Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

NHL Western Conference final preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights

NHL Western Conference final preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Thursday's win moved the Jets on to the Western Conference final against the Vegas Golden Knights, which begins Saturday night in Winnipeg. In their two regular-season meetings in Winnipeg, the Knights went 1-1, winning the last game on February 1 in overtime. The final four were all among the top six teams in the National Hockey League in the regular season. "They had 109 points".

"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. Also defending for the Predators is Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland. The Golden Knights do have the ability to rally late, winning six games this season when trailing entering the final period - fourth best in the National Hockey League.

Grabbing the win was Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 36 of the 37 shots that he faced to improve to 8-4 with a 2.25 GAA and a.927 save percentage in this his first season of playoff action.

Speaking at a company analyst event Thursday, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said he expects the National Basketball Association to come to Las Vegas in a few years.

That said, if we were to seek a single snub, one netminder whose candidacy for the Vezina was arguably as strong as those of his counterparts, Marc-Andre Fleury would fit the bill. "Against the best team in the league", he told The Winnipeg Sun. And he's on the second line.

Winnipeg is averaging 3.4 goals per game in its past five games (the team's a flawless 0-0 SU during that span). They have goal-scoring ability on all four lines, and this game will be no different. In contrast, Penguins goalie Matt Murray has a 2.48 goals-against average and.906 save percentage but has had four starts already in the playoffs where his save percentage was less than.900. Linemates Jonathan Marchessault (75 points) and Reilly Smith (60 points) complete one of the best lines in the National Hockey League. He has blocked 24 shots overall, second on team to Brayden McNabb's 31 ...

The unbelievable Cinderella story of the Vegas Golden Knights continues to add additional chapters to their magical story and none of their players seem to shy away from the approaching "midnight" hour.

The '78 Jets not only steamrolled through their season, winning the AVCO Cup in four straight games over Gordie Howe and the New England Whalers, they also became the first North American team to defeat the mighty Soviet national team, without a doubt the strongest team in the world at the time, when they won 5-3 on January 5, 1978, at Winnipeg Arena.

"There are very few teams I thought about waiving my no-trade clause for but Winnipeg was one of them", Stastny said. Vegas had a long layoff after the first round and beat the Sharks 7-0 in Game 1 of the next series. His best moment came against the San Joe Sharks when he scored the overtime victor in Game 3 of the second round. 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. Vegas may be approaching this run with the bright-eyed innocence of an expansion team, but the other three franchises still standing know not to take a moment in the postseason spotlight for granted.

Winnipeg is 4-2 on the road in the playoffs after splitting a pair in Minnesota in its opening-round series against the Wild.

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