Golden Knights vs. Jets: Game 1 prediction

Gallant Gallant On Playoff Schedule			Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant goes over the playoff schedule ahead for the Knights

Gallant Gallant On Playoff Schedule Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant goes over the playoff schedule ahead for the Knights

"No, both those teams missed the playoffs". "No one likes to lose, no one likes to be around guys when you're losing".

Now they know that winning the Presidents' Trophy is no guarantee of winning on home ice when it matters most.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets have both had an improbable run to the Western Conference Finals.

"You'll get some good-natured heckling, but at the end of the day, we love our hockey, but we're known as "friendly Manitoba" and you'll see it come through if you come pop up for a visit". The Jets are doing what no version of the club has ever done before, while the Golden Knights are doing the exact opposite of what's expected of expansion teams.

The Golden Knights defeated a very good San Jose Sharks' team in Round 2.

The biggest issue for Seattle is that it wasn't the expansion draft rules that gave the Golden Knights such a strong team, but a handful of NHL GMs that misjudged their own talent.

Just how far they go will depend largely on the pads of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup victor with Pittsburgh.

This difference with Winnipeg over the Kings or Sharks is the Jets can score in more ways and are loaded with sharp shooters.which is hugely important when it comes to beating Fleury.The Jets take shots from further out.that is also the key to beating MAF. Winnipeg's top line of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler scored a combined 208 points in the regular season. When you add in Patrik Laine-Paul Stastny-Nikolaj Ehlers on the second line, you have a potent top-six group.

It's almost impossible to get this far in the playoffs without top-notch goaltending and that's precisely what Fleury has provided. "He just looked so calm".

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The Golden Knights may have the advantage of rested legs, but they also will catch a unsafe Jets team that could still be fueled by momentum from Thursday's win. And since those playoffs, no goaltender has been able to maintain a better SP across an entire post-season.

Vegas is a great team, there is no way around that.

Winnipeg is averaging 3.4 goals per game in its past five games (the team's a flawless 0-0 SU during that span). For me, they beat out Vegas, slightly, in nearly every category.

A Winnipeg sports marketer and events producer is also arranging chartered planes to fly fans to the games.

Finally, Alexander Ovechkin is going to the conference final. "They're ready to go and they know what their game is like when they're having success". Trivia time, name those two other teams? The Jets will play the Knights games 3 and 4 Wednesday and Friday at the T-Mobile Arena.

The best team doesn't always win, however.

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck makes a stop against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

This Capitals team has that "it" factor to it. Good, surely, but not necessarily the kind of standout statistics that would lead one to believe he was going to take his game to this level this season. Holtby is locked in and playing great.

Prediction: Washington in seven games.

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