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NHL News: Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury make history, Carter Hart stuns the Predators

Those weird, superstitious, juggling creatures who stand in between the net wearing some gear taking 100mph shots on a nightly basis, deserve their own article to kick off the day. It was a great night to be a goalie it seemed like in Thursday nights action. There were 11 games on display and three goalies made headlines for different reasons.

Fleury, Price move up in NHL All-Time Goalies Win List 

Carey Price earned his 300th win in 576th game started in his career. Price now has 300-211-66 in his career with a 2.48 goals against (GAA), .918 save percentage (SV%) and 41 shutouts. Thursday nights win for Price came against the Arizona Coyotes on the road. Price turned away 36 of 37 shots, getting his first win in five days. Price now has a 14-10-4 record, 2.84 GAA, .905 SV % with one shutout.

Marc-Andre Fleury moves to 9th all-time for wins among goalies. Fleury earned his 424th win vs the New York Islanders Thursday night. Fleury is now 13 wins behind Jacques Plante for 8th and 17 behind active New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for 6th all time. Fleury turned away 19 of 21 shots vs the Islanders, making it his 424th of his career but his 20th of the year. Fleury is the first to 20 wins for this seasons, he now has a 20-10-2 record, 2.56 GAA, .907 SV % and five shutouts.

Hart stuns the Predators

Carter Hart the 20-year-old goaltender who was called up just three days ago started in his second career NHL game vs one of the best teams in the NHL and manages to pull out a big win for the Flyers on home ice Thursday night. Hart turned away 31 of 32 shots Thursday night, out performing last seasons Vezina winner and picking up his second career win in his second start. The second round pick in 2016 is seeming to be the savior in Philadelphia can Hart keep it up vs the Blue Jackets Saturday afternoon.

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NHL Vezina trophy discussion; Frederik Anderson & Marc-Andre Fleury lead the way

The Vezina, probably one of the more forgotten trophies in the league and much like the Norris despite the goaltenders impact on a team whoever has the best statistics at the end of the regular season wins usually. Last years winner was Pekka Rinne, who posted 42 wins in 59 starts, a 2.31 goals against (GAA), .927 save percentage, allowed 134 goals against on 1,840 shots and posted 8 shutouts.

This top-four years candidates are as follows…

  1. Frederick Anderson: Yes the Leafs are good, sure it may not be difficult some nights for Anderson but he plays a huge role in why the Leafs are successful this year. Anderson has started in the fourth most games this year (24), has collected wins 16 of those 24 starts (16-8-0 record) posts a 2.50 goals against (1st among goalies with 20+ games started) has a .926 save percentage (1st among goalies with 20+ games started). Anderson sees a lot more time than most starters do, he is in almost every night for the Leafs and of the 30 games the Leafs have played Anderson has not played in six of them, nearly unheard of. He did the same thing last year just not as well, but this year he has come out hot and has not slowed down one bit. The Leafs starter certainly deserves Vezina credit.
  2. Marc Andre Fleury: It was a big discussion last year if Fleury should win it, although he started in fewer games he was a major reason the Golden Knights went as far as they did last year. Fleury had a unforgettable 2017-18 season and even with the Golden Knights starting out a little slow Fleury has still been the back bone to this teams success. Fleury has started in the most games among all goalies (28), has a 2.51 goals against (2nd among all goalies with 20+ starts) and .908 save percentage. Fleury’s save percentage is probably one of the reasons some may look the other way on him, but look at the minutes he is seeing. He has not started in just four Vegas games this season, has seen 5th most shots against and is still producing for Vegas, not mention he is first among all goalies in wins (17) and shutouts (5). Fleury continues this streak and does not miss time it will tough to leave him out of the Vezina talk this year.
  3. John Gibson: A goalie that does not get enough credit for what he does. The Ducks have Ryan Miller sure but Miller does not do what Gibson does. Gibson has started in 25 games this year, 3rd most among all goalies, has a 2.59 GAA, .925 save percentage and has seen the second most shots against this year (832). Gibson has played in all but 7 games for the Ducks and the reason Anaheim is where they are right now is in large part because of Gibson. If he stays healthy he needs to be a nominee at least. His playoff struggles concern some but Vezina is regular season production so that should not be an issue.
  4. Pekka Rinne: It would be tough not to mention last years Vezina winner in this discussion. Although Rinne missed sometime this year he still does have 19 games started not as many as the other three but even in those 19 games, Rinne has posted a 1.96 GAA, .930 save percentage (both lead the league among goalies), and he does have two shutouts in just 19 starts. Sure it is tough to say if Rinne deserves the same recognition as the other three. Even when he was not playing the Predators did fine but Rinne is still a top-tier goalie in the league as he is healthy now he will see a lot more time. He is probably a border line number four right now at this point in the season but come after the All-Star break when we re-address this conversation I would expect him to be within the top-three among Vezina talk.

