The two top teams in the Central Division will clash in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday when the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators (44-14-10) host the Winnipeg Jets (41-18-10) as solid home favorites.
The Predators lead the division by six points thanks to a recent 10-game winning streak, and they have gone a remarkable 10-0-1 in their past 11 outings.
NHL betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.2-2.5, Predators. NHL picks on every game.
Why the Jets Can Pay on the NHL Lines
Winnipeg has not dropped consecutive meetings with Nashville since 2016, according to the OddsShark NHL Database.
Since losing three straight games in the series early that year, the Jets and Preds have alternated wins and losses in the past six meetings.
They earned a 6-4 victory the last time they visited Nashville on December 19 behind two goals from Nikolaj Ehlers, while All-Star goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.
Winnipeg is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday, and the team has won three of its past four contests when playing the second game of a back-to-back.
Why the Predators Can Pay on the NHL Lines
Nashville has been the hottest team in the league lately, challenging the Eastern Conference's Tampa Bay Lightning for the Presidents' Trophy and for home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Predators still picked up a valuable point despite seeing their 10-game winning streak end with a 3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
In their most recent meeting with the Jets, the Preds twice rallied from a two-goal deficit en route to a 6-5 road win, with the game-winner coming from newcomer Ryan Hartman.
Smart Betting Pick
Winnipeg is missing one of its best players in center Mark Scheifele, who has tallied 51 points (21 goals and 30 assists) in 50 games this season.
Unfortunately for the Jets, the 24-year-old has sat out the past three games with an upper-body injury, and they have lost two of them.
Without Scheifele in the lineup, Nashville will have an even bigger edge at home, where the team has gone 24-7-4 this term. It is also expected Hellebuyck will sit in this back-to-back situation, so take the Predators to get the win.
NHL Betting Trends
Winnipeg is 9-4 in its past 13 games.
Winnipeg is 5-2 SU in its past seven games on the road.
Nashville is 10-1 SU in its past 11 games.
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