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Predators among the Stanley Cup favorites for next season?


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With the playoffs wrapping up, the Predators are poised to continue their previous success next season. After tasting Stanley Cup Final action just a season ago, the 2017 Western Conference champions look determined to take the franchise to the next level and claim the Cup for the first time in their 20-plus year history.

Fans who engage with live betting on sport.netbet.co.uk, especially those that are currently placing bets through the NetBet World Cup 2018 Betting platform, will find that the Predators are among the teams setting the pace in the Western Conference, and there are good reasons to favor the Predators right now if you’re handicapping the Stanley Cup.

Form

They are hitting form and the Predators have been tearing it up since the start of 2017. Nashville had run up a ten-game winning streak last season, setting a record for the season. No team has shown the level of consistent form that the Predators have shown over the past handful of seasons.

Pekka Rinne

After his heroics in the Stanley Cup Final, Predators fans may have feared that veteran Pekka Rinne couldn’t repeat as he aged. But in fact, Rinne has been even better last season, and is hitting top form at just the right time. Only Andrei Vasilevkiy offered any type of challenge for Rinne, who will likely win the Vezina Trophy this offseason. The Finn is in the form of his life and is a key factor in the team’s success.

Roster depth

Two seasons ago the Predators came close to toppling the Penguins despite not being able to call on Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala and this time the roster is even deeper. Coach Laviolette has an astonishing wealth of talent at his disposal, with play-off caliber starters like Nick BoninoKyle TurrisRyan EllisScott Hartnell and Austin Watson, this abundance of top quality players means that no matter what other teams throw at them, Nashville will be able to cope.

Good on the road

It can be a mistake to read too much into regular season standings. After all, the Predators were ranked dead last the year they went to the Cup final. But the fact that Nashville is one of only three teams with 20 wins on the road and at home last season is a sign of how strong they are, both in the net and in their roster. The Stanley Cup Final campaign was built on an incredible atmosphere at Bridgestone Arena, but the Predators have been almost as strong in their road games, a quality that will make them even tougher play-off opponents.

Two years ago was special for Predators fans but this time around they are expecting more. Their net minder is red-hot, the roster is deep and balanced, and no team is in better form.