Jets ready for Golden Knights in Game 1 of Western Final

Tyler Owen
May 12, 2018

Won season series with Jets, 2-1-0 ... Vegas has lost only once on the road in the postseason.

It's nearly fantastic that the Jets have come this far with their three top goal scorers combining for just five goals in 12 games, but when you have players like Scheifele, Stastny and Wheeler stepping up they way they did, the pressure is off the youngsters. "But that's a hard thing to do, to get out on the play well in here as consistently as we did, it's impressive". In a league that's filled with overcoaching and conservatism, he's stripped things down and allowed his team to play a read-and-react style reminiscent of how you used to play in the backyard with your friends growing up.

"It is a quick turnaround", Hellebuyck said Thursday night. "Often times a lot of things in your game you develop in practice".

Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Thursday night in their first Game 7 - continuing an unbelievable run for a team swept in its previous two playoff appearances.

"WestJet is thrilled to support the Winnipeg hockey community and our WestJetters in their love of Canada's game", said John Weatherill, WestJet Vice President, Pricing and Revenue Management and Chief Winnipeg Hockey Fan. "We took a step back". "That's what you worry about with a young team".

Marc-Andre Fleury is playing the best hockey of his career at the age of 33, and he's already a front-runner for the Conn Smythe should Vegas triumph over the Jets.

Vegas has faced good teams so far in both the Kings and the Sharks, but they haven't faced anyone almost as dynamic or complete as the Jets so far.

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The Jets beat the Preds in their fourth game at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and the seventh game of Round 2 of the National Hockey League playoffs. "We can't take those kinds of penalties".

"I think it's really the driving force within the group that there's so much more to give, and so much more the players want to give for themselves and the fans", Cheveldayoff said.

Vegas also boasts two potent lines but is capable of rolling four unsafe lines to balance the scoring across 12 forwards. While Pavelski's line was technically the de facto top unit on paper, there's a very viable case to be made that the line featuring Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl was the more unsafe of the two based on how they were playing. It hit a home run with a lot of its picks, identifying players like William Karlson and Jonathan Marchessault who were due to break out given larger roles. "I don't know much about the stories that go around", said Cheveldayoff. "They're great players, they're going to get their chances". The Knights won the matchup in those minutes, out-attempting the Kings 56-51, outshooting them 28-25, and outscoring them 2-1. "So, we can expect more of that". "I read a quote that said he doesn't even count assists".

"That's a solid win, great game".

GOALTENDING: The Knights have a Cup champion in Marc-Andre Fleury, who leads all playoff goalies with a paltry 1.53 GAA and incredible.951 save percentage. 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.

Seattle's Oak View Group and their prospective National Hockey League ownership group, led by billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer, paid an estimated $650 million expansion fee to the National Hockey League, up from Vegas's $500 million, and will expect to be treated as well as the Golden Knights, starting with the expansion draft. However, we all know the playoffs come down to a hot goalie.

The Winnipeg Jets will host the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday in game one of a Western Conference final that nobody would have predicted at the start of the season. I prefer them to the Lightning.

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