Statistically Speaking: Hellebuyck, Jets steal Game One

Statistically Speaking: Hellebuyck, Jets steal Game One

Goalies for both the Jets and Predators are finalists for the Vezina Trophy with Nashville veteran Pekka Rinne looking to win the award in his fourth try.

The Jets beat the Predators in a 4-1 victory. The Jets have the skill to play with the Preds and they will likely wake up and play better in Game 2.

The regular-season numbers tell the tale of two teams evenly matched in nearly every main category, although Nashville clipped the Jets 3-1-1 in their five meetings that featured 41 goals in regulation.

"I just broke the Nashville vehicle, I feel pretty good about it", said Kyra Winfield, said after destroying a headlight and denting the hood of the auto with a sledgehammer. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed a combined one goal in their last three games.

The Nashville Predators came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. "It's hard to score on those guys unless you have traffic, second and third opportunities and plays around the front of the net". "They were blocking the ones they needed to block and our details were right".

Despite a great season and mostly strong work in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rinne's had his low moments in the National Hockey League (as, honestly, most goalies not named Henrik Lundqvist tend to suffer if they get to hang around long enough).

Then the Jets scored the game's first goal for a sixth consecutive playoff game. Let's do that for the rest of the series, we're going to be a happy bunch at the end of it.

"They will get the puck off their stick very, very quickly", Maurice said. "It's gonna be a really tough series and a tight series so I think that's why everyone's so excited about it". The Predators won twice on the road in the first round, including clinching in Colorado in Game 6.

"There was a lot of shots I felt were from the outside".

"We know we're going to need to get more pucks to the net".

The incident happened during the third period of San Jose's 7-0 loss to the Golden Knights Thursday in the series opener.

It seems Winnipeg's respect for the Predators is high enough that not even taking a 2-0 series lead would have anybody using the word stranglehold. But maybe the Capitals are better off focusing on the positives, and coach Barry Trotz expects things to click back into place for Game 2 on Sunday. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was pulled after the second period after giving up three goals on 16 shots.

"He's an elite goaltender, obviously, I think both goaltenders in this series are", Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey said. Nashville put 20 shots on Hellebuyck in the period.

The Predators launched 48 shots opposed to the Jets' 19, all for naught.

"Yeah, but we got to win hockey games", said Predators coach Peter Laviolette.

"I don't think it was that physical", the Jets Adam Lowry said.

"You give me two choices on where to be, our game or their win, I'd take the win", Laviolette said.

"A good majority of us knew right away when we got on the ice, but then there was a handful talking after the game that didn't know", he said. The Jets haven't lost at home since February 27 — to Nashville.

Winnipeg's good fortune continued in the second period when Paul Stastny punched in another rebound with the puck awkwardly bouncing in front of the Nashville goal. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with six goals, Dustin Byfuglien has five assists and Jacob Trouba has 18 shots on goal.

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