All You Need To Know About the Stanley Cup Finals: Capitals vs Golden Knights

To start for those that are here just because Vegas has made the Cup during their first year and has been following the Golden Knights narrative, one of the most exciting stories in sports, welcome! For those that are familiar with the NHL and these teams, sorry but the Golden Knights have drawn a ton of traffic and eyes to the NHL so there are some new fans waiting to know the logistics of these teams.

The Golden Knights posted a 51-24-7, 109 points, a top the Pacific division and being crowned the Western Conference champs while posting a 12-3 record in the playoffs thus far. The Capitals posted a 49-26-7, 105 points, a top the Metropolitan division, winning the Eastern Conference championship and posting a 12-7 this playoff run.

First Stanley Cup appearance 

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights winning streak

To start this is the first Stanley Cup in 11 years where two teams are in pursuit of their first ever Stanley Cup. One team has waited 20 years for this, another has waited 11 months. Vegas was officially welcomed to the NHL last off-season before the NHL draft and then the expansion draft began and their team emerged! The Capitals have been around since 1974, appearing in their last Stanley Cup final and their only one in 1997-98 where they got swept by the Detroit Red Wings. The Golden Knights well, they have been around not even a year yet, and have made the Stanley Cup so that is what you need to know in regards to them.

The way the Golden Knights team came about though? We have seen this a few times over the last 20 years, but they are what one would call and expansion team and the last expansion team(s) the NHL welcomed were the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild in 2000. Expect this time around it was done much different, the Golden Knights picked from all other 30 NHL teams based on what the other teams had protected and not protected. From there they chose their roster. The spin to it though a lot of players got picked due to George McPhee the Vegas GM working out deals with teams to receive a player and a pick so Vegas would not select a “good” player from their rosters. Well with that Vegas was able to choose 35 players from these rosters as well as additional draft picks.

Key players for Vegas 

The big names that come out of Vegas this year, well if you have not been watching the most obvious one. Marc Andre Fleury, the goaltender and possible Conn Smythe winner, Jonathan Marchessault Vegas’s pick from Florida as well as Riley Smith who came from Florida in a deal. William Karlsson the forward Vegas selected from Columbus, which they also revived 2 picks from this selection. As well as James Neal the 30-goal scorer from Nashville. Colin Miller the selection from Boston, Deryk Engelland from Calgary. The other players were also selected but these players have made a large impact on the Vegas roster this season and have helped propel this Vegas story further and further each month. William Karlsson tallied 25 points last season to an astonishing 78 this season, Marchessault tallied 75 compared to his 51 points last season, Colin Miller scored 41 points compared to 13 last season, Riley Smith scored 60 points compared to his 37 last season. It is safe to say that Vegas has gave these players a new life of confidence and have made them into some of the best players in the league right now.

Key players for Washington 

The Capitals, the players you need to keep an eye for these guys are Alex Ovechkin, the 7-time Rocket trophy winner, Hall of fame caliber player tallying 1,002 points in his career and also a possible Conn-Smythe NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2018candidate this playoffs. Ovechkin draws the most attention to fans due to his off-ice personality and on-ice goal scoring and screaming. Ovi has been in the league for 13 years now reaching his first Stanley Cup. Braden Holtby the one-time Vezina trophy and William M. Jennings trophy winner, and back bone to this Capitals defensive end has been on quite the run as of late. Coming into the playoffs and essentially this whole year as not a starter the 28-year-old, 8-time veteran makes his first appearance as well. Nicolas Backstrom who has been battling an injury, but when in the line up has certainly helped Washington in key situations, as he has tallied 519 assists in 799 career regular season games, Backstrom has been a key piece to this Capitals roster for several years now. The new and emerging power forward Evgeny Kuznestov, Ovechkin’s Russian teammate and line mate has shattered some records this year being the youngest player to score 24 points in a playoff run since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in 2010. Kuznetsov had a career year this season and has emerged as a threat to all defenseman with his recent play this season and last season.

