Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets - 4/29/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Desiree Steele
April 30, 2018

Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers, left, of Denmark, celebrates with defenseman Tyler Myers (57) after they defeated the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Friday, April 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

Much of the conversation following Friday's 4-1 Winnipeg win was on how the Jets prevailed, despite being badly out-shot and handily losing the time-of-possession battle. "It's awesome and a little different. Intense is the right way to put it".

The Preds made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year and this year they won the President's cub, but they did not look great in their series against the Avs and they have now started out 0-1 in this series to the team that has been scorching of late.

The Predators finished with 53-18-11 record, while the Jets went 52-20-10. The puck hit the stick of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne and Tanev tapped the rebound in for his second goal of the post-season.

The 24-year-old American came into the game off back-to-back shutouts against the Minnesota Wild. The Jets haven't lost at home since February 27 — to Nashville.

"I wouldn't say people would call us huge underdogs", he said.

The Jets were up 3-0 over Nashville in the third period, extending their trend of scoring the first goal in each playoff game this season to six games.

"Pekka will be ready", Laviolette said of Sunday's Game 2.

"You give me two choices on where to be, our game or their win, I'd take the win", Laviolette said.

Winnipeg has averaged 3.4 goals per game, while giving up just 1.6, over the team's five-game winning streak.

The Predators had the sparkling pregame show with the retractable screen dropping from the ceiling and country star Dierks Bentley singing the US anthem, and a couple catfish hit the ice before the puck drop to boot.

"There's no steals in (the) playoffs", said center Mark Scheifele, who scored two goals for the Jets on Friday night. Tanev's wrister beat Rinne's outstretched right skate at 14:51 of the first. He was the best player on the ice, turning away 47 shots, including 20 in the first period. "They were throwing everything at the net. It's just a product of how hard we've been working".

Winnipeg has scored on 23.5 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that's good enough for fifth-best in the National Hockey League. He won three of his four matchups with Winnipeg this season and is 15-4-1 in 21 career games against the Jets with a.916 save percentage and 2.41 goals-against average.

Fiala got Nashville on the scoreboard at 1:23 of the third.

The Predators have been a very solid offensive team during the postseason as they enter this game ranked 6th in scoring at 3.29 gpg, while also ranking 1st in shots taken (37.1 spg) and 13th in power play conversions, converting on 13.6% of their chances. "Everyone's fighting for their ice out there and there are bigger things to do than get into those scrums and both teams understand that". Let's do that for the rest of the series, we're going to be a happy bunch at the end of it. Sports Network will broadcast the matchup, and the action gets going at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 29.

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