Clinching their second playoff berth since relocating to Atlanta in 2011, the Winnipeg Jets are trying to make themselves a household name. Defeating the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on April 20th to get their first franchise playoff win was just the start. The Jets would eventually go on defeat the Wild 4-1 to win their first playoff series in franchise history.
While all the things were clicking for the Jets, their second-round matchup has been anything but easy. Taking on the number one seeded Nashville Predators, the Jets will look to take game 7 in Nashville on Thursday.
But will the Jets luck run out?
“This isn’t, ‘Hey, let’s really try hard now. It’s Game 7,’” captain Blake Wheeler said. “I get it. It’s frustrating. It’s painful. You were right there. It’s an elimination game. But there have been an awful lot of seven game series that have happened in the history of the National Hockey League, and somebody was up 3-2 in every single one of them.
“They were good on the road, we were good in our last game,” he concluded. “It’s gonna be a hell of a game.”
It’ll be a hell of a game indeed as neither team has won two games on the road, with Nashville falling behind in a Game one that they dominated and has been chasing this series ever since. Both clubs are 1-2 at home — four road wins in six games. The even strength shot attempts are 338 apiece, the even strength shots 177 apiece, and the even strength goal tally 12-11 for the Preds (source: Natural Stat Trick).
Game 7 is set for 8:00 pm ET on Thursday and luckily for the Jets, luck on is on their side. In a series where neither team has one back-to-back games, the Jets look to keep that trend alive Thursday night. The Jets, who looked very tentative in game 6 will need to be a lot more aggressive if they plan on taking game 7 in Nashville. If you want to bet on it visit Betfair and pick a special offer for it
“It’s been back and forth, up and down, so it’s probably right that it’s going seven games. There was lots of stuff we didn’t like. The idea that you’re going to go out there and win every night because you won the last one, well, we’d have a whole bunch of teams going 16-0,” said Winnipeg’s head coach Paul Maurice.
Maurice would go onto add, “There have been an awful lot of [Game 7s] that have happened in the history of the National Hockey League and somebody was 3-2 in every one of those. They were good on the road, we were good in our last game [in Nashville]. We want to win the game just as bad as they do.”