Jets Worth a Shot with Plus Money in Opener vs. Predators

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Dana Lane

Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:14 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018 6:14 PM UTC

Winnipeg is a staggering 41-18 against the Western Conference as they roll into Nashville to start the Western Conference semifinals Friday. The host Predators are favored, but why?

NHL Friday: Jets vs. PredatorsFree NHL Pick: Jets MLBest Line Offered: Intertops

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The Winnipeg Jets visit Nashville to face the Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday night (8 ET; NBC Sports Network).

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It was a night out, with the #WPGWhiteout last Friday!

Relive the night and prepare to do so again throughout round two! pic.twitter.com/DX50EVG00J

— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) April 25, 2018
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Like most teams, the Jets have never found "Smashville" to be a friendly environment, as reflected in their 1-4 recent record there, but I’m guessing their last meeting gave the Jets confidence. Believe me, I have a friend who works in the depths of a particular Las Vegas arena and he told me that no team is cockier than Winnipeg -- and why not. They know that on most nights they have more skill than their opponent in addition to having a size advantage. I’ve seen this team up close and they are big and nasty.

In their last meeting, Winnipeg won 5-4 on a shootout goal by Mark Scheifele, but the real story is how the Jets tilted the ice in the last 40 minutes after the Predators outshot them 15-4 in the first period, resulting in a 2-0 lead. After intermission, the Jets dominated the rest of the game and tied the game at 4 on Blake Wheeler's goal in the first minute of play. More telling was Winnipeg’s 43-21 shot advantage from the first period on. Don’t think teams don’t remember those kinds of trends, a fact that has to be worrisome to Nashville because they didn’t play as disciplined as we’re used to seeing against Colorado in the first round and now they face a team that is incredibly dynamic.

So if the oddsmakers want to be generous and hand me +135, I’ll be happy to take that for my NHL picks in Game 1. I’ve said it before, this will be the best series of this postseason, and in the end Winnipeg will survive and move on to the West finals.

The NHL odds board shows the Predators (-155) as large favorites in Game 1, which is a little difficult to understand considering how even these teams are. However, there will be an adjustment because there’s no way the public won’t see the value in the underdog, even though larger money is betting the Predators. My suggestion is to bet this game now because as it gets closer to game time there will be some buy-back, which will cut into your value as the number sits now.

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