Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Jets, Golden Knights ride hot goalies into Western finals

Jets, Golden Knights ride hot goalies into Western finals

"A year in a goalie's life makes such a big difference". Scheifele is the Jets' leading scorer with nine goals and five assists in 11 games. When they meet starting Saturday night in Winnipeg in the Western Conference final, it will be a matchup between a team that missed the playoffs past year and one that didn't even play. Winnipeg is a deeper team, has a better powerplay and has more star power that can take over a game. "They had 109 points". Byfuglien's 18 penalty minutes are the most among surviving players ...

Elsewhere on Thursday night, the Winnipeg Jets (-145) are favored against the Nashville Predators (+125), also with a 6.0-goal total in Game 4 of their second-round series. "He didn't let us down", captain Roman Josi said of Rinne. The Golden Knights do have the ability to rally late, winning six games this season when trailing entering the final period - fourth best in the National Hockey League.

Just how far they go will depend largely on the pads of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup victor with Pittsburgh.

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. "Maybe one technical thing that's changed, but for the most part of it, it was just about getting ready, the mental aspect of it", said Fleury.

"You'll get some good-natured heckling, but at the end of the day, we love our hockey, but we're known as "friendly Manitoba" and you'll see it come through if you come pop up for a visit". Speaking of Scheifele, he has been incredible this post season leading all National Hockey League goal scorers with 11, and also chipping in with five assists.

Vegas will have to find ways to keep Mark Scheifele off the board. The airline announced today it's adding two special nonstop flights between Winnipeg and Las Vegas on May 17 and May 20.

Local fans will get a bit of a break as the start times in Vegas will be moved up to where one game starts at 9 p.m., P.E.I. time, and the other two at 10 p.m. As the visiting team, the Golden Knights are 26-20 SU. "This time of year, a hot goaltender can carry a team a long way", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said.

The Jets were dealt a much tougher second-round opponent than the Golden Knights, and as a result their scoring chance numbers aren't as strong. The final four were all among the top six teams in the National Hockey League in the regular season. It will be interesting to see how the Golden Knights respond to starting off a series on the road. They went on to win the Pacific Division and then took out the Kings in four games before knocking off the Sharks in six. In the playoffs, the 25-year-old has continued his outstanding play through 10 games, recording four goals and six assists.

The Golden Knights have been resting for nearly a week, after their six game elimination of the San Jose Sharks in round two.

Winnipeg is 4-2 on the road in the playoffs after splitting a pair in Minnesota in its opening-round series against the Wild.

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