Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets Prediction, Preview and Odds - 10/23/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Saturday, October 23, 2021
Venue:  Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Where to Watch:  ESPN+


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Moneyline:  Predators +105, Jets -125; Over/Under:  NL goals
Bet365:  Moneyline:  Predators +105, Jets -125; Over/Under:  5.5 goals
BetMGM:  Moneyline:  Predators +110, Jets -130; Over/Under:  6 goals

Season Record

Nashville Predators:  1-3-0 (5th place, Central Division)
Winnipeg Jets:  1-2-1 (4th place, Central Division)
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Nashville Predators vs Winnipeg Jets Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Nashville Predators:  lost at home on Oct. 21 against the New York Rangers 3-1.
Winnipeg Jets:  won at home on Oct. 21 against the Anaheim Ducks 5-1.

Nashville Predators Analysis

The Predators are coming into this game with 2 points and a 1-3-0 record overall to start their season while they have not played in any road games yet this season where they will be in this game. The Predators started their season off on the wrong foot giving the Seattle Kraken their first win in franchise history in the Preds home opener and first game of the season. Their only win came against the LA Kings while they lost their last game to the Rangers 3-1 last Thursday night. Philip Tomasino scored the only goal for them in that game while Ryan Johansen and Dante Fabbro both came away with 1 assist each. Tomasino also led the team in shots on goal in that one with 5. Juuse Saros was the starting goaltender in that game and he allowed 2 goals on 29 shots with 27 saves and a .931 sv percentage. Their offense has scored 8 goals in their first 4 games averaging 2 goals scored per game in that span and they have allowed their opponents to score 11 goals against them in that same span allowing a little under 3 goals per game.

Winnipeg Jets Analysis

The Jets are coming into this game with 3 points and a 1-2-1 record overall to start their season while they are 1-0-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. The Jets got off to a rocky start losing 3 games straight to start the regular season but they snapped that streak in their last game with a 5-1 win over the Ducks. After a close first period going into intermission tied, they came out in the 2nd period taking the lead and then just ran away with the game in the third period outscoring the Ducks 4-0 in the last 40 minutes of that game. Kyle Connor led the team in goals in that game with 2 while Pierre-Luc Dubois, Andrew Copp, and Josh Morrissey all had 1 goal each as well in that one. Nate Schmidt led the team in assists with 2 in that game while Connor, Dubois, Paul Stastny, and Evgeny Svechnikov all had 1 assist each. Connor also led the team in shots on goal in that one with 6 and was clearly their most productive player on the ice in that game. Their offense has scored 14 goals in their first 4 games averaging over 3 goals scored per game in that span and they have allowed their opponent to score 15 goals against them allowing a little under 4 goals per game in that same span.


Predators vs Jets Prediction

The Jets are coming into this game as the slight favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. They have not looked bad in their games this season though. Their first game was bad but their other 2 losses were by 1 point, one of them coming in OT 6-5. They finally got to break out against the Ducks with a big 5-1 win. The Predators have looked really bad in their first few games and look like they are going to have a rough season ahead of them this year. The best bet to place in this game is on the Jets to come out as the winners here.
Predators Jets Prediction:  Our NHL Pick for Saturday, October 23, 2021 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Jets 4 Predators 2.
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NHL Betting Trends

Nashville Predators: 70-69 -10.4 (units) in all games. 19-23 -14 (units) first half of the season. 13-19 (-6.4 units) in a road game where where the total is 5.5.
Winnipeg Jets: 73-70 (+4.6 units) in all games. 13-7 (+4.5 units) in a home game where where the total is 5.5. 23-21 (+2.8 units) first half of the season. 45-41 (+4.6 units) vs. division opponents.

Key Injuries

Nashville Predators:  D. Rittich (G) Out indefinitely - Illness.
Winnipeg Jets:  M. Scheifele (C) Ques Sat - Illness. B. Wheeler (RW) Out indefinitely - Illness. D. Samberg (D) Late Nov - Ankle injury.

Players to Watch

Nashville Predators: Mikael Granlund is one player to watch in this matchup. He leads his team in points, goals, and assists this season. He has been their main source of offense in a season where they are not off to a great start. He was quiet in their last game so look for him to step up and get more involved in their offense here as they try to get a win here.
Winnipeg Jets: Kyle Connor is one player to watch in this contest. He leads his team in points and in goals this season. He is coming off of a game where he scored 2 goals and really led the entire offense with his play. Look for him to keep playing at such a high level in this game as he looks to help pick up a win for his team here.

Notable Quotes

“We knew special teams, coming into the game, was going to be really important.” - John Hynes on points his team needs to focus on.
“No, I’ve never seen that before. The rumor was it was free hat night, and they didn’t like them, so they were just throwing them.” - Kyle Connor on the fans throwing hats on the ice after his 2nd goal against the Ducks.

Starting Lineups

Nashville Predators
LW Forsberg, Filip
C Johansen, Ryan
RW Duchene, Matt
LD Josi, Roman
RD Fabbro, Dante 
G Saros, Juuse
Winnipeg Jets
LW Stastny, Paul
C Copp, Andrew
RW Ehlers, Nikolaj
LD Morrissey, Joshua
RD Schmidt, Nate
G Connor Hellebuyck

Statistical Leaders

Nashville Predators
Points: M.Granlund (4)
Goals: M.Granlund (1)
Assists: M.Granlund (3)
GAA: J.Saros (2.05)
Winnipeg Jets
Points: K.Connor (7)
Goals: K.Connor (5)
Assists: N.Pionk (3)
GAA: C.Hellebuyck (3.75)
Nashville Predators: John Hynes (3rd season)
Winnipeg Jets: Paul Maurice (9th season)

Amedeus Mastrangelo

About the Author:

Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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