Golden Knights, Jets open conference final

Rested Golden Knights ready to face Jets in NHL's Western Conference final

Rested Golden Knights ready to face Jets in NHL's Western Conference final

His son Josh was drafted by the Jets in 2013 and has played in 11 games in the 2018 playoffs. When they meet starting Saturday night in Winnipeg in the Western Conference final, it will be a matchup between a team that missed the playoffs previous year and one that didn't even play. The Jets took that series by winning game-seven on the road by a score of 5-1. "They had 109 points".

"I think it's really the driving force within the group that there's so much more to give, and so much more the players want to give for themselves and the fans", Cheveldayoff said.

Elsewhere on Thursday night, the Winnipeg Jets (-145) are favored against the Nashville Predators (+125), also with a 6.0-goal total in Game 4 of their second-round series. Also defending for the Predators is Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland.

April 26, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a third period save against the San Jose Sharks in game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena. Marc Andre-Fleury is in a zone right now, and Vegas has played a very stingy defensive style all year long. Of goalies playing at least 50 games, he was first with a.927 save percentage and goals-against average at 2.31.

His playoff excellence comes on the heels of an outstanding season that saw the 24-year-old MI native become a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and set a record for US -born goalies by winning 44 regular-season games.

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. "I'm proud of where we are and happy I get a chance to be part of it".

The Jets have some of the best scoring depth of any team in the National Hockey League, led by 44-goal scorer Patrik Laine. Winnipeg's top line of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler scored a combined 208 points in the regular season. That's the second-highest-scoring second line in the National Hockey League. Winnipeg has a population of about 750,000 people, compared to a Las Vegas' metro population of about two million.

The high slot is a very different story for Vegas, an area of the ice they dominated all regular season and continue to in the playoffs to an even greater degree.

The Golden Knights are in their inaugural season and it has been one of the best seasons for a first time team in the history of the National Hockey League.

OFFENCE: Jonathan Marchessault (four goals, seven assists) and Reilly Smith (one goal, 10 assists) lead the attack ... 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? The team is 3-1 in those games. That game was over with San Jose, I don't know, 12 minutes into it.

"Vegas is a brand new team, they're both wicked teams, it'll be an awesome game".

The Capitals' postseason history with the Penguins - all-time, they've lost nine out of 10 series against their Metropolitan Division rival - is so well-documented that it barely needs mentioning.

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