Winnipeg @ Nashville
If it is not broke, don't fix it. Winnipeg and Nashville have gone Over the total in four of the last five head-to-head meetings including all three previous matchups this season between the Jets and Predators which had final scores of 5-3, 6-4 and 6-5. All three previous games between them on the season have been filled with pace and dangerous scoring chances and the teams combined for 30+ shots in most of those games. Winnipeg's offense has taken a bit of a recent hit with the absence of Mark Scheifele due to an upper body injury but the Jets have plenty of depth up front with one of the deepest group of forwards and some of the best four line depth in the entire NHL including the likes of Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers. Nashville has been very good offensively and acquiring Kyle Turris at the center ice position from the Ottawa Senators earlier this season bolstered their offensive potency even more.
The Predators have found the back of the net with regularity in recent games scoring 3+ goals in 8 of their last 10 games. Winnipeg has made the somewhat surprising move to go with their backup goalie Michael Hutchinson in net for this pivotal divisional clash despite the tremendous season their #1 goalie Connor Hellebuyck is having. Hutchinson's track record against Nashville is not flattering as he owns a well below average 3.33 GAA and .857 save percentage in two previous starts against them. With the Over at 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between Nashville and Winnipeg and the Over at 6-1 in Winnipeg's last 7 games against conference opponents, I'll look for those totals trends to continue tonight in Music City.