The Nashville Predators face the Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Round 2 playoff series at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday evening.
The Predators were given a sterner test by Colorado Avalanche than was perhaps expected in their opening playoff series, eventually prevailing 4-2. The Jets had fewer problems in seeing off Minnesota Wild 4-1.
The Predators and Jets were the top points scoring teams in the NHL over the regular season, with 117 and 114 points respectively, and there was little to choose between the Central Division rivals on the head-to-head record either, with the Predators winning three of the five meetings.
With home advantage, Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen can lead the Predators to victory here.
Pick: Nashville Predators (-150 – Bet365) *Moneyline odds correct at the time of writing*