The Western Conference Second Round game 7 between the betting odds favorite Nashville Predators and the Winnepeg Jets is one day away. The Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck is poised and ready for the Predators. In Game 6, Hellebuyck allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the Jets loss to the Predators. This series has been a back and forth from game one but this is the last a final chance for both teams to enter the Western Conference Finals against the Vegas Golden Knights who are waiting in the wings for their next opponent. The Predators will have Pekka Rinna in front of the net who has 112 saves on 117 shots in the 3 games won by the predators. The Vegas odds makers favorite in game 7 is tthe Nashville Predators at -1 1/2(+170) and the road dog Winnepeg Jets at +1 1/2(-200). The game total is listed at 5 1/2(EVEN)o and 5 1/2(-120)u.
Game 7 will be at the home of the Predators on Thursday, May 10, 2018 with a puck drop at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Predators play hard defense when the season is on the line. Nashville's defense will have their hands full with Mark Scheifele the highest scorer in the playoffs for the Jets and maybe their unsung hero. The betting odds favorites say the goalies will win or lose this game, so let's compare. The road dog Winnepeg Jets possess a calm, cool and collected goalie who is ready for the challenge. Hellebuyck made 47 saves in game one's 4-1 victory, 26 saves in game three for the win and 38 save in game five. Rinna holds his own in front of the net for the Predators with 46 saves in game 2 and a 1-1 tie, 32 saves in game 4 to help tie up the series for the second time, and a 34 save shut out in game 6.
The NHL stats show Nashville (-165) ranked #1 and Winnepeg (+145) #2 in regular season points. Nashville put out 217 shots on goal in the series with 18 of them hitting the back of the net. Winnepeg had 213 shots on goal sending 22 of them through into the net. Both teams know how to hit and do it well with 144.5 hits in six games of this series. Who will win game 7 and be one step closer to the Cup? Will it be the first team to score? Will the home advantage send the Predators to the Western Conference Finals? Or will the game send us into overtime before the deciding goal is made? The last time the Predators played in game 7 of the second round was in 2016 against the San Jose Sharks where they were sent home in a 0-5 shutout.
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