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Recap: The Golden Knights And Winnipeg Jets faced off for the second team in the NHL playoffs. Game 1 started off tight with both teams limiting quality chances. Winnipeg outshot Vegas 14 to 8 but the game was locked in scoreless tie after the opening period. 

Winnipeg got off to a quick start to the second period. The Jets opened the scoring 1:24 into the frame. Before the Golden Knights could settle in the Jets took a 2-0 lead. Late in the opening period William Karlsson cut the visiting teams lead in half. 

After some sustained pressure, Winnipeg regained their two-goal advantage 3:53 into the final frame. The Golden Knights had several chances, including a late power play but couldn’t generate any offense. In the final minutes Winnipeg added an empty net and a garbage time power play goal. 

The Golden Knights drop Game 1 to the Jets 5-1 and trail by one in the seven-game series. Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday night at 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights fell into a bit of the trap they’ve been hampered with in playoffs past. Not enough going to the net which only amplified when they started having problems getting through the neutral zone. Top players weren’t good enough either. VGK must look themselves in the mirror and figure out the right way to play, and in a hurry, before Thursday. (Analysis by Ken)

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Reaching Three Goal On Connor Hellebuyck Will Advance VGK To Next Round

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If the first night of the playoffs is any indication of what Game 1 between Vegas and Winnipeg will be like, get ready for an emotional evening. In four games, two home and two away teams won and all but one went under the total. Betting numbers aside, the play was low-scoring, nasty, physical, and tight. If tonight’s game trends the same it could benefit the visiting Jets.

Look at the history of our sport. How many Conn Smythe winners have been goalies? Whoever is going to win the Stanley Cup is going to get outstanding goaltending from the first playoff game on. We know Connor is going to give us that. -Rick Bowness, Jets coach

Without a doubt, goaltending is Winnipeg’s biggest strength. Historically, Vegas has had success against Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, including three victories this season. In 11 total games, the Golden Knights averaged 2.99 goals per game against the 2020 Vezina Award winner. It’s important for Vegas’ offense to continue their scoring average on Hellebuyck. The numbers are clear.

VGK Offense vs. Connor Hellebuyck

  • VGK Record When Offense Scores 3+ Goals: (47-3-2)
  • WPG Record When Hellebuyck Allows 0-2 Goals: (32-4-0)

Fans hear it every postseason; the team that scores three goals will likely win a playoff game. Vegas should feel good about their ability to average three or more per postseason game. The Golden Knights pulled it off 52 times in the regular season and won 47 of those games. However, it’ll be a bigger challenge to average three goals a game in their opening-round matchup with Winnipeg.

Hellebuyck Record Per Goals Allowed

  • Exactly 3 Goals Allowed: (1-12-0)
  • 4 Or More Goals Allowed: (4-9-1)
  • Total Record Allowing 3+ Goals: (5-21-1)

Three out of the four winning teams last night scored three or more goals. Dating back to last season, seven out of the eight Game 1 victors registered 3+ goals. That key number is even more crucial for both Vegas and Winnipeg.

We’re capable of winning. There is no question. We’re here to win. We’re not here to give these guys a little workout and move on to the next round. We’re here to win. -Bowness, Jets coach

Tonight’s game will likely be exciting, intense, and with little room to shoot on net. If Vegas can solve Hellebuyck and get to their three-goal mark, past results suggest success. Hellebuyck’s numbers are outstanding when a game is low-scoring and tight but when a game becomes offensive and open the Golden Knights hold an enormous edge.

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Get To Know Every Winnipeg Jets Skater

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The Winnipeg Jets roster has quite a few recognizable names that even the most casual hockey fan would know. The series will depend on much more than just them though and that’s why as a VGK fan you should know more about their entire roster. To help you with that, we went to one of the best sources out there to help fill us in.

With the help of Drew Mindell from (let’s be honest, he did all the work, I did almost nothing but type the words out), here’s a rundown of every player likely to play in the series. They are organized in order of their place in the lineup.

Kyle Connor (1st Line LW)

One of the Jets most prolific goal scorers and a sneaky passer and playmaker as well. Also a member of the All VGK Killer team having racked up 10 goals and 11 assists in 14 regular season games against the Golden Knights.

Pierre-Luc Dubois (1st Line C)

Future with the Jets is in flux with many reports of him wanting to play in Montreal. Has taken on the responsibility as the 1C with Mark Scheifele moving to his right wing. Incredibly difficult to play against with his physicality and strength as well as high-end skill. Strong defensively too.

