With the two teams splitting the first two games in Winnipeg, it’s a brand new series headed to the Sin City. The Knights have played well on home ice this post-season, (4-1 on home ice) and will look to defeat a Jets team that is 4-1 in their last five road games.
Jets vs. Golden Knights Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting Analysis
Two of the last three games between these two teams have been played under the total, with Game 1 of this series an even push at six goals. Something to consider here in Wednesday’s NHL matchup, the Jets are 4-0-1 to the under in their last five games against the Pacific division, while the Golden Knights are 3-0-1 to the under in their last four games against teams with a winning percentage of above .600.
Maybe the Jets just play better on the road, or at least it seems this way during the post-season. So far, in the previous two series, the Jets are 4-2 on the road and now they’ll have to hope for similar results in Vegas. In Game 2, the team didn’t score a goal until the midway point for the third period when Kyle Connor netted his third of the post-season. That cut the Golden Knights’ lead to 2-1, but when the Jets got caught making a defensive mistake just over a minute later, all momentum was lost, and so was the hockey game.
This year’s version of the Winnipeg Jets have the ability to forget about the past, as they have not lost two straight games this post-season. In fact, the Jets haven’t lost back-to-back games in over two months (March 12-13) when they fell to Washington and Nashville on back-to-back nights at the end of a six game road trip. Of note, the Golden Knights are now 7-1 this post-season when they score the game’s first goal, and 7-0 when holding a lead going into the third period.
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The Golden Knights weathered the first period from the Jets and their massive fan base and turned the tables, scoring two first period goals in a 3-1 Game 2 win. All and all is was an excellent road game for a team that was 22-15-5 on the road this regular season. One of the big differences in Game 2 was the play of Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury bounced-back from a difficult Game 1, turning aside 29 of 30 shots he faced to get the win. He has yet to lose back-to-back games this post-season, and is now tied for ninth in NHL history for most playoff wins at 71 (tied with Jacques Plante).
Also, the Golden Knights stayed out of the penalty box only committing three minor penalties. In Game 1 the Jets scored two power-play goals pacing them to a win. Jonathan Marchessault scored a pair of goals in the victory and now has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) this post season. He became the 10th player in NHL history to earn at least 15 points in his team’s first trip to the playoffs.
Jets vs. Golden Knights Prediction
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