Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 5-16-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Bryce Harper warms before an April game wearing a Vegas Golden Knights t-shirt

Bryce Harper warms before an April game wearing a Vegas Golden Knights t-shirt

Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg, which lost for the third time in its past four home playoff games.

He only ended up playing 10 minutes again on Monday, but he made the majority by scoring a goal, attempted four shots (putting two on net), while the Golden Knights attempted 74 percent of the total shot attempts (11 for, only four against) with him on the ice during 5-on-5 play, the best mark of any Vegas player.

He showed off just how light and loose this group is right now, playing a game of rock-paper-scissors with goalie Connor Hellebuyck to determine who got to face the media first Tuesday during a gathering at the Bellagio hotel located right in the heart of the Strip. Obviously that top line, when they get going and they make some plays and they've got some time and space like they did, they scored a couple of handsome goals.

During the off-days in this series, some of the Winnipeg players have gathered together to watch the Tampa-Washington series. Las Vegas is 14-2 in its last 16 games versus teams with a winning road record.

"They played hard and they had chances but just weren't getting the bounces".

"They're opportunistic, kind of in the same sense we can be", Trouba said.

"It's a long series and you can't be taking losses to the next day".

"It didn't really matter what line it is, each line brings a little something different to the table and they can all rattle around in the offensive zone".

After splitting the first two games, the Jets realize they will need to crank up their game a bit in order to avoid falling behind in a series for the first time in three rounds. The Jets have scored a total of six goals in those games and must now try and get back on track at the T-Mobile Arena where the Golden Knights have been very tough so far. We're here to win a Stanley Cup this year. The Golden Knights have gone 4-1 at home in the postseason and have averaged 3.60 gpg in those games, while here at home for the year they have gone 33-13 and have averaged 3.57 gpg and have allowed 2.39 gpg in those games. Marchessault restored the two-goal lead 1:28 later.

"I think you feed off the crowd for sure", Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland said.

The Jets are 4-2 on the road during these National Hockey League playoffs, winning once in Minnesota in the opening round against the Wild.

The Golden Knights are 3-1 in their own building, having outscored the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks 18-8 and outshooting both teams by a combined 186-170 margin. Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith dominated at times in Monday's win and will look to keep things rolling on home ice.

Paul Maurice- has to be able to adjust and manage the game a bit better when his team is flat, better yet don't let them start flat. "For our team we just have to win that battle", said Scheifele.

The NHL's newest team sent their mascot, "Chance" the Gila Monster, to make a quick stop in Saskatoon Tuesday to drop off jerseys for Premier Scott Moe and Roughriders' mascot Gainer the Gopher.

"It just shows the resiliency of these good teams".

Vegas went up 2-0 in a four-minute span late in the first period Monday. "In this case, I'm going to say it's more about lucky". He should have just stayed on his feet but you know what? We didn't think we were going to win four straight in the Western Conference final.

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