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Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 5-16-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 5-16-2018 - Prediction & Preview Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights, 5-16-2018 - Prediction & Preview
Kristopher Love | 16 May, 2018, 15:44

Jonathan Marchessault swore up and down that he could be better than he was in Vegas' Game 1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets, calling Monday night's rematch a "must win" game.

Golden Knights fans erupt at a watch party at Red Rock Casino after Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch scored a first period goal during Vegas' game two NHL Western Conference Finals road matchup with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Las Vegas. The pair noted they realized early on Saskatchewan had the opportunity to claim Vegas as their team, with a high contingent of Canadian players and plenty of direct flights to Sin City. Sign up now for a free trial. "They're going to come out flying and we've got to be ready to go".

"It's going to be a great atmosphere, like all the other games at home", defenseman Deryk Engelland said.

The home-ice magic has cooled considerably, but the Winnipeg Jets can lean on the fact they have been road warriors during these Stanley Cup playoffs as the Western Conference final shifts to T-Mobile Arena for the next two games. "And they don't need a lot of room, they won't have to dominate to put two or three by you, they'll just need their own chances", said Jets head coach Paul Maurice.

They couldn't seem to finish plays or catch any breaks, fanning on one-timers or running out of space to shoot on the rare occasion they did have a clear lane to Golden Knights' goalie Marc-André Fleury.

The Knights outshot the Jets 8-0 during a stretch that led to two goals four minutes apart and almost a third five seconds later.

He was one of the biggest surprises in the National Hockey League this season, but the 27-year-old's production wasn't unexpected after he posted a career-high 60 points during the regular season while playing on the left side of Vegas' top line with William Karlsson and Marchessault.

"Winnipeg Jets' Kyle Connor and Bryan Little celebrate Connor's goal on Vegas Golden Knights during third period of Game 2 on Monday". "If his stick gets that puck we're all praising him, right?" This is a puck pressure and attack team and if that is not allowed they do not have anything else. The talented forward made no mistake as he faked Hellebuyck and threw in a slick backhander for not only his second goal of the game but his second backhand goal of the game. "For our team we just have to win that battle", said Scheifele.

No big deal, said Roy. Then Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal with under three seconds remaining to make it a 4-2 Washington lead through two. It all evens out in the end and with seven games, the best team is usually going to win.

The Jets were clumsy and careless, left scrambling far too many times after coughing up the puck or giving it away to Vegas on a sloppy pass or clearing attempt. He should have just stayed on his feet but you know what? That never happens. They've got a great team and they've had a great year, so no one is going to bow down or win easily.

Forward David Perron, who did not play in Game 2, still doesn't feel well and is day to day, Gallant said. During that series, they had 39 hits in Game 1 and 38 in Game 2.