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The Golden Knights had a hard time getting possession for most of the 1st period which limited them offensively. They were controlling the Jets in their own end until a mistake from Fleury allowed for an easy tap in for Joel Armia to give Winnipeg the 1-0. An absolute monster effort by Reilly Smith (see below) got the Golden Knights on the board with a shorthanded goal, then Erik Haula found a puck underneath Hellebuyck to give Vegas the lead after 40. Late in the 3rd the Jets tied the game sending it to OT. A wild OT period in which it appeared Winnipeg scored three times ends with a David Perron snipe to give the Golden Knights the win.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.

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Three Stars
*** David Perron
** Connor Hellebuyck
* Marc-Andre Fleury

Second Time Through Telling Story Of Golden Knights Sustainability

One third of the season is gone and the first 27 games couldn’t have gone too much better for the Golden Knights. However, over the course of those games, Vegas has only seen five teams multiple times. In the next 27, they play former opponents for a second or third time 17 times.

So you don’t buy that there’s no book on your team?

Not a chance. No. When people talk about our team they know that we are a team that’s quick and we compete. -Gallant

Why can’t they all be like the Coyotes? (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Arizona Coyotes
Win 2-1 (OT)
Win 5-2
Win 4-2
Win 3-2 (OT)

Anaheim Ducks
Win 4-2
Win 4-3 (SO)

Boston Bruins
Win 3-1
Loss 2-1

Dallas Stars
Win 2-1
Loss 3-0

Winnipeg Jets
Win 5-2
Loss 7-4

Last night’s game was a big one in showing how opposing teams would respond to their second crack at the Golden Knights. It was hard to take much out of the Arizona games because, well, Arizona tends to lose most games no matter how they are played.

However, with Dallas and Winnipeg, the second games were played similarly to the first. With Dallas, Vegas had a tough time getting out in transition, they didn’t get a lot of shot attempts, and the Stars controlled the game. In the first game, the Golden Knights were able to overcome it. In the second game, they were not. Against Winnipeg, Vegas played their style of north-and-south hockey which gave them a jump on the Jets and they were able to ride the hot start to the finish line. The second time against Winnipeg, the 1st period went that way, and there were moments throughout the 2nd and 3rd, but when all was said and done, the Jets came out on top.

Then there’s Boston. The two games were nearly identical with the home team winning each one. They are by no means the style of game Vegas wants to play, but the two games are further proof that the second time through, the games tend to go the same as the first.

The first game in Anaheim was one of the Golden Knights’ best. They were flying around in all three zones, created tons of scoring chances, and were even able to overcome an incredibly hot goalie and a deficit to fight back and get the win they deserved. Last night, it appeared to be going the same way in the 1st, but it came to a screeching halt out of intermission.

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Vegas came out completely flat but were able to turn it on for the back half of the 1st period. Then, it all went downhill. A tough game for Maxime Lagace coupled with some defensive breakdowns and a host of penalties sunk the Golden Knights. Third straight regulation loss.

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Three Stars
*** Matt Hendricks
** Nikolaj Ehlers
* Patrik Laine

Jets, Hellebuyck Have Redemption On The Mind

We like when other goalies suck against the Golden Knights. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Last night the Golden Knights lost a frustrating game in Minnesota. Tonight, they face a Winnipeg team that scored seven unanswered goals against the Wild on Monday night. Since leaving the T-Mobile Arena empty-handed, the Jets rebounded by winning seven out of their next ten games. After being yanked against Vegas, goalie Connor Hellebuyck is on a roll winning five out of his last eight starts. Oh, and he’s been looking forward to his start tonight against the Golden Knights.

Because Hellebuyck got pulled against Vegas, I really expect him to get a chance…. it’s not a redemption game necessarily but I think Connor Hellebyuck is saying to Paul Maurice I want another crack at those guys. -Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun on TSN 1290

The Sun scribe goes on to say Hellebuyck was disappointed by the way he performed in Las Vegas.

I always call them redemption games no matter what, if you lose you get right back on the horse and try again. You have that extra motivation and extra energy.”-Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Goaltender on 11/10 following loss to VGK

Hellebuyck’s next start was a 4-1 victory at home against Arizona. He allowed one goal on 34 shots, and was very happy with his bounce back effort. Four days later, the Jets goaltender still had the Golden Knights game on his mind.

This was definitely my redemption game. Any time you get pulled you have to enter strong, and I’m glad the guys played well in front of me. -Hellebuyck on 11/14

Can we all agree the Jets goaltender has been obsessing over tonight’s game since November 10th? In Winnipeg, the Jets are 8-2-1, and Hellebuyck is undefeated in regulation (8-0-1). It’s a tough matchup regardless for the Golden Knights, but the redemption talk could be real. However, Vegas has only lost three games in a row once this season, so it’s possible they’re looking at tonight as redemption game themselves. Either way, someone will feel redeemed.

My Heart Will Go On

The Jets have plenty of reasons to celebrate this year. Winnipeg is in second place in the Western Conference with 34 points and are on fire at home. Like most clubs, the Jets enjoy a special locker room celebration song. Even after the hot start, it wasn’t until they landed on the Las Vegas Strip that the Jets found the right victory song.

