Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets, 5-12-2018 - Prediction & Preview


No one drew up a conference finals matchup with Vegas and Winnipeg. By picking a franchise goaltender, they knew their team would be watchable. Either way, both buildings in the series are expected to have a major impact, so the pressure of holding serve in the home games will be crucial.

They're contributing in various ways, including with secondary scoring and a freedom from the past playoff failures that became a burden for Capitals veterans. They went on to win the Pacific Division and then took out the Kings in four games before knocking off the Sharks in six.

According to oddsmakers, the Jets are a -145 favorite to win on the moneyline. "We play with confidence in here, and obviously, you know, you want to protect your home ice and get off to a good start in the series".

Brad Hunt burst into the Golden Knights' locker room after Tuesday's practice and started talking about the bothersome itch of his playoff beard.

Over in the Eastern Conference we have Washington finally getting rid of their nemesis, the Penguins, which entitles them to face Tampa Bay. "The two teams we played were very good hockey teams and we were very evenly matched with those teams".

Tenacity, speed, lineup depth and great coaching are the reasons why Vegas is still playing, and the same can be said of the Jets. Vegas had a long layoff after the first round and beat the Sharks 7-0 in Game 1 of the next series. "He plays a 200-foot game".

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On Friday afternoon, Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was asked if he could provide some insight on the speculation but he calmly deflected the query. Finally, it was always going to be about speed.

Hockey's dominant storyline this season has been the expansion Vegas Golden Knights' historic run to the Western Conference Finals. "It's not about personal accomplishments in the playoffs".

The Winnipeg Jets were the hottest team down the stretch of the regular season as they won 11 of their final 12 games and then they went on to have a rather easy time against the Wild as they took them out in five games.

"It's only round 2". "Remember the year prior in Florida, the wonderful job he did with that team".

5 - Head coach Gerard Gallant, who was sacked by the Florida Panthers in 2016, is viewed as a near-lock for the Jack Adams Award thanks to using an up-tempo system that has Vegas ranked in the top half of the league in goals (3.27), power play proficiency (21.4%), goals-against, (2.74), and penalty kill proficiency (81.4%).

McCrimmon returned the favour on Thursday night.

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"We've been here in this situation before", Stamkos said. The Jets have gone 36-11 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.74 gpg and have allowed 2.43 gpg in those games.

Asked about grabbing Jets centre Paul Stastny at the trade deadline, Cheveldayoff said he put his due diligence in and hasn't been surprised with how well it turned out.

"The telling stat for me in this series is we played four games in (Nashville) and never lost in regulation (time)". "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". It was pretty reasonable to do so with how expansion teams had gone in the past. Everybody is going to be focused.

But Maurice certainly has a great deal of respect for the job Gallant has done.

"Figuring out a way to enjoy it, and I'm not talking casually enjoying it, but bringing that enjoyment into the intensity of your game, is what I thought we did very well in Game 7".

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