A monumental 2nd-round matchup
Now to the present time. The Predators are no longer the team that can settle for anything less than competing for Stanley Cups. Their window is wide open with the depth they have on the roster to make it out of the Western Conference again. A massive roadblock stands in their way with the Winnipeg Jets. They’re a tougher opponent than any team the Predators played in last year’s playoffs, outside of Pittsburgh.
Fans have to buckle up and prepare for the possibility of getting eliminated by a very good team. A team that’s fully capable of winning it all. The winner of this series will be eight wins away from winning the Stanley Cup. It’s going to be battle of two great goaltenders, a lot of scoring threats and two distinct home-ice advantages. Luckily, the Predators secured the Presidents’ Trophy to have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
This will be the most fun second-round series we’ve ever seen as Predators fans. The entire league is buzzing about this series and eager for it to start, not just Predators and Jets fans. It has seven games written all over it, and there are so many factors to prepare for. Some games could easily end up being high-scoring, and others might end up being defensive affairs where two goals will be enough to win.
These two divisional foes know each other very well and treated us to some fun regular season games this year. Now we get to see it in playoff form, and I will not be surprised to see multiple games go to overtime. The winner of this series is whichever goaltender is able to contain the other’s offense more. They’re both Vezina Trophy finalists for a reason. Who can rise up on the big stage and propel their team to victory? I’ll take the more battle-tested and experienced Rinne to steal a couple games for the Predators.