The key to victory from the home side was scoring early and often, controlling the play, and minimizing opposition chances. The Golden Knights have not lost back-to-back games since April 5-7 (Oilers, Flames)
Golden Knights vs Jets Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis
Saturday’s game was only the fourth time these two franchises have faced each other, each winning pair of games. Entering game two the Golden Knights are 11-3 in their last 14 games against teams with a winning record. The under might be the play here in game two, as the under is an impressive 8-2-1 in the Jets last 11 games following a win. The under is also 7-1-1 in the Jets last nine home games.
Vegas Golden Knights
The Golden Knights didn’t get the goaltender performance they were used to in game one from Marc-Andre Fleury, as he allowed three goals in the first period, and four goals in the game. All this considering that Fleury allowed three goals in the entire series against the Los Angeles Kings. The Golden Knights will be expecting a bounce back game from their number one goaltender. During the regular season, the Golden Knights finished tied for fourth in goals for (272), but had a hard time generating shots on goal, only managing 21 total shots on goal, and eight shots on goal was the most they managed in a single period (3rd period).
William Karlsson had 43 goals during regular season, and scored a goal in game one, his line will be the focal point of any success this expansion team has here in the conference finals. Of note, Winnipegger Ryan Reaves made an impact off the scoresheet, playing a very physical role for the Golden Knights in 7:25 minutes of ice time.
The Jets jumped off to the great start in their game one matchup, peppering the Golden Knights with three goals on 12 shots, including a Dustin Byfuglien goal 1:05 into the game, he leads NHL defensemen with five multipoint games in the playoffs. They are now 8-1 this post season when scoring the first goal of the game. The power-play showed signs of life, going two for four as well. Toby Enstrom left the game in the 2nd period after taking a big hit from James Neal, he returned to the game in the 3rd, and appeared to be alright, but will be re-evaluated before game two. If he is unable to play, Joe Morrow would likely draw into the line-up.
Of note, the line of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, and Kyle Connor registered five points in game one and now have 45 points in 13 post season games. Speaking of Scheifele, with his one goal, and one assist performance he now has eight multi-point games in the playoffs, which trails only Wayne Gretzky (nine in 1988) for most in NHL history by a player in his team’s first 13 games of the postseason (last 30 years).