Previewing the 2018 Conference Finals

13 May, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Donnie King
  • Jets with perfect start, win Game 1

So which team does Kelly believe wins Game 1? Just like we all predicted, the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights will meet for the western crown, while Tampa Bay and Washington do battle for the east. While the Golden Knights have been a great story, there has been plenty of grumbling from the stepsisters left behind by Cinderella. His reputation as a prime-time player is matched only by the most cheerful demeanor in the sport.

The incredible season continues for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Before the season started it would've made no sense, but it makes ideal sense now with how both teams played all season and in the playoffs. He also had the highest plus/minus of any player in the league (49). In the playoffs, the team is managing an average of 33.8 shots on goal ( 3.6 goals per game). The Golden Knights are eight wins away, led by a resurgent Marc-Andre Fleury and a band of proud misfits (OK, they're mostly former Florida Panthers). Those marks placed him at second and sixth in those respective categories in the National Hockey League. "Even if you think you have a wide open net, you better bear down because he's jumping, coming across with something to save it".

The Winnipeg Jets weren't supposed to be playing in the Western Conference finals. He allowed five or six goals on seven occasions in the regular season and came back with a win in the next game in six of those games. What stands out most about their run is defence. Their blueprint is quite the recipe for success. The Jets suffered consecutive home losses in its second-round playoff series against Nashville.

6 - T-Mobile Arena has quickly turned into one of hockey's most-feared rinks. He also had 38 assists in the regular season and he has upped that pace during the postseason with 10 assists. Three of Alex Tuch's four goals have come on the power play ...

A lot of hockey fans are very disappointed, and they should be, that the NHL head office didn't penalize Brad Marchand for all his Neanderthal antics on the ice, namely the licking of an opposition player's face.

The Vegas Golden Knights are an unbelievable story, there is no way around that.

"A year in a goalie's life makes such a big difference". On top of that, Sin City owns a bundle of draft picks to further enhance the roster, with seven in this summer's draft, 12 in 2019, and nine in 2020. This year, the team's 36-11 SU at home. The Knights are the faster team in this series, and have an extremely deep lineup up front.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period against the Nashville Predators in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre.

Welcome to one of the most improbable Stanley Cup semifinals in history.

That said, if we were to seek a single snub, one netminder whose candidacy for the Vezina was arguably as strong as those of his counterparts, Marc-Andre Fleury would fit the bill. The Westgate SuperBook now has their odds at 3/1 behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are at 7/4. It's easily the most successful season by an expansion team in any pro sport.


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