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


With the Golden Knights advancing to the Western Conference Final and hosting their first home game on Wednesday night, the team had a chance to roll out another one of those insane intros.

"Every time we need a big game as a group, we show up", Marchessault said.

Kyle Connor scored midway through the third period to pull Winnipeg within a goal. It was Marchessault's sixth goal of the playoffs.

ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 17: Nikolaj Ehlers #27 of the Winnipeg Jets controls the puck against Matt Cullen #7 of the Minnesota Wild during the first period in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on April 17, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota.

After losing the series opener, Marchessault told reporters the team faced a must-win game.

"I was having a little fun", Fleury said. "I was late coming there, too, so I tried to get as much body as I could in front of it and get a piece of it".

Game 2 was a different story, as Vegas clamped down on defense and Marc-Andre Fleury turned away Winnipeg's first 26 shots. The last time it dropped consecutive games was a three-game losing streak (0-2-1) from March 10-13.

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Even excluding Manitoba, the Jets remained the favourite button on television remotes in Western Canada with 22 per cent more viewers in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C., watching Winnipeg versus Nashville than the Knights-Sharks series, according to Sportsnet. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or more goals in five of their last nine games.

Vegas controlled the opening 20 minutes, but with Hellebuyck getting better as the period went on, it was just a one-goal game heading into the intermission.

"They came out flying again with a lot of speed", Fleury said.

The Vegas Golden Knights don't deny it: they read and they watch - and that means they know exactly what's being said about them. "We rebounded after that". Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Given the turnovers the Jets had would it not be better to assure zone exists and force Vegas to regroup and come back in rather than give them better opportunities at the Jets blue line or in the offensive zone?

Scheifele amazingly has 11 goals in seven road contests this postseason compared to "just" three in eight home games. The NHL set up the expansion draft so teams couldn't hold onto all of their top players, and the Knights wasted no time in making Fleury the backbone of the new team.

To add to the problems the Golden Knights change there players in one of the most aggressive fashions of any National Hockey League team.