Winnipeg native and sister of Jets mascot is Golden Knights fan

Winnipeg native and sister of Jets mascot is Golden Knights fan

A year ago at this time, the Winnipeg Jets weren't even in the playoffs and the Vegas Golden Knights didn't even have players.

That victor will take on the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference final, while the loser of the matchup featuring the NHL's No. 1 and No. 2 teams this season will be left to pick up the pieces.

Winnipeg is averaging 3.4 goals per game in its past five games (the team's a flawless 0-0 SU during that span). Vegas ended up with 109 points in what's been called a fairytale campaign for an expansion team.

Grodsky says many wages have been put on the Golden Knights, but it's not necessarily a good thing. They've been allowing just over three scoring chances off the rush every 60 minutes in the playoffs, less than half of the playoff average, however that particular skill may not be of as much use against the Jets, who aren't shy about attacking off the rush, but generate a large majority of their scoring chances off the forecheck and off the cycle. "He didn't let us down", captain Roman Josi said of Rinne. The Vegas Golden Knights are now all that stands between the Jets and a berth in the Stanley Cup finals. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is 8-2 in the playoffs with a 1.53 goals-against average and.951 save percentage. Jets net minder Connor Hellebuyck enters this series on a.927 save clip and 2.25 GAA with two shutouts.

Not only that, but the Jets chased the favorite for the Vezina Trophy, Pekke Rinne, three times in the series, including in the first period on Thursday after taking a quick 2-0 lead. And he's on the second line.

Winnipeg's top line of Kyle Connor-Mark Scheifele-Blake Wheeler has meshed so well all season and is an extremely unsafe trio.

Now they know that winning the Presidents' Trophy is no guarantee of winning on home ice when it matters most. But their 53.72 per cent score-adjusted Corsi is slightly better than the Golden Knights despite a higher-quality opponent. Linemates Jonathan Marchessault (75 points) and Reilly Smith (60 points) complete one of the best lines in the National Hockey League. Both teams were long-shots and now both teams are here. Who would have ever thought the expansion Golden Knights would be in this position, and still be the talk of the hockey world in May? Patrik Laine, on the other hand, has one goal in his last 10 playoff games ... Connor, who scored nine goals over his last 13 regular-season games, had two assists in the Jets' 5-1 victory over the Predators in Game 7. Predators centre Nick Bonino has suited up in five throughout his career, while defenceman P.K Subban and veteran forward Mike Fisher - a question mark after getting hurt in Game 6 - have taken part in four apiece. But San Jose also had extended time off. They were not a great road team during the course of the season, but they took three of four on the road in that series and outscored the Preds 15-4 in the three road wins. He was among the first coaches hired by the Golden Knights, more than a year before they played their first game.

Winnipeg is 4-2 on the road in the playoffs after splitting a pair in Minnesota in its opening-round series against the Wild.

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