The Vegas Golden Knights have had six days off to rest, relax, and keep toned up for their Western Conference Final series against the Winnipeg Jets. Vegas dispatched of the San Jose Sharks in six games and has been off since clinching on Sunday night. The Winnipeg Jets could not be in a more opposite position as they are coming off a Thursday night 5-1 game seven win at Nashville against the Predators. Unlike the Golden Knights the Jets must quickly recover from that pressure cooker and all of the extra travel that came with that series. Winnipeg hosts Vegas on game one Saturday night.
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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Golden Knights Game One
Date and Time: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
NHL Odds at Betcris: Golden Knights +1 ½ -230, Jets -1 ½ +190, Over/Under 5 ½, Golden Knights +120, Jets -140
Golden Knights vs. Jets TV Coverage: NBC
Vegas defeated the Los Angeles Kings in a four-game sweep to begin the post season before eliminating the San Jose Sharks in six games to clinch their second round series.
Winnipeg began the playoffs with a five-game series win over the Minnesota Wild before their epic seven game series victory over the Nashville Predators.
Winnipeg defenseman Dmitry Kulikov is out indefinitely with a back injury.
For Vegas left wing William Carrier is questionable with an upper body injury.
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Players to Watch
Vegas goaltender Marc Andre Fleury has an insane save percentage of .951 with four shutouts in the playoffs. That is an impossible number to maintain.
Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien offers a presence that Vegas lacks. He is the impact blue liner needed for post season success.
Vegas ranked 11th in the NHL for power play efficiency and tenth for penalty killing in the regular season. In the playoffs they rank tenth for the power play and in impressive second for penalty killing.
Winnipeg ranks fifth in the NHL playoffs for power play efficiency while ranking 11th for penalty killing. In the regular season the Jets ranked fifth for the power play while ranking ninth for penalty killing.
In the regular season the Jets were the second highest scoring team in the NHL while ranking fifth for goals against. The Jets rank second in the NHL playoffs for goal scoring while ranking third for goals against. Winnipeg has been the third most profitable team in the post season so far. In the regular season the Jets made the most money of any team on the board in the NHL.
Vegas ranked fifth in the NHL for goal scoring during the regular season while ranking eighth for goals against. Vegas has allowed the fewest goals per game so far in the playoffs while ranking ninth for goal scoring. The Golden Knights have been the biggest money maker on the board during post season. Vegas was the second most profitable team on the NHL betting board this year.
Golden Knight vs. Jets Free Picks
Vegas is likely got get a stark reality check in this game against Winnipeg. Few teams in any sport can offer a better home advantage than the Jets. In a sport in which few get intimidated NHL players call the atmosphere at Bell MTS Place as “intimidating.” Not only is it one of the loudest venues in sports but the fans are clever with cutting chants while all dressed in white. Beyond that the Jets are a definite step up in class as an opponent for the Golden Knights compared to the Los Angeles Kings or San Jose Sharks.
Golden Knights vs. Jets Pick: Bet the money line on the Winnipeg Jets
Golden Knight vs. Jets Score Prediction: Jets 4, Golden Knights 2