Golden Knights vs. Jets: Game 1 prediction

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They're contributing in various ways, including with secondary scoring and a freedom from the past playoff failures that became a burden for Capitals veterans.

Hockey is a weird sport and the NHL is a weird league where anything is possible.

Wheeler, of the U.S., said he is looking forward to continuing their playoff run in Winnipeg which has some of the most loyal and loudest fans in the league. "He's like a lot of players, probably all players on our team, in that he wants to respond with his best season". Both teams were long-shots and now both teams are here. Of course, that also applies to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

Not even in existence a year ago, the inaugural Golden Knights are already the most successful first-year franchise in the history of professional sports.

That means National Hockey League teams will only be able to protect seven forwards, three defenceman, and one goaltender or one goaltender and eight skaters regardless of position. And to think: Vrana played a tad under seven minutes in Washington's opening playoff game, then was a healthy scratch for the second. It is a different game on the big European ice surfaces, where speed and skill are so prevalent, and hockey played in its purest form.

"You don't get into any of the strategies or systems or anything, just talking about, 'did you have your tempo up, ' or 'make sure you play with that edge you have to play with because you're a smaller guy, ' or 'what do you think about this, '" he said. "I just believed in myself and got a whole new system and organization around me, and it just propelled me even more". I feel that all the edges point to the Golden Knights in this one and they should walk away with a hard-fought game one win. "They're for real, so it's going to be a real tough matchup". They did struggle at home in that series and that could come into play here, especially since they are a exhausted bunch, while the Golden Knights will be well rested. "And then he sort of grew out of it". For the first time in his career, Alex Ovechkin will play in the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Cirelli has played a key defensive center role after getting into just 18 regular-season games.

Vegas has managed 29.4 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Winnipeg is averaging 36.4 shots per game over its last five at home.

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Fleury was limited by a concussion to 46 appearances in the regular season but he's making up for lost time on the Knights' improbably run the conference final.

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period against the Nashville Predators in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre. This is the furthest any Jets team has ever made it. Winnipeg's goal differential of plus-8 is second in the playoffs to plus-10 for Vegas.

That Lightning club was swept in the first round. "We'll know who's there and we'll know they are there but we probably won't hear from them".

That's the thing about newcomers, of course.

"They're the most fun". They've always got the smile on.

Montgomery said he's spoken with Hitchcock to develop a plan for how they can work together. "Sometimes they just sort of need a little bit of tightening from their peers or their coach".