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JNGD.R3G2 Flight Plan: Jets Look To Give Vegas Their “First Ever” 0-2 Deficit

The Jets will look to hold serve at home in game two Monday night against the Golden Knights, but should expect a better effort from Vegas. The game tonight should go a long way in letting us know just what kind of series we should expect going forward.

Vegas Golden Knights
@
Winnipeg Jets

Western Conference Finals – Game One
Jets lead the series 1-0

May 14, 2018 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Bell MTS Place – Winnipeg, MB
TV: CBC, NBCSN, TVAS – Radio: TSN 1290

The Rundown…

What did the Jets do right in game one?

They treated game one of this series much like they did game seven of the previous series. They forchecked like demons to start the game off, blitzed the opposing goal early on and were rewarded with some goals to get the lead, then they went ahead and shut things down from about the midway point of the game onward. It wasn’t maybe the most ideal way to close things out as it did allow Vegas to get a little momentum and self confidence back into their game, but it should be noted that the Jets didn’t allow a single high danger scoring chance in the final period either.

What did the Knights do wrong in game one?

The arrived late to the game and Marc Andre-Fleury couldn’t completely bail them out and keep the opposition off the scoreboard like he had against Los Angeles and San Jose. The Knights all season have been known for using their speed to create turnovers and then counter-attack defenses that are usually not prepared, but Winnipeg was prepared and Vegas couldn’t adjust.

How do the Knights win game two?

Time for a better effort and also time to get back to Knights hockey which isn’t all that much different from Jets hockey (which may in be the problem as Vegas might not be deep enough to go sixty minutes with that style of game if the Jets have all four lines going) in that they have to use their speed to create turnovers while taking care of the puck themselves. They also need a lot more traffic in front of Hellebuyck.

How do the Jets win game two?

More of the same as game one, but know that they are going to get a better effort from Vegas from opening puck drop. Ideally they get the first goal or two again, but maybe don’t fall quite into the defensive shell they slipped into in game one. Not to say that it wasn’t a very good defensive shell, but after the first period of game one, the overall scoring chances for in that first game were tabbed at 13-3 in favor of Vegas. Not an ideal way to hold down leads.

What Others Are Saying…

The folks over at Knights On Ice know this wasn’t a good first impression

Everything needs to be looked at. Everything needs to be addressed. From top to bottom, this wasn’t a good game, and the Knights will need to improve upon it quickly for Game 2 on Monday. Hopefully they won’t allow three goals in eight minutes again.

Meanwhile our friends at SinBin.Vegas thought things weren’t as bad as everything appeared

In the moment, it felt like the Golden Knights were being run out of the building by a far superior team. Winnipeg was quicker, stronger, faster, and crisper, while Vegas was stuck in the mud, panicky, and making countless poor decisions. That is what it felt like, yet that’s not what was actually happening on the ice.

And if you truly want to know what life is like and has been like as a Vegas Golden Knights fan all season, Amanda summed it up in a very well written tweet:

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 77.2#18 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 82.2#7 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 82.2#4 RW

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.8#29 LW

Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY

Rating: 77.4#32 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 82.9#3 RW

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 74.7#48 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 72.7#78 C

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 72.1#74 RW

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.3#112 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.7#79 C

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.2#88 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.8#33 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 78.5#14 RD

Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM

Rating: 71.5#90 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 81.2#4 RD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.2#99 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.4#26 RD

GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 76.2#9 G1

Steve Mason
STEVE MASON

Rating: 71.8#38 G2

Vegas Golden Knights Lines

LW C RW
Jonathan Marchessault
JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT

Rating: 82.2#6 LW

William Karlsson
WILLIAM KARLSSON

Rating: 80.6#12 C

Reilly Smith
REILLY SMITH

Rating: 78.4#8 RW

David Perron
DAVID PERRON

Rating: 74.2#41 LW

Erik Haula
ERIK HAULA

Rating: 75.1#45 C

James Neal
JAMES NEAL

Rating: 74.7#35 RW

Oscar Lindberg
OSCAR LINDBERG

Rating: 70.5#107 LW

Cody Eakin
CODY EAKIN

Rating: 70.7#142 C

Alex Tuch
ALEX TUCH

Rating: 74.1#42 RW

Ryan Carpenter
RYAN CARPENTER

Rating: 71.8#78 LW

Pierre-Édouard Bellemare
PIERRE-ÉDOUARD BELLEMARE

Rating: 69.6#163 C

Tomas Nosek
TOMAS NOSEK

Rating: 69.0#132 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Nate Schmidt
NATE SCHMIDT

Rating: 76.6#15 LD

Brayden McNabb
BRAYDEN MCNABB

Rating: 73.1#41 RD

Shea Theodore
SHEA THEODORE

Rating: 76.1#20 LD

Deryk Engelland
DERYK ENGELLAND

Rating: 72.4#55 RD

Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 70.6#115 LD

Colin Miller
COLIN MILLER

Rating: 75.8#22 RD

GOALIES
Marc-Andre Fleury
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY

Rating: 80.0#3 G1

Malcolm Subban
MALCOLM SUBBAN

Rating: 62.5#81 G2

Gameday Prediction

Vegas will be better tonight, but so should Winnipeg be as well. The Jets were flying in the first period of game one but then let off the throttle a bit in the second and third. If Vegas does come with a better effort, the Jets will play a full 60 minutes. They are too good to do otherwise. Jets win 5-3.

  • FishWhiskey

    The second and third periods of game one sure looked to me like the Jets were actually trying not to run up a score against the Knights. If the Jets had put a humiliating blow out on the Knights I am sure Vegas would have the rebound advantage tonight. As it is, I feel the Jets may have just put enough doubts in the Vegas team that they will still be second guessing themselves.