Jets' Connor Hellebuyck playing his best going into Knights series

Posted May 13, 2018

As expected, Fleury will start Game 1 against the Jets on the road Saturday to open the Western Conference finals, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "The lowest fares are always the first to be purchased, especially with Games 3 and 4 in Las Vegas just before the long weekend", said an Air Canada spokesperson. Winnipeg is -145 on the money line at home, meaning you would need to risk $145 to win $100, while Vegas is +125 (risk $100 to win $125). After originally opening at -130 over and +110 under, those lines have shifted.

Hopefully, for the players that want to play and baseball fans, the Islanders can regroup this year and get back at it next year. Staying out of the box is probably the main thing so we don't give them too many opportunities on the power play. This year, the team's 36-11 SU at home. Of note, the Golden Knights boast the leagues number one penalty kill during the post season (85 percent).

Crucial to the Golden Knights success will be how well Fleury and Co. are able to contain Winnipeg's top unit of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor. Smith is tied for the team lead in playoff points with center Jonathan Marchessault, who has four goals and seven assists. The old Jets last played a Game 7 in 1992, losing to Vancouver before bolting for Phoenix to become the Coyotes four years later. "The Jets can apply exhausting pressure in the neutral and offensive zones".

On paper, the Golden Knights have the advantage. The difference between the Golden Knights and their counterparts?

5 - Head coach Gerard Gallant, who was sacked by the Florida Panthers in 2016, is viewed as a near-lock for the Jack Adams Award thanks to using an up-tempo system that has Vegas ranked in the top half of the league in goals (3.27), power play proficiency (21.4%), goals-against, (2.74), and penalty kill proficiency (81.4%). That game was over with San Jose, I don't know, 12 minutes into it. Strong said he paid close to $900 total for their round trips, leaving from Grand Forks, N.D. on Friday morning to arrive in Vegas in time for the evening game.

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3 - Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, set career bests in goals-against average (2.24) and save percentage (.927) in the regular season. Fleury is averaging 28.6 saves per game and owns a 37-19-5 record.

The over has hit in three of Winnipeg's last five outings. The P.E.I. native has gotten the most out of a group that was beset by injuries (using four goalies in a seven-game stretch) and lacks a true superstar.

The high slot is a very different story for Vegas, an area of the ice they dominated all regular season and continue to in the playoffs to an even greater degree.

Game 1 of the series will take place Saturday night.

"We've been prepared well and done a good job of fixing the things we have to fix in a loss and throwing it away and starting fresh", said centre Paul Stastny, the Jets' most experienced Game 7 participant with three under his belt.