John Carlson the glue to this back end and a player who has put his name on the board with some of the best defenseman in the game today. Carlson has tallied 16 points in 19 games along with 10 power play points. Carlson is a player you will not miss especially due to his 6’3 stature. Finally and not last but for now at least, TJ Oshie the player they acquired from St. Louis in 2014-15 and who they recently just signed to a lucrative deal has been a key piece in their top six, holding the second line together and being a great, two-way forward. Oshie has tallied 15 points in 19 games this playoff run. Now, obviously they’re plenty more to name but these players are the guys you will hear most about and probably see the most of!

Other headlines! 

This Stanley Cup is not like most, these two teams have never been, while they have some players on their roster that have experienced the Stanley Cup atmosphere, not many players on either roster know what it is like to play in a Stanley Cup game. The intriguing part about this series is that current General Manager George McPhee of Vegas was the old GM of Washington before he came over to Vegas. Therefore essentially McPhee has built both these teams and win or lose, he still wins right? Marc Andre-Fleury will be going for his fourth Stanley Cup, appearing in his 3rd straight, Nate Schmidt plays against his old team, Washington. James Neal appears in back to back Stanley Cups. The story lines are not hard to find in this series, but for now, I hope this is gave you a better understanding of the teams, enjoy!

Stanley Cup Playoff Schedule 

Well heading into the Stanley Cup, I hope if you are new you have all the information you need! The schedule will look like…

Monday May 28: Capitals @ Vegas 

Wednesday May 30: Capitals @ Vegas

Saturday June 2: Vegas @ Capitals 

Monday June 4: Vegas @ Capitals 

Thursday June 7: Capitals @ Vegas

Sunday June 10: Vegas @ Capitals 

Wednesday June 13: Capitals @ Vegas 

Washington Capitals vs Vegas Golden Knights 2018 Stanley Cup Final preview

It seems as if this match up was not so much a shock for every fan out there as I had a few people say they called this match up, and for those that did. Kudos to them. Anyways the 125th Stanley Cup final will hold two underdog teams coming into the playoffs. The Washington Capitals from the East and Vegas Golden Knights from the West. Underdogs I say because the Capitals were not written off as a playoff team this year and when they went down 2-0 to Columbus everyone thought they were done. The Golden Knights never gained much respect from fans in the league and coming into this playoffs very few people had them getting passed the first round.

The Capitals are 12-7 this playoff run with a 66 goals for 47 goals against, 28.8 percent power play, 75.4 percent penalty kill and 32 shots per game. Compared to their opponent who is 12-3 with a 43 goals for 27 goals against, 17.6 power play percentage, 82.5 penalty kill percentage and 31 shots for per game. The Capitals and Knights faced during the regular season Vegas played the Capitals three times and all three times the Golden Knights won, with that behind the Capitals and playing much better now well see how that affects the series, probably won’t have any affect. The story line going into this series, well there is plenty but one is, long time Capitals general manager George McPhee faces his old time team with his new team the Golden Knights. Marc Andre Fleury and Braden Holtby meet once again, these two just seem like they can’t avoid each other. Diving into the series looking at both teams here is what the Capitals have going for them.

Capitals advantages over Vegas

NHL Washington Capitals(1) Experience and hunger: Now the Capitals have not won the Conference finals and made a Cup appearance in 19 years but they have a laundry list of playoff experience and per say a game 7 comes along I am feeling more confident with Ovechkin over Kalrsson if I am a fan. The Capitals have Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Holtby, Orpik, Carlson, Niskanen, Orlov, Beagle, Connolly, Oshie all players who have experienced what it is like to play on the big stage. Plus the Capitals just look like a different team they are hungry, and seem like they are not going to be denied from anything this year. They have a ton of momentum going for them, winning four straight in round one, beating the Penguins in round two, and now a game 7 win in the Conference finals, if you are the Capitals, confidence is high and hunger is even higher.

(2) Alex Ovechkin. The Golden Knights do not have a player like this, yes they have goal scoring and grit, but Ovechkin is a hall of fame player and a one of kind type of talents. He certainly has been on a different level this playoff season, winning the Rocket coming into the playoffs must have stirred the pot a but. Leading the playoffs in goals(active) and being within the top two for points. Every game we have seen a different side to Ovechkin that not many have seen in recent playoff years, the guy looks like the Russian machine that never stops, throwing his weight around, scoring goals and getting the team going. Ovechkin is a huge difference maker.

