leading scorer Blake Wheeler had a whopping 17 shot attempts, with 10 stopped by Avs netminder Semyon Varlamov, four blocked and three misses. So the 10 official shots were a career high for Wheeler.

The Jets played again Monday without winger Drew Stafford and center Mark Scheifele. Stafford, second on the team with 14 goals, is not expected to play in this game, either, due to an undisclosed injury. Scheifele (12 goals, 11 assists) also is likely out again; he has missed five straight with a lower-body injury. The Jets are offensively-challenged as it is, averaging only 2.6 goals per game and ranking 28th on the power play in converting just 15.5 percent of the time.

 

Trends for Nashville:
1-8 in their last 9 vs. Western Conference
0-4 in their last 4 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
0-4 in their last 4 vs. a team with a losing record
Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

 

Trends for Winnipeg:
7-2 in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
Home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings
Under is 9-3-2 in Jets’ last 14 overall

 

Betting Analysis
This is the fourth meeting of the season. Nashville won 7-0 at home on Nov. 14, but Winnipeg took a 4-1 victory in Tennessee on Jan. 5 and a 5-4 OT home victory last Thursday. Wheeler scored the winner 51 seconds into OT in last week’s game — Winnipeg blew a three-goal third-period lead. Dustin Byfuglien scored twice for the Jets and Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots. Rinne made 19 saves for the Predators. It is interesting that they play again one week later in the same city. So even when the previous three games have been pretty high-scoring, these two teams struggle to score.Take the under for your NHL picks.