Jets, Golden Knights ride hot goalies into Western finals

Posted May 13, 2018

Instead of one night in a fancy ball gown and magicked-up pumpkin carriage, the Golden Knights have carried their success throughout the regular season and into the playoffs, staving off the stroke of midnight with every victory.

If the Jets want to advance, they'll have to find a way to beat a rejuvenated Marc-Andre Fleury in goal.

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb, left, and Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine compete for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Las Vegas.

"I just thought, I have a chartered plane service that wants to work with me, let's make something happen", she said. "People have been saying: "They're eventually going to run out of gas" or 'their emotions are going to drop, you're going to crash eventually.' We just keep going".

Vegas also boasts two potent lines but is capable of rolling four unsafe lines to balance the scoring across 12 forwards. It will be interesting to see how the Golden Knights respond to starting off a series on the road. Two of those games were with Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury out with an injury. Even with this being an era of goaltending excellence in which the league's post-lockout SP average has jumped from.901 to as high as.915, Fleury is putting together a post-season that's flirting with a mark that hasn't been seen matched since the early days of the expansion era. Fleury is 21-5 with a 2.33 GAA and a.917 save percentage in his carer (regular season) against the Jets.

I feel as though the Jets playing Nashville was about as good of a warm up team as you could hope for if you are about to take on this Vegas Monster. They are the greatest expansion team in sports history, finishing the regular season with 109 points, while the Jets, after missing the post season past year, finished with 114 points.

Vegas last played May 6, when it defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in Game 6 to win that second-round series. In my mind, they are the best expansion team in the history of major sports, not just hockey. His seven goals in the series with the Preds set an National Hockey League record.

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Jakub Vrana scored on the power play and Brett Connolly on a breakaway for the Capitals, who have beaten goaltender Matt Murray glove-side all five of their goals against him through two games.

Vegas' players have been penalized only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 4.7 per game over their last ten outings.

That said, the Sharks were way better defensively than Winnipeg is, so Vegas will get a lot more free reign to the net.

Asked what comes to mind at first mention of the Knights, or their cryptic three-letter designation on the ticker during NBC hockey broadcasts, Mleczko made no mistake.

Blake Wheeler woke up Friday morning feeling a little exhausted, but the Winnipeg Jets captain quickly got energized.

Calgarian Tom Morrissey will also be cheering on the Jets when they play, but from the team's home arena. That is a huge edge for a team at this time of the year and I will look for the Golden Knights to take full advantage. Put simply, the Golden Knights finds ways to win games.

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