(3) Depth production, guys like Andre Burakovsky scoring 2 big goals, Lars Eller, Devante Smith Pelly, Jay Beagle, Chandler Stephenson, Brett Conolloy these guys all have chipped in one way or another this whole playoff run and they have been a huge reason the Capitals have made it this far. I believe the Capitals have a deeper line up and will keep up and possibly out skate the Vegas forwards. The Capitals fourth line is better than Vegas’s and it also does not hurt that the Capitals fourth line and third line can be a huge factor in mixing and matching lines for Barry Trotz.

Advantages for Vegas over Washington

(1) Marc Andre Fleury, now Holtby has been a brick wall posting back to back shutouts and a 2.04 GAA and 12-6 record but Fleury has been one of the biggest reasons Vegas is here right now posting Conn Smythe like numbers with a mind blowing 1.68 GAA and a 12-3 record and .947 SV percentage. Fleury has seemed to be dialed in, and on another level same for Holtby but if you were comparing the two at the moment right now. Fleury really does give Vegas the upper hand.

(2) Inexperience, now this one may seem odd but the Golden Knights have used their inexperience for the better this playoff run. They have shown that if you just go out play your game and not worry about all the other noise in the background, have some fun, you’ll be fine. The Golden Knights have a few experienced players but for the most part they are here right now due to their work ethic and guys just buying in and not worrying about what everyone else is saying. They have essentially lived the we have no expectations on us so let’s set the standard model.

Vegas Golden Knights(3) Scoring, the Golden Knights have been a team all year that has been able to score goals no matter what. They average 2.87 goals per game and they only played 15 games this post season perhaps a few more games and they would be around three. But it seems the Golden Knights play an incredibly quick transition game that leads to goal scoring and a ton of scoring chances. No matter the situation Vegas seems to know how to score and by just getting the puck to the net they found out sometimes works out. A team that does not quit paired with scoring to supplement that can be scary.

How these two match up evenly…

The Golden Knights and Capitals are very similar teams they finished four points apart in the league, won their division and play a similar style of hockey. The Capitals knew coming into Tampa they did not have the skill factor so they used their legs, capitalizing on mistakes and quick style of play to beat the Lightning. Same with Vegas and what they have done all year. The Golden Knights and Capitals both play a very quick style of play, they transition very quickly and rely on their transition game to give them scoring chances or their goals for. Two teams that play a quick, physical style of play will make for an interesting playoff series, as we will see how Gallant adjusts and Trotz adjusts.

Their defenses are extremely similar too, they both have three defenseman lines that play a heavy game, physical and shutdown, they both have one to two offensive defenseman but the rest are your typical gritty, stay at home guys who get the job done. The Capitals have the same issue but an issue that has worked out in their favor, some inexperienced defenseman that have stepped up massively this playoff run. The Golden Knights whole defense unit is inexperienced but the Capitals have Christian Djoos, Michael Kempny who are a little less experienced than the others and have played quite well for the Capitals. These two match up similar on the back end and it will be a series that may not possess a ton of offensive even strength scoring.

Goalies, these two have met in the playoffs and regular season a dozen times. They know each other quite well, but the Capitals may have the upper hand here as they know Fleury a little better then the Golden Knights know Holtby. Fleury went to game 7 vs the Capitals last season, went to game 7 vs the Capitals in 2008-09, plus all the times they played in the regular season. The Capitals have a long history with Fleury one that can pan out to be useful or hurt them, either way going into a match up vs a team you do not know much about besides the goalie is a positive at least.

Gerard Gallant and Barry Trotz now, arguably some of the best coaches in the league right now and the Gallant may have the upper hand though as he will have McPhee in his ear talking about the Capitals, the Capitals old GM McPhee will be a huge help for Vegas here as he may know some things other GM’s would normally know but still these two coaches have been a thing of beauty this playoff series and have really set the example for the players. Making it a fun, competitive and winning environment. Anytime your coach is skating laps in practice that’s a positive or anytime you have players showing their love for their coach(Gallant) that’s a positive. Two great coaches.

