Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Nashville Predators

Believe the Hype: Preds Set to Face Jets

Nashville Ready to Take On Winnipeg in First Meeting Since 2018 Postseason

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Will we media types hype up Thursday's game between the Predators and Jets - the first meeting between the two since a seven-game series last spring - more so than those who actually lace up the skates?

Probably. But even so, the first rematch after two powerhouses duke it out in postseason play is bound to carry a little something extra with it.

For both clubs, it's a chance to relive what went down last May, and it's also the first of what are bound to be four hotly-contested, skill-filled skirmishes over the coming months.

As they did a year ago - with the Preds ultimately finishing just three points ahead of the Jets for the top spot in the NHL - those contests may very well go a long way when it comes to determining the victors of the Central Division, and then some.

"The games against them are always tough, they're physical and they're fast," Predators Captain Roman Josi said of facing the Jets. "You saw it last year, and not just in the playoffs, in the regular season, too. They're always good games, fast-paced games, so it's always a lot of fun playing them."

Fun is one way to describe the rivalry that has blossomed over the past couple of seasons as both clubs have established themselves as perennial contenders in the West. Just recall a get-together on Feb. 27, 2018 in Winnipeg.

On that particular occasion, the teams traded leads until the Preds roared back to tickle the twine three times the third period - including the winner from Ryan Hartman with just over a minute to play in regulation - to conclude what many called the best regular-season game of the previous campaign.

While not every one of their meetings are guaranteed to be an instant classic, there's a better chance than most nights in the NHL to see something special when these two get together.

Both the Preds and Jets are 2-1-0 on the young season, finding their way early on, as almost every team does. But, if there was any way for Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette and Winnipeg bench boss Paul Maurice to get a gauge on what they've got in their respective rooms, Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena might reveal just that.

As has been uttered many times before, the NHL season is a marathon, not a sprint. Six months, 82 games, highs and lows for just about every occasion - it's all part of it. So are these matchups, the rivalry games that make the blood pressure rise just a tad higher.

Too much buildup? Maybe.

But, it's Preds and Jets. And on a Thursday night in October, that's about as good as it can get.

"It'll probably get hyped up more just because of what happened last year, and I think that's just the way things go from previous years when teams come back and they reconnect the next year," Laviolette said. "There's always a more of a hot button to it, but at the end of the day it's a new season. They're a good hockey team, we're trying to be a good hockey team and it should be a good game."

View More