Western Conference Final Preview: Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets

Mae Harvey
May 12, 2018

The Jets and Knights are similar in the way they play, with Vegas winning two of the three regular-season games between the teams.

The and Vegas Golden Knights were favored to win their second-round matchups. "Sometimes like it feels like you're thinking too much about how much you should practise before the game, every morning, and being fine for games if I don't skate every day".

As the Jets looked into bolstering their depth at centre, Brassard was on the Jets' radar and a solid offer was believed to have been made to the Ottawa Senators, but the Golden Knights became the third team in the complicated deal that sent the centre to the Pittsburgh Penguins instead.

With the series tied 4-4, the Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets face off at Bell MTS Place in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Perhaps protecting an additional defenseman or forward wouldn't be the worst thing to happen, but altering the rules so a future team finishes 21-51-10 in their first season because their roster is a joke would not be a great thing either. Eliminated Minnesota in five, Nashville in seven. Later, as Alex Ovechkin turned the Capitals into a perennial contender, his teams were dogged by the notion that their path to the playoffs was a cakewalk through overmatched division "rivals".

Winnipeg's top line of Kyle Connor-Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler has meshed so well all season and is an extremely unsafe trio. The further Vegas moves into the playoffs, the more articles are coming out bashing how "unfair" the expansion draft was to these GMs. The next-closest in goals for the Jets is center Paul Stastny, who has accounted for six goals and eight assists.

The Jets have an extremely talented second line, led by 44-goal scorer Patrik Laine.

Stastny sealed the victory with his sixth goal this postseason on the Jets' lone power play at 11:59.

"We played our best games under adversity". That's even better than their regular season tally of 22-14-5 on the road.

Hockey fans across Manitoba are being encouraged to support the team by boarding a flight to Las Vegas, Nevada for the start of the semifinals. Their combination of shooting (7.69) and save percentages (96.51) is a playoff-best 104.2. Regular-season scoring leader William Karlsson has four goals, six assists ... The Carolina Panthers went 7-9 in 1995 for the NFL's best mark, while the 1994 Florida Panthers previously held the NHL's best expansion record at 33-34-17. The series will be unique at least for the reason that just seven years ago, both clubs have not played in the National Hockey League. Despite playing the fewest games, Vegas leads the playoffs with 204 blocked shots and 106 takeaways and has the lowest giveaway total (83). Both have ended up being two of Vegas' best players and National Hockey League circles are now saying it's unfair because the salary cap forced Florida to move Smith. McNabb's average of 4.9 hits is tops among surviving teams. During Fleury's absence, Malcolm Subban, Maxime Lagace and Oscar Dansk were 16-8-1, prompting McPhee to anoint Prior as one of the league's top goalie coaches.

It's only fair and right that it comes down to game 7 in "Smashville", so let's hope the Jets rebound from their dismal performance in game 6 and keep the "Whiteout" crowd alive.

In the second, the Jets simply dominated keeping the puck in the offensive zone and outshot Nashville 6-2.

However, since taking over for Phillipe Grubauer in Game 3 of the first round, Brayden Holtby has been nothing short of spectacular, reclaiming his rightful spot in Washington's creases.

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