The Winnipeg Jets have proven to be one of the most resilient teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In their last series against the Nashville Predators they had the chance to clinch on their home ice in game six. But in that game the Jets fell flat and lost 4-0. That forced them to travel down to Nashville for a seventh and deciding game against the defending Western Conference champions. Winnipeg prevailed for the biggest and most important win in team history. Now that resiliency will be needed yet again. After a dominant 4-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights to open the Western Conference Final they lost the next two games.
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Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game 4
Date and Time: Friday, May 18, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Jets vs. Golden Knights TV Coverage: NBCSN
Vegas leads this best of seven Western Conference Final two games to one. With a win in game four they will have a chance to clinch the series at Winnipeg on Sunday night. If the Jets can win this fourth game they will even the series and convert it to a virtual best of three affair with games five and seven if necessary at Winnipeg.
A Fleury of Success
Vegas rebounded well after that game one loss at Winnipeg, which may have caught them off guard. Game two on the Jets home ice went to the Golden Knights 3-1 with Marc Andre Fleury stopping 30 out of 31 shots. The Golden Knights won game three by a score of 4-2 as Fleury stopped 33 out of 35 shots. So far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Fleury has posted a .945 save percentage with four shutouts and a 1.70 goals against average with a record of 10-3. Fleury was the starting goaltender for the 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and backed up two more Cup wins in 2016 and 2017.
What Jets Need for Takeoff
Winnipeg may be running on fumes as they had to start this series at home just two nights after winning the previous round at Nashville. A lot of extra travel took place in that previous series and it could be catching up to the Jets. Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck must play better for Winnipeg. His save percentage is a solid .922 in the post season but he has been the lesser in his matchup with the Golden Knights Fleury in the last two games.
Players to Watch
For Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele has emerged as a star with 14 goals and six assists with a plus six in the post season. Right winger Blake Wheeler has also been a major contributor for the Jets with three goals and a team best 17 assists with a plus two. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien may be key however. The Winnipeg captain has five goals with 10 assists and a plus three with a much needed physical presence on the backend.
For Vegas center Jonathan Marchessault has the hot hand. He scored the first goal in game three less than a minute after the opening puck drop. He added the clinching empty netter at the end of third to seal the deal. Marchessault has eight goals with nine assists and a plus 11.
Jets vs. Golden Knights Free Picks
The betting public is likely to be caught up in the hype and hysteria of Vegas and their incredible first year success. They will also point to the Golden Knights having home ice advantage. This makes for a very capable and deep Winnipeg team offering enhanced contrarian betting value.
Jets vs. Golden Knights Pick: Bet the Winnipeg Jets money line
Jets vs. Golden Knights Score Prediction: Jets 4, Golden Knights 2
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