The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets have battled over dominance of the western conference for the past few seasons. As the top two teams in the deep Central Division, the Jets and the Predators tend to be the best NHL betting options for Stanley Cup futures. Nashville won six of the last ten regular season games against the Jets, outperforming Winnipeg during the regular season. The Predators won the Presidents’ Trophy last year, while the Jets finished second overall, three points behind Nashville.
During the 2018-19 season, Nashville and Winnipeg jockey for top spot in the conference again. These clubs are among the top point producers in the league, on track for another 110+ point campaign. Nashville’s dealt with serious injury issues, overcoming the loss of Arvidsson and Forsberg to maintain momentum in the standings. The Jets have fought inconsistency and a concussion to top defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, relying on the prodigious goal scoring of Patrik Laine to survive rough patches during early season competition.
Both clubs remain top candidates to represent the western conference at the Stanley Cup finals in 2019, despite vastly different playing styles. Nashville features one of deepest bluelines in the league, relying on strong puck movement and breakout plays from defenseman. Winnipeg’s forwards are among the best groups in the league, with coach Paul Maurice implementing a fantastic mix of speed and size to unleash an aggressive attack.
Nashville forwards, when lead by a healthy Forsberg, Arvidsson and Johansen, can be just as dangerous as the Jets. Secondary scorers include Kyle Turris, Kevin Fiala and Craig Smith, underrated depth forwards. When Byfuglien’s healthy, the Jets defenders match up well against any competition, with Trouba, Morrisey and Myers forming a superb top foursome.