Vegas has enjoyed a Cinderella Dream Season in its first ever campaign. At least that was the case until last Saturday night. While midnight is yet to strike its looking very close to that hour. Winnipeg gave the Golden Knights stark reality check. The Jets jumped all over Vegas in game one. They scored a dominant 4-2 win with the Stanley Cup Playoff odds. And the game was never in doubt. Winnipeg jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. The theory they would be too tired was quickly put to rest. Vegas now faces their most difficult test ever.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets Game 2
Date and Time: Monday, May 14, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
NHL Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Golden Knights||+1½ (-230)||6 (EV)|
|Jets||-1½ (+190)||6 (-120)|
Golden Knights vs. Jets TV Coverage: NBCSN
The Series so Far
After Monday’s game Vegas will host games three and four. Winnipeg is now a top tier Stanley Cup Playoff odds favorite. Their game one win in this series was devastating. And it made quite an impression with skeptics. It was said the Jets would be running on empty for this series. That is because they had the stress of a full seven game series last round. Beyond that they had to win game seven at Nashville last Thursday. All the while Vegas was resting and preparing. Yet the Golden Knights looked flat footed and unready on Saturday.
Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas now faces the daunting task of trying to even the series. Bell MTS Place may be the most difficult rink in the NHL for visitors. Seems like the Golden Knights are coming off their worst game of the year. They now have to show resilience. Questions now abound about whether they are overmatched. Doubts about the Golden Knights are compounding. Faith in the Jets is soaring. As it should. Winnipeg has been methodically building for years. Their success is hardly an accident.
Important Names on Court
Goaltender Marc Andre Fleury was having a sensational playoff for Vegas. Until Saturday that is. Fleury was bombarded early. He finished with just 22 saves on 26 shots. He looked quite ordinary doing so. Jets netminder Connor Hellebuyck had the better night. Hellebuyck stopped 19 out of 21 shots. Beyond that the Jets carried the play. Winnipeg proved to be a difficult team to play catchup against.
Team vs. Team
For Vegas to get back into the series they must first show up ready. Winnipeg ambushed them in game one. It was a mugging in a dark alley. The Golden Knights have responded to adversity in the past. An overtime win over San Jose was reversed last round. Vegas overcame that to win the series. Now they face an even greater test. Winnipeg has won two of their three sportsbook home matchups against Vegas. Just one of those games went under the total.
Matchup to Watch
Vegas makes for a strong contrarian pick. Public perception with the Stanley Cup Playoff odds is now on Winnipeg. The Golden Knights have defied the experts all year. They have the value edge in this matchup.
Golden Knights vs. Jets NHL Playoff Lines Picks
Look for Vegas to even the series on Monday night.
NHL Betting Online Pick: Vegas Golden Knights
NHL Betting Online Score Prediction: Golden Knights 3, Jets 1
Check out game one highlights of this series!