Knights vs. Jets: Game 1 Prediction, NHL Playoff Odds

Knights vs. Jets: Game 1 Prediction, NHL Playoff Odds

Will Vegas triumph over a bruising and skilled Jets squad?

The second round of the playoffs has come and gone, and what a round it was. As hockey's hottest team, Vegas has yet to disappoint when it matters most, winning their first two post-season series by sweeping the L.A. Kings then finishing off the San Jose Sharks in six games. Once considered castoffs, this top line has carried their team all the way to the final four.

Colorado Avalanche fans may be back to re-aligning their allegiances as the Stanley Cup Playoffs move to the Conference Finals stage.

. "In a sense they play like us, they have a lot of depth and they can roll four lines and they have good, puck-moving D. So we're going to have our hands full for sure".

We don't think so. They just made the best defensive team in hockey look bad. Trivia time, name those two other teams? While Pavelski's line was technically the de facto top unit on paper, there's a very viable case to be made that the line featuring Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl was the more unsafe of the two based on how they were playing.

Game 3: Wednesday @ Knights, 9 p.m. He is the front-runner on this Jets roster to win the Conn Smythe trophy.

Braden Holtby was spectacular in defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The frenzy is familiar to some former Jets stars in town to celebrate a team championship in the former World Hockey Association 40 years ago. "For the game, if we keep playing well as a team, doing what the coach wants us to, with some speed and doing everybody doing their job in our zone, we should be in good shape". Their scoring depth, combined with an experienced, mobile defense led by Victor Hedman and Vezina candidate Andrei Vasilseky, makes Tampa the heavy favorite over an injury-depleted Washington team.

"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.

People thought business tycoon Bill Foley was either joking or looking through rose-colored glasses when he told reporters in September that they would be National Hockey League champions by their sixth season.

This Capitals team has that "it" factor to it.

Finally, Alexander Ovechkin is going to the conference final. They play the same way whether it's a nothing game in February or overtime in a playoff game. While the whole team impressed by showing their resilience against the playoff battle-hardened Sharks, the Marchessault-Karlsson-Smith line once again showed that they're almost unstoppable.

Much of the same can be said for Vegas, which looked nothing like the team that opened its second-round series with a 7-0 shellacking of.

However, the Jets are also healthy and ready to nab a spot in the Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

"We're going to offer you the best, toughest hockey market that you're ever going to see", Matt Schaubroeck with Tourism Winnipeg said. They're a threat on the powerplay, on the rush, and from the blue-line, and on the cycle down low. It has worked so far for them and, most surprisingly, they've had two relatively easy series.

"There is no momentum in the playoffs", is the way he put it at one point during the series.

"The telling stat for me in this series is we played four games in here and never lost in regulation against the best team in the league", Jets coach Paul Maurice said. 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.

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