Match start: 01:00 (GMT+1)
After home defeat with the score 2:6 very few people believed that the finalist of the Stanley Cup 2017 will manage to reach the final match of the Conference in the current playoffs.
However, the team of Peter Laviolette has made this and has destroyed the rival (4:0) at his ice where Winnipeg had a 13-match series without defeats recently. But such large score has happened thanks to combination of circumstances. In particular, the first two goals is a bright example of how good luck can accompany in achievement of result.
If we speak about an advantage of home ice for Nashville in the current playoffs, then we have to say that there are none. The Hunters have lost 3 matches in four last home games and have only once gained a victory in an overtime (5:4 in the second match with Jets).
The team of Paul Maurice had total advantage the most part of the playing time in the previous match. But the team hasn’t managed to score even one goal, in many respects thanks to the inspired game of Pekka Rinne, the rival’s goalkeeper.
The Finnish goalkeeper is saving his team not for the first time on during this series. Also Rinne can be proud for the fourth match that was won in Manitoba with the score 2:1.
Jets had 4 attempts for power play during the previous meeting but any hasn’t resulted in successful goal. Prior to that match it Nashville the match which has brought a victory to the quests with 50% of realization from two attempts has been played. Also Maurice’s team had impressive advantage at face-off spot during the previous game (40 — 26).
Nashville Predators to win 2.19
Winnipeg Jets to win 3.08
In three battles of this series the team which was coming for away matches and which was better playing on counterattacks was winning. So here we give small advantage to Jets and they possess a large number of trumps among which there is the youth and power-play. And Rinne during the present playoffs is unstable and this is rather unusual. So this time it is difficult to wait for dry score from the goalkeeper of Nashville.