Quick look at what Vegas is saying…

The stage is set and for game one Monday May 28 the Golden Knights host the Capitals, the lines are out and will change of course but right now it is -143 Vegas and +123 Washington, that’s a big line for a Stanley Cup game, wow. Maybe buy in now. Despite the line it is saying that Washington has 57 percent bets and Vegas has 43 percent. Across the other 13 sites it is saying around +120 to 135 for Washington and -140 to -155 for Vegas. Get in now if you want, because that line is changing for sure. Over under 5.5 also, may just be smart enough to buy on that because that is for sure hitting.

Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Appearance in first year: Real or Rigged?

I have heard a lot of gossip on social media, this is fixed, this is all a set up by the league, they bought their team, they were handed this team, they didn’t deserve to be here, blah blah!

Well, I have certainly thought like OK this has to be a dream how is this Vegas team in the Cup right now, something is going on. It is natural to think that but honestly, having watched this playoff series pretty closely and almost every game. The Golden Knights 1000% out played the Kings in round one, that is a not a set up, winning in 5 games. They out played the Sharks in round two, that was the closest series they had but the Golden Knights are a team we have noticed now that just does not quit. And the Conference finals, the Jets came out flying and everyone thought that was it to Vegas, but again, they have a master mind head coach, a team that is fully bought into their roles and doing whatever it takes and for game 4 and 5 the Jets looked DEAD. They beat themselves that series and handed the series to Vegas almost. The Golden Knights dominated every aspect of the game in game five it didn’t even look like the Jets wanted to play when it came to even strength play. The Jets had an inexperienced goalie that made some bad mistakes with the puck that cost them some key goals. So, all I am saying is if you are saying this is fixed or something along those lines you are just being ignorant and not appreciating one of the greatest sport stories to happen in the last 1000 years or whatever.

The Golden Knights were not handed this team either there were clear expansion draft rules and the other 30 NHL teams decided to protect who they did and not protect who they did the GM’s of other teams knew how this worked. So when Vegas got Marchessault and Neal on the draft well that was the Panthers and Predators fault, and when Fleruy landed in their hands because the Penguins did not want to protect him and handed Vegas him, Fleruy came in with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Riley Smith was acquired in a trade, the Panthers also gave Gerard Gallant to Vegas as well, so really if we are to blame anyone for Vegas’s success blame the Panthers.

The Golden Knights have Deryk Engelland who was drafted in the sixth round, played on three NHL teams and was a nobody before this season, along with Nate Schmidt being a 6th defenseman on Washington, Lucas Sbisa being a role player, somebody in and out of the lineup his whole career, William Karlsson, we all know his story, Marchessault who was drafted and moved around several times before landing a full time spot on a roster, James Neal in the middle of his career going over here because his contract was to lucrative for Nashville, Alex Tuch a first year guy, the list goes on and on. The moral of the story is the Golden Knights were not here because of fix, gambling stint in Vegas right now, they are here because they earned it, they out worked the three teams before them and they have a coach who makes the game fun for the team, makes the players want to show up everyday and trusts his player and gives them unbeatable confidence, a goalie that is performing on another level right now while giving wet willies in the middle of games, and an offense and defense that is buying in whole hardheartedly to the systems and the instructions by the coaches and leaders to do whatever it takes to win.

The Golden Knights being here is not by accident. No one saw this coming and if you are someone who believes this is rigged, get lost, take a hike and go back to the hole you came from. Muppet.

 

Vegas takes 2-1 series lead off Fleury wet willy

The Jets defense was TERRIBLE last night. Going to waste no time getting into this one (#InOne),. But the Jets defense was actually horrendous. Jocob Trouba got burnt on two goals, the first from Johnathan the forehand backhand god Marchessault. Trouba literally could not keep up he fell over and made a last ditch slash effort that clearly was not going to work, that gave Vegas the lead 1-0 within the first 35 seconds of the game.

The Jets answered back eventually in the 2nd with 14 to play off a Blake Wheeler shot towards the net and Scheifele tip-in his 13th of the playoffs. Vegas took a 2-1 lead off a James Neal goal immediately following the Jets goal, a bad play by Connor Hellebycuk mishandles the puck and Erik Haula just throws the puck to the front right on Neal’s stick 2-1. Vegas scored yet again to make it 3-1 off  lead off yet another terrible Jets defensive play, James Neal came flying up the wing and Tobas Enstrom,not even transitioning to try and catch Neal, just slashed Neal’s stick easy access, shot, save Neal followed his rebound and goal 3-1.

