Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 5/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

  • Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 5/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights - 5/14/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Jets, meanwhile, have typically been excellent at getting to that area, and boast the highest rate of shots from the inner slot of any remaining team in the playoffs. "(Monday) is definitely a must-win game".

Game 2 is Sunday night, and Cooper expects the Atlantic Division winners to be at their best.

Byfuglien gave the Jets a 1-0 lead 1:05 into the first period, scoring on a slap shot from the point after receiving a drop pass from Scheifele.

"The first five to 10 minutes in this building will be hard", Vegas forward David Perron said.

Blake Wheeler woke up Friday morning feeling a little exhausted, but the Winnipeg Jets captain quickly got energized.

"I mean you have to think they're a bit more exhausted than we are", defenseman Luca Sbisa said.

Fleury had no shot to stop Laine's one-timer from the left circle off Wheeler's cross-ice pass on a power play at the 6:49 mark of the first.

Patrik Laine and Joel Armia had goals 46 seconds apart to put the Jets up 3-0. If the Jets choose to rest him, however, head coach Paul Maurice may turn to Steve Mason (5-9-9 record, .907 save percentage, 3.15 goals against average).

In addition to the heavy hit on Wheeler, Vegas cut the lead to 3-1 when Brayden McNabb put in a shot of his own.

"Just watching them in the playoffs, it's not a fluke", said Wheeler, who has 15 points in 12 games.

Thousands of Jets fans ringed the blocks around Bell MTS Place for whiteout street parties at home games, but some changes have been made for the next series. I don't think there's going to be much of a feeling out process.

The wide-open action continued in the second period, albeit with fewer spins of the red light.

Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele can not be stopped during the playoffs as he has racked up 11 goals along with five assists over 12 games.

While the Jets played at home less than 48 hours after advancing past top-seeded Nashville on the road, the Golden Knights were off for almost a week after eliminating San Jose in the second round. The Kings and Sharks tried crashing the net and got nowhere.

Hellebuyck's save on Engelland at 16:36 of the second period. "In the first period, we want to come out, establish some physicality and go from there".

"We were chasing the game all night". "They're ready to go and they know what their game is like when they're having success".

Even after missing the playoffs previous year when Stamkos was out long term with a knee injury, Tampa Bay has plenty of recent playoff experience from recent runs and the additions of ex-Rangers players Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and J.T. Miller. They created offense when they had to and they had a great power play.

"At the end of the day, it's just a hockey game", Hellebuyck said. And they had a great start. And each one can legitimately believe its team has a chance to win it all. So we were able to maintain the identity.

Vegas will again be without fourth-line bruiser William Carrier who is sitting out the second straight game with an undisclosed injury. What we've done reasonably well is leave the game where it was played, whether it was a win or loss, and moved right on to the next.

Winnipeg is averaging 3.4 goals per game in its past five games (the team's a ideal 0-0 SU during that span).