Can the Winnipeg Jets do it? The Canadian side have three games in hand on the Nashville Predators ahead of this clash and a win for the hosts will put them firmly in control of the Central Division title race. With so much hope and expectation, it is an exciting time to be a Jets fan and punters will fancy Winnipeg to go on and challenge for the Stanley Cup.
The Jets have lost six of their last 10 National Hockey League games, including each of their previous three home fixtures. Winnipeg have failed to inspire confidence in recent weeks but you’d fancy the Jets to turn things around. This roster is far too talented to keep on falling short – a serious push for Stanley Cup glory beckons.
Nashville will fancy their chances of taking full advantage of Winnipeg’s recent struggles and victory for the Predators could swing the Central Division pendulum back in their favour. On paper, Nashville are one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference but that doesn’t always mean success on the ice.
Defensively, the Predators have a much stronger unit than that of the Jets but Winnipeg are scoring at a rate of knots. Just five teams have more offensive goals than the Jets this year and that bodes well for the Canadian side ahead of the playoffs. Nashville will want to keep this one low-scoring to stand any chance of nicking a positive result.
It is very difficult to split the two teams, with both Nashville and Winnipeg winning five of the last 10 meetings between the two Central Division rivals. This could be another edge-of-the-seat thriller and Canadian fans will be keeping a very close eye on the action. A win for Winnipeg should be enough to assert dominance for the Jets in the divisional title race.
Due Date: 1 March, 2019
Jets Can Claim First Division Title In 2018/19
Winnipeg improved significantly last year, finishing second in the division and second in the Western Conference behind the Predators. This time around, the Jets could flip the table – which would mark a first Central crown since the team was formed eight years ago.
Now 10/1 in 888Sport’s NHL betting odds, the Jets can take their game to new heights this year. Winnipeg may be inexperienced but that lack of Stanley Cup knowledge didn’t exactly hinder the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017/18. A deep playoff run beckons…
Blake Wheeler (73) and Mark Scheifele (69) are both averaging over one point per game; an incredible feat. To have one player scoring so highly is positive for the team but to have two players performing at such a high rate is something else. Keep an eye on Winnipeg’s main men here.
Write Predators Off At Your Peril
It has definitely been more about the collective than the sum of its parts for Nashville this year – picking a standout player is difficult. Everyone has contributed and that is one of the main reasons why the Predators remain top of the Central Division.
Punters may fancy the 13/10 with Betway for Nashville to pip Winnipeg to the Central title this year. Given the Jets’ history, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if the Canadian outfit end up crumbling in the coming weeks. Another defeat here may have a major impact on their mental state.
Backing the Jets makes sense ahead of this clash. This is their chance to seize control of the Central Division and Winnipeg fans will be expecting big things – both here and in context of the 2018/19 campaign.
TIP: Winnipeg Jets to win
CORRECT SCORE: Winnipeg Jets 4-2 Nashville Predators