In what could have easily been a Western Conference Finals matchup, the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators clash in the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The two top teams in the NHL during regular season will be the undoubted favourites to represent the West for the Cup, so don’t miss the most anticipated matchup of the postseason.
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In Round 1, the Winnipeg Jets (+600) showed that old time hockey is alive and well. Led by Dustin Byfuglien, the Jets used brute force and sound defensive play to overwhelm the Minnesota Wild offense and dominated in all areas of the ice. This Friday, Winnipeg will kick off their next series against the top team during the regular season.
Though the Nashville Predators (+400) came away victorious over the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 in their quarterfinal matchup, the Aves were a surprising challenge for the heavily favoured Preds. Winnipeg presents new challenges for Nashville and they’ll need more than third liners Colton Sissons and Austin Watson, who led the team in points in the First Round, to show up against the Jets. Game 1 has the Predators as 1.5-goal favourites at home, but anything could change with the drop of the puck.