Mark Sheifele (1st Line RW)

Highest goal scorer on the team, has had an interesting season in which he went through a difficult drought and was even benched during a game. Has returned to full form and accepted his move to the wing after playing center for most of his NHL career and fit in well on an excellent 1st line with Kyler Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Nikolaj Ehlers (2nd Line LW)

A zone entry machine, he couples speed and skill to push back defenders when carrying the puck. Took a while to work through a sports hernia injury but has been playing much better until the most recent injury that got Ryan Hartman suspended. Definitely one of the Jets’ most dangerous attacking players. Expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 but not a guarantee.

Vladislav Namestnikov (2nd Line C)

Acquired at the deadline, has stepped into a role as the #2 center pushing long-time center Mark Scheifele to the wing. Has been excellent since coming to the team experiencing strong chemistry with Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers.

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Tale Of The Tape: How The Golden Knights Stack Up Against The Winnipeg Jets

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The playoffs are here! In the first round, the Golden Knights will take on a familiar playoff foe in a rematch of the 2018 Western Conference Final, the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets locked up their spot in the playoffs a few days ago holding off Calgary and Nashville for the West’s final spot before resting most of their lineup last night in Game 82.

They enter the series playing some of the best hockey they’ve played all season winning five of the last six games they fielded a full roster including wins over New Jersey, Minnesota, Calgary, and Nashville.

Let’s dive into the stats to see how the two teams matchup in ahead of Game 1 on Tuesday.

Vegas: 51-22-9, 111 points (5th)
Winnipeg: 46-33-3, 95 points (14th)

Goals For
Vegas: 272, 3.32 per game (14th)
Winnipeg: 247, 3.01 per game (21st)

Goals Against
Winnipeg: 225, 2.74 per game (8th)
Vegas: 229, 2.79 per game (11th)

Shots For
Vegas: 2587, 31.5 per game (15th)
Winnipeg: 2486, 30.3 per game (21st)

Save Percentage
Vegas: .911 (7th)
Winnipeg: .910 (T-10th)

Power Play
Vegas: 20.3% (18th)
Winnipeg: 19.26% (23rd)

Penalty Kill
Winnipeg: 82.4% (6th)
Vegas: 77.4% (19th)

Vegas: 1494 (1st)
Winnipeg: 1113 (26th)

Vegas: 1930 (13th)
Winnipeg: 1802 (21st)

As you can see, most of the overall team numbers favor the Golden Knights. The margins are fairly thin though. Despite not having the strongest defensive corps, the Jets have been good defensively allowing four fewer goals than Vegas this season. They are also excellent on the penalty kill over the course of the season, but it has dipped recently as they are killing at just 73.3% over the last 10 games and have allowed at least one PP goal in eight of their last 10.

Of course, blocks have been a huge part of the Golden Knights’ game this season. The same cannot be said about the Jets. Winnipeg block about six fewer shots per game than the Golden Knights.

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VGK Fans Hoping Next Two Games Are Not A 1st-Round Preview

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Since the NHL trade deadline, the Golden Knights are 9-2-0. It’s an impressive run for a team reconfiguring its lineup in preparation for the playoffs. So far, deadline acquisitions Ivan Barbashev and Teddy Blueger have fit right and added impact to both the top and bottom six. In fact, Vegas has one of the highest goals per game averages since March 3rd (3.90). The local club is unquestionably heading into the postseason in the right direction.

Really good win for us. Big win. It tells something, you have depth in the team. Every single line is doing their job. -Ivan Barbashev

With their consistent, successful play of late the Golden Knights look ready for any potential first-round matchup. Unfortunately, injuries have crept up on the Golden Knights in the past couple of weeks. Reilly Smith and Logan Thompson were the latest to be infected by the injury bug but there is plenty of time left for both to heal and rejoin their teammates. So pushing the injuries aside let’s take a look at the teams Vegas could host in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Winnipeg Jets

If the season ended today, the Golden Knights would welcome the Winnipeg Jets for a best-of-seven-game series. What would be a matchup of the 2018 Western Conference finals, Vegas should feel comfortable facing the Jets. This season Vegas is a perfect 3-0-0 against Winnipeg. Sure, two were tight games but the 31st franchise came away with six standings points to the Jets one. On the other hand, Winnipeg’s lineup is led by one of the best goaltenders in the NHL.

Currently, Connor Hellebuyck is tied for the second lowest odds to win the Vezina Trophy behind runaway candidate Linus Ullmark. The Jets goalie is holding teams to 2.55 goals per game, is top three in Goalie Point shares (12.2), and top four in goals saved above replacement (24). When you tie in Hellebuyck’s superb numbers with the Golden Knights struggling expected goals for numbers, a first-round matchup against the Jets doesn’t look as one-sided as it was in the regular season. While Vegas will be a favorite to win the first-round series, it could come down to the Golden Knights goalies outperforming the 2020 Vezina award winner.

