== MATCH INFO ==
Event : NHL playoffs Round 2 Game 1,2018
Team : Winnipeg Jets vs Nashville Predators
Date : Friday, April 27, 2018
Time : 8:00 PM ET
This is the series every hockey fan was waiting for, and though many would rather it happen in the Western Conference final, the NHL’s top two regular season teams are expected to make what is usually the blandest round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs among the most exciting.
These teams, basically, can play you any sort of way. They can be physical, but also bring a load of speed — Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler is what a modern power forward should look and play like. They can also come at you with waves of offence, or shut you down with their great systems and blue lines — Nashville and Winnipeg were two of the four teams who allowed an average of less than 30 shots a game in Round 1.
And in goal, even though Pekka Rinne is the odds-on favourite to win the Vezina Trophy, the Preds don’t have much, if any, edge at the position as the Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck was a finalist for the award and earned two shutouts in Games 4 and 5 to close out the Minnesota Wild.
The Jets are undoubtedly a team on the rise, but Nashville has been here before and as the reigning Western Conference champions, how much will that experience help them? We take a closer look at this epic Round 2 battle.