For Second Time In Three Years, Preds Win The West

Sunday, April 7, 2019 7:59 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 7:59 PM UTC

After winning the Central Division for the second consecutive season, can the Nashville Predators win the West for the second time in three seasons?

<p>As we continue our 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs previews and predictions, we look at the wild, wild Western Conference. Here are the latest odds on who will come out of the West and play for the Stanley Cup courtesy of <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">BetOnline</a>:</p><ul> <li>Calgary Flames +350</li> <li>Nashville Predators +450</li> <li>Winnipeg Jets +500</li> <li>San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights +600</li> <li>Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche +1200</li></ul><p> </p><p>Yours truly has been gung-ho on the Nashville Predators since before the 2018-19 season began and I'm not going to backtrack now folks. David Poile and George McPhee are the best general managers in the NHL without a Stanley Cup. McPhee came close in the amazing maiden voyage for the Vegas Golden Knights last season and his team is a legit dark horse this spring, but the Preds are back to finish what they started two seasons ago when they lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.</p><p>The trade deadline acquisitions of Wayne Simmonds and Mikael Granlund have brought more depth and scoring; P.K. Subban is ready to walk the talk even more than he already does and Pekka Rinne is going to shake off the ghosts of playoff past. Nashville will also benefit from the team that ousted them last spring, the Winnipeg Jets, playing the upstart St. Louis Blues in the first round.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ad&lt;/a&gt; Rolling into the playoffs like...&lt;br /&gt;.&lt;br /&gt;.&lt;br /&gt;.&lt;br /&gt;2018 Lincoln Black Label Model shown. Available at participating Lincoln Black Label Dealers only. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@LincolnMotorCo&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;7 de abril de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>There's a solid chance the Blues (+600), one of the hottest teams in the NHL since January 1, when they were dead last in the NHL, <a href="" target="_blank" title="More NHL Picks">could be the dark horse team out of the West</a>.</p><p>However, the read here is that the Predators, having tasted the Final two seasons ago and then having it stripped away from them in the second round last season, will apply lessons learned and return to the Stanley Cup Final.</p><p>If you're looking to take a real longshot in the West, <a href="" target="_blank" title="Live NHL Odds Board">take the Colorado Avalanche at +1200</a>. When healthy, they have one of the best lines in hockey with Gabriel Landeskog-Nathan MacKinnon-Mikko Rantanen and the goaltending tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Philipp Grubauer has been solid down the stretch.</p><p style="text-align:center"><br /><a href="" target="_blank" title="Stanley Cup And Conference Predictions: Bruins Beasts Of The East"><strong>Also read our article on Eastern Conference Predictions</strong></a></p>
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