NHL Odds, Pick, Prediction: Jets vs. Predators (Saturday, Feb. 12)
Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images. Pictured: Juuse Saros
- The Predators host the Jets as home favorites on Saturday.
- With the Jets playing on the second leg of a road back-to-back, is this a good spot to fade them?
- Tony Sartori breaks down the matchup and shares his best bet below.
Jets vs. Predators Odds
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We have a Central Division matchup Saturday night as the sixth-place Winnipeg Jets travel to Nashville to take on the second-place Predators. This will be the third matchup between these two teams this season to break up the 1-1 split.
Will we see the over hit for the third time between these two teams this season, or will we finally see some good goaltending?
The Winnipeg Jets enter on the second half of a road back-to-back following last night’s game in Dallas. With Connor Hellebuyck getting the start last night, we should expect backup goaltender Eric Comrie to patrol the crease tonight.
Comrie has been an awesome backup this season, posting a 0.920 SV%. Currently, Comrie would rank second among starting goaltenders in 5-on-5 Goals Saved Above Expected per 60 minutes.
The good efforts from Winnipeg’s backup goaltender have resulted in low-scoring games, as there have been six or fewer total goals scored in five of Comrie’s seven starts this season. Low-scoring games have been a trend for Winnipeg in general recently, as there have been six or fewer total goals scored in six of their last seven games.
Nashville looks to regroup tonight following Wednesday’s loss to the Dallas Stars. The Central Division’s second-place team has optimism entering tonight, catching Winnipeg on the second half of a back-to-back, especially with how great the Predators’ blue line has been recently.
Roman Josi and company have quietly been one of the best defensive groupings in hockey this year. Currently, the Predators rank sixth in the league in 5-on-5 Expected Goals Against per 60 minutes (xGA) and seventh in Average Expected Goal Value of opposing 5-on-5 shot attempts.
The Preds have looked even sharper in their own zone recently, as they have held opposing teams to three or fewer goals in six of their last seven games. Another contributing factor to this has been Nashville’s excellent goaltending.
Juuse Saros is expected to be between the pipes tonight for Nashville, and he has been one of the league’s best this season. Saros boasts a 0.926 SV% and has allowed more than three goals just once over his last six starts.
While this season has seen two high-scoring games between these two teams, I think we will see some regression in the goal-scoring department tonight. Over the last 10 matchups between these two teams, the total goals scored has been six or fewer in seven of those meetings.
I think we are getting an inflated number due to the two previous games this season and the fact that Winnipeg is starting its backup goaltender. I will bank on the under and hope to continue seeing great goaltending from Comrie and Saros.
Pick: Jets/Predators Under 6 (-115) | Play up to -125