The old Jets last played a Game 7 in 1992, losing to Vancouver before bolting for Phoenix to become the Coyotes four years later. With the Jets having 15 goals in the series' first three games, there has been little sign that Nashville can handle the Jets' speed and tempo. "They had 109 points".
The Capitals were founded in 2001, and play in a 7,000-seat arena to some of the best fan support in the league. Also defending for the Predators is Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland.
Another virtuoso performance by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has the Winnipeg Jets four wins away from a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. Marc-Andre Fleury of the Knights leads all goalies this postseason with a.951 save percentage and 1.53 goals against average. Only twice has he finished inside the top 10 in Vezina voting prior to this season - chances are he'll be top-five this time around - and he had a career average.912 SP and 2.58 GAA. He was knocking pucks in the corner and clearing out the front (Thursday night).
"Every time we scored, my phone, my Instagram, my Facebook messenger, was just ding-ding-ding-ding-ding, people [saying] 'get me on that plane'". And he's on the second line.
Vegas will have to find ways to keep Mark Scheifele off the board. The Jets' second line wasn't far behind, with Laine, Stastny and Nikolaj Ehlers scoring 183 points. "He's such a good guy you sometimes talk more of the person than you do how good of a goalie he is", said veteran Vegas left-winger James Neal.
Vegas also boasts two potent lines but is capable of rolling four risky lines to balance the scoring across 12 forwards.
"When the Golden Knights have won, the sportsbooks have lost", said Grodsky.More news: North Korea Schedules Demolition of Nuclear Test Site
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OFFENCE: Jonathan Marchessault (four goals, seven assists) and Reilly Smith (one goal, 10 assists) lead the attack ... The team supposedly gave him a verbal warning not to do it again but it obviously fell on deaf ears because in the next round against Tampa Bay, he gave Ryan Callahan a real "chin to nose" lick, an extra-long tongue slurp and once again the stunned refs called nothing.
The fantastic 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 final four were all among the top six teams in the National Hockey League in the regular season.
Winnipeg's powerplay was a huge difference maker in the second round series with Nashville, and should be able to wheel against the Golden Knights too.
It'll be interesting to see the level of play from the Winnipeg Jets in the first period of this game Saturday night. That game was over with San Jose, I don't know, 12 minutes into it.
In the playoffs, Rinne was pulled from four games - three against Winnipeg and all in Nashville.
After both teams wrapped up two rounds against divisional opponents, it shouldn't take long to find out what style of game each club wants to play, even though they haven't faced one another since February 1.