We were in Vegas and we saw the concert with Celine Dion… A lot of guys were singing, big fans I guess. Now, it started to become one of the song after we win. It’s pretty funny to see some of the rough, tough guys singing Celine Dion. –Josh Morrissey, Winnipeg Defenseman to TSN1290

What ripoff artists. The Winnipeg boys came to town, enjoyed Strip entertainment and then took it home with them. I know Celine is Canadian, but she’s ours now. Plus, the Golden Knights organization already plays “My Heart Will Go On” on the KnightTron.

I know pro sports are copy-cat leagues but stealing celebration songs from an opposing team’s Jumbotron is stepping over line. If this were college football, a golden Celine trophy would be on the line tonight, and this game would be “more than just a hockey game.”

Some of the Las Vegas Strip’s finest entertainment 🤩😎 #VegasBorn

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Next thing you know these posers are going to have a Gila monster as a pet in their locker room.

Winnipeg Jets Complimentary Of Golden Knights And T-Mobile Arena

These people are why Vegas is so good at home. These exact people. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Winnipeg Jets came into Las Vegas having earned a point in each of their previous eight games. That stretch ended abruptly when they faced a team on a streak of their own. After last night’s 5-2 Golden Knights victory, Vegas has now won six straight games at T-Mobile Arena, something the Jets were aware of coming in.

They were everything that we expected. Our preparation before the game showed that hockey team. You know I said how once you get out there, we just couldn’t get out of our zone. –Blake Wheeler, Jets Captain

The Captain didn’t seem upset or frustrated, if anything, he was more impressed with the team he faced.

I think just the way they play, their forecheck is really tough to break. They are great at getting above the puck. There just wasn’t a whole lot of space to make plays. You have got to give them a lot of credit, we made a lot of mistakes that cost us, gave them a little bit too much space. They really capitalize on their looks and you have to give them credit. They played a good hockey game tonight. -Wheeler

Wheeler expected a strong effort from Vegas but wasn’t stunned by the loss. Looking forward, expect Winnipeg to be even more prepared for the Golden Knights.

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After a reasonably slow start by both teams, the Golden Knights used their forechecking and transition game to jump out to a 2-0 lead. 2nd period magic returns as the Golden Knights dominate the center frame and coast to what might be their most impressive win of the year against a good Winnipeg Jets team.

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Three Stars

K*** Maxime Lagace
** Reilly Smith
* William Karlsson

Mock Expansion Draft – Protected Players – Winnipeg Jets

The first step to our mock draft is to establish the list of players that will be available for the Las Vegas franchise to draft. To do this, we decided to have a blogger from each team represent their own franchise and select the players that will be protected from the Mock Expansion Draft available player pool. To see the rules which were followed to protect players, hit this link.

Next up, we have the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are being represented by Trevor Rinn from

Protected Players

Analysis from

As the Winnipeg Jets have already been crowned the 2019 Stanley Cup Champions, via The Hockey News, (we here at The Sin Bin do not condone this message) there should be little question that it doesn’t matter who is taken in this expansion draft. The 2019 Cup is already spoken for. It does, however, speak volumes about the prospects that will become available to the newcomers.

The toughest decision when deciding who to protect for this expansion draft came down to two players – Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien. Both are entering the last year of their respective contracts, and are not locks to even be in Winnipeg by the time 2017-18 rolls around. With that in mind, I’ve made the assumption that both will re-sign, and protected them accordingly. If they are not re-signed, I’m going to assume that at least one player from each deal Kevin Chevaldayoff makes will end up on the protected list.

The only goalie to be protected was Connor Hellebuyck, as any team that wants Ondrej Pavelec is welcome to him. Michael Hutchinson, while excellent in 2014-15 is going to be a UFA next year and would likely be let go regardless – to make room for Hellebucyk. The choice was relatively easy.

The choice to only protect one goalie was also made easier by the plethora of quality defensemen in the Winnipeg Jets line up. A top-four of Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Tyler Myers, and Jacob Trouba is something that should be retained, and Josh Morrissey is developing nicely, and was a priority for protection.

There is also a lot of youth in the forward corps that needed to be blocked off from expansion poaching. While mainstays like Blake Wheeler, Brian Little, and Mark Scheifele were pretty much automatic, spots were also reserved for Nic Petan and Nikolaj Ehlers – just two of the Jets many highly touted prospects.

The downside to this is that it does leave a lot of young talent at risk of taking flight. Joel Armia, Eric Comrie, Brendan Lemieux, Andrew Copp – all there for the taking.

It does leave some other interesting pieces open to the expansion teams. Drew Stafford is likely to get snapped up, as he’s a solid veteran who can put the puck in the net, and there is no shortage of NHL-ready defensemen to pick from. Pavelec is a proven NHL starter, and while his numbers may not be great, a team that takes him know they are getting someone that can play 65+ games in a year.

The entire list of unprotected players that will be available for Team Lane and Team Pothier to select from can be found here.

To see more team explanations just like this one, check out The Sin Bin Mock Expansion Draft Landing Page.

Special thanks again to Trevor Rinn from Be sure to follow @ArcticIceHockey on Twitter, and heck, throw us (@SinBinVegas) a follow too while you’re at it.

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