That was game from there, Scheifele eventually scored to make it 3-2 before the third ended for his 14th goal of the playoffs. Not to mention the only other player to tally these numbers, 14 goals in 15 games was Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche when the Av’s won the cup in 1996.

Hope the game summary was fun, but there are three things I want to touch on now.

(1) Marc Andre Fluery is a character. Guy makes 33 saves in one of the biggest games of the series, closes the door late in the game with two unreal saves, back to back on Scheifele and is just unreal. Burt before that, when the scrum of the Jets Vegas was going on Fleury went up to Blake Wheeler and gave him a wet willy. From that moment on the game was over , no shot Vegas was losing. He’s also rubbing posts when the Jets hit the bar on a shot. Absolute character, have to love it.

(2) The Jets defense lost them this game. They looked slow, lost and completely out of it. The Golden Knights were hungrier and not afraid to go in the dirty areas, they don’t ratchet it up and come out to play or look alive at least they are done this team.

(3) Mark Scheifele can’t do everything, Bryan Little, Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, Paul Stastny yeah you are playing in the Western Conference finals, 3 wins away from a Stanley Cup appearance, let’s show up here.

I’m done, be on the lookout for the Lightning vs Capitals preview!

Vegas Golden Knights vs Winnipeg Jets: The Unexcpted Western Conference Finals

The Winnipeg Jets toppled the Predators game seven in Nashville, marking three of four wins on Nashville’s home ice and now move on to play Vegas in the Conference finals. The winner moves onto the Stanley Cup. The Jets record thus far is 8-4 through two rounds, as Vegas is 8-2 through two rounds.

By The Numbers…

Winnipeg seems to have the upper hand on Vegas.

Goals for through 12 playoff games Winnipeg has 43, second among all playoff teams. While Vegas has 29 goals for through 10 playoff games, ranked 8th among all playoff teams and 4th among active playoff teams(therefore last). Winnipeg averages 3.5 goals for per game while Vegas averages 2.9 per game.

Goals against Vegas has allowed 17 compared to Winnipeg’s 28. Vegas ranks first among all active playoff teams for goals against, while Winnipeg ranks second.

Winnipeg’s power play is ranked third among active teams performing at a 25 percent rate, while Vegas is performing at a 17.5 percent. The penalty kill though Vegas has the upper hand at 85 percent while Winnipeg is performing at a74.5 percent.

The top scorers for Vegas and Winnipeg though, Mark Scheifle leads the team with 16 points through 12 games, while Vegas’s Jonathan Marchessault has 11 points through 10 games. The Jets has four players performing at more than a point per game, with Blake Wheeler(15), Paul Statsny(14) and Dustin Byfuglien(13). While Vegas has Riley Smith and William Karlsson at just above a point per game.

Goaltending for Vegas is the upper-hand for them, probably the only upper hand they have besides being unpredictable and hard to figure out. The Jets goaltender Connor Hellebyuck is 8-4 with a 2.25 GAA and .927 SV %, while the MVP of the playoffs and arguably the reason Vegas has made it this far, Marc Andre Fleury. Fleury is 8-2 with a 1.53 GAA and .951 SV %. If Vegas wins this series it will be because of the guy in between the pipes. As Byfuglien even said “throw pucks on net and hope they go in.” when asked about scoring on Fleury.

Winnipeg: 5 Vegas: 3 

Verdict…

The Jets have the home-ice advantage here, the first time Vegas will not four games at home this playoff, and quite frankly could be the difference maker. The Jets have been good on home ice and so have the Golden Knights which is why the home-ice will play a huge advantage to the Jets.

The Jets most certainly played tougher opponents than Vegas, not to discredit the Kings or Sharks but the Wild and Predators are no easy first two opponents. The Jets knocking off Nashville in seven games, and taking three in Nashville that series is a huge confidence booster. While Vegas is a tough place to play they will essentially need to take just one in Vegas to have the upper hand in this series. If they can take three in Nashville, Vegas can’t be too hard. If Winnipeg takes care of business and does their job on home-ice there will be no worries for them. This will for sure be a hard-fought series, one no one expected perhaps, but with a powerhouse of an offense and the unpredictable Knights. These two will make the Conference finals interesting for all viewers. And will definitely be boosting the NHL television ratings this time around. At the end of it all, I am going Winnipeg in six games.