Jets Fly Over the Predators After Trade Deadline Moves

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Dana Lane

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 2:50 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 2:50 PM UTC

Handicapper Dana Lane anticipates that the Jets will win their 23rd game at home in their last 29 games at home

Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets

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Free NHL Pick: Jets -119Best Lines Offered: at Pinnacle

The deadline has come and gone with both of these teams making moves that they hope will push them closer to the Stanley Cup. The Nashville Predators (38-14-9, 85pts, +41) will travel north of the border to take on the Winnipeg Jets (37-16-9, 83 pts, +44), another legitimate Western Conference contender. The puck will drop at the Bell MTS Place at 8:00 ET/5:00 PT. There is a small amount of money trickling in on the Predators with the opening number falling to -119 after the Jets opened -120. Check with the SBR odds page to find the best number as we get closer to game time.

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Winnipeg Jets acquire Paul Stastny:

— CTV Winnipeg (@ctvwinnipeg) February 26, 2018

Power Ranking: Nashville Predators #6 Winnipeg Jets #8

Key Statistic: Nashville 32.4 Shots per game (19th) Winnipeg Jets 3.32 Goals per game (3rd)

Both teams made an impact on trade deadline day with the Predators picking up RW Ryan Hartman (8-17-25) and a 2018 5th round draft pick from the Chicago Blackhawks, giving up a 2018 1st round pick, a 2018 4th round pick and F Victor Ejdsell (17-13-30 Swedish Hockey League).

The Winnipeg Jets acquired Paul Stastny (12-28-40, 63 GP) from the St. Louis Blues who will retain 50% of Stastny’s contract, the Blues gets a lottery protected 2018 1st round pick, a conditional 2010 4th round selection and prospect Erik Foley (15-19-34pts, 32 games, Providence College).

In the short term, there is little doubt the Jets got the better of these moves.

The Jets got lucky because they were in on Derick Brassard, who went to Pittsburgh, and Tomas Plekanec who landed in Toronto. Winnipeg was in need of a center and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff eventually got his guy.

So, how does this impact tonight’s game?

I’m simply jumping on a home team that should be playing in front of a crowd that will be jacked. The MTS Center isn’t an easy place to play in because of its intimate atmosphere, now there is a tangible belief that the fan base can start to see the glisten off the Stanly Cup.

Connor Hellebuyck (32-9-8, .924, 2.32) is probable to start in net for the Jets, Pekka Rinne (32-9-4, .929, 2.27) for the Predators. Hellebuyck, who has allowed just 12 goals in his last six games, is fresh off of a 34 save shutout of the St. Louis Blues. The Jets goaltender is having his best season in his short NHL career. Rinne has equaled that allowing just 10 goals in his last 5 games.

These teams will meet each other three times this season with each roster being so close to the other that ultimately the home ice advantage will provide the only real edge for either.

I’m going to wait a little to bet this game because I anticipate Predators money that will give us a better number but ultimately I’ll own a Jets ticket.



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