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VGK Looking To Feast On Another Tired Opponent

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Even though the Golden Knights haven’t taken on the New York Islanders yet this season, VGK return home to a familiar situation. For the 5th time this year, Vegas will take on a team on the second game of a back-to-back.

Last night, the Islanders lost 5-4 to the Arizona Coyotes extending their losing streak to three. They are the third of the previous four teams to lose the front end of the back-to-back before taking on the Golden Knights.

VGK are 3-1-0 in the first four and there are lessons to learn about those games to help give perspective on what we might see tonight.

10/13 vs Chicago Blackhawks
VGK win 1-0

Vegas 2nd game of the season they took on a Blackhawks team that had played the night before in Colorado. Chicago got blasted against the defending champions, allowing four power play goals. The game was 4-1 heading into the 3rd and Chicago ultimately fell 5-2.

The Hawks looked much better against the Golden Knights the following night. They came out and blitzed Vegas attempting 25 shot attempts and generating six high-danger chances in the 1st period. But, Logan Thomspon was tremendous stopping all 10 Blackhawk shots. VGK took over from there landing 17 scoring chances in the 2nd period alone while allowing just 10 the rest of the game. A goal from Paul Cotter was the only one of the game.

Chicago switched goalies from their game the night before in Colorado. Backup Alex Stalock took on the Golden Knights and was excellent in this game.

10/20 vs Winnipeg Jets
VGK win 5-2

This one was the opposite of the Chicago game as the Golden Knights jumped all over the tired Jets, scoring four times in the 1st. Winnipeg also visited Colorado the night before and played into overtime where they defeated the Avs 4-3. Winnipeg held a 3-1 lead in that game but a pair of late 2nd period goals sent it to intermission tied at three where it would stay until OT.

The advanced stats tell a much different story of the game in Vegas though. Despite scoring four times, per Vegas landed just four scoring chances and none qualified as high-danger in the 1st period. It was an opportunistic effort from VGK scoring early and often against a backup goalie. The next two periods, like against Chicago, Vegas locked it down allowing just three high-danger chances.

The Jets also chose to play their starter in the front end of the back-to-back before facing the Golden Knights. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 of 33 in Colorado while David Rittich got lit up in Vegas allowing four goals on 13 1st period shots.

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Vegas Continues To Topple Quality Opponents On The Road

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Last week we examined how the Golden Knights are taking care of business when facing non-contenders. When points are easily available, Vegas along with other threatening teams, tend to scoop them up. Now, the same can be said for when the Golden Knights face off against the league’s best, especially away from home. Tuesday in Winnipeg was Vegas’ latest example of a quality win.

The Golden Knights held leads of 2-1 and 3-2, only to walk away with a 6-5 victory. On the road vs. a quality opponent, the 31st franchise drew two penalties that changed the game. Jonathan Marchessault tallied the game-tying and tie-breaking goals to put the Golden Knights in the driver’s seat. Not only did they beat the Jets at home, they swept the season series between the two. That’s six points against a Western Conference team with a .661 points percentage.

Through 31 games the Golden Knights have several quality victories. Down center Jack Eichel and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, Vegas knocked off a dangerous Bruins team in Boston earlier this month. Also, the Golden Knights took two of two against the 44-point Toronto Maple Leafs.

2022-23 VGK Quality Wins

  • 10/20: VGK 5 vs. WPG 2
  • 10/24: VGK 3 vs. TOR 1
  • 10/30: VGK 2 vs. WPG 1 OT
  • 11/08: VGK 4 @ TOR 3 OT
  • 12/05: VGK 4 @ BOS SO
  • 12/13: VGK 6 @ WPG 5

There’s an argument to be made that Vegas has more quality victories this season. Both LA and Seattle are currently in playoff positions but neither are on the same level as Boston or Toronto.

Taking a deeper dive into Winnipeg, the Golden Knights were without their biggest offensive weapon and their two deep threats from the blueline. Somehow, the scrambled lineup managed to net six goals against Jets on the road. It also marked the second time this season that Vegas handled 2020 Vezina winner Connor Hellebuyck.

To be fair, the Golden Knights have lost to a handful of quality clubs. In their ten losses, Vegas lost six times to postseason hopefuls. One in overtime. Starting in early 2023, the Golden Knights will play 11 of their first 12 games against playoff contenders. Vegas will host Pittsburgh, LA, Florida, Edmonton, Dallas, