Jets Are Rolling, but Predators Will Slow That at Bridgestone Arena

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Dana Lane

Monday, November 20, 2017 6:05 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 6:05 PM GMT

The Winnipeg Jets travel to Nashville to take on the Predators in hopes of extending their winning streak to five games. Puck drops at the Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. ET.

Free NHL Pick: Predators -130Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators

I know some of you are tired of hearing me boast about my win streak on the "Play of the Day" write-ups, but seven of eight wins is worthy of puffing your chest out a bit. Certainly everyone who has followed me from Day 1 has been cashing tickets on daily basis between my plays here and on the "Ice Guys Show." In fact, you should watch that show every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (Wednesday, Saturday this week) starting at 9 a.m. ET. Our record on the show has also caused reason for a little bragging. Honestly, who else is doing this on a consistent basis? Jump on one of SBR’s approved books to start your own winning streak today.

The opening movement in tonight’s Predators, Jets match-up wasn’t hard to predict with both teams matched evenly, at least on paper. I would get this bet in now because it appears the Preds are starting to get the majority of attention among bettors with close to 55% of all tickets written coming in Nashville. The ticket count still hasn’t forced the books to jump off the -135 in most spots but it’s a matter of time, get it while the number favors us.

I anticipate a big night from the Predators' top line against the Jets. Winnipeg already gives up a ton of shots every game (34). What are the Jets going to give up against a team that has the ability to but real pressure on with Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen?

Pekka Rinne has moved back in my good graces with a sensational goals-against average of .922, which is key when you’re facing the Jets, who are 6th in goals per game but dead last in actual shots on net. Broken down, that means they make the most of getting to the net, forcing me to make sure I have a guy in goal who will stop what little shots they do create. Throw in the depth the Predators recently acquired by getting Kyle Turris, and I think this team will jell back into a Cup contender.

We can’t overlook home ice advantage for Nashville. Sometimes we try to be too cute with our handicapping when often the winner comes from a simplistic edge. The Predators are 6-1-1 at the Bridgestone Arena this season, and we know how important home ice was for them last year in the postseason. Add in that the Jets have dropped 9 of their 12 visits to Tennessee allowing, us a clear idea of what side to be on.

From a trend perspective, Nashville has now won six of its last seven games and 12 of 16 against the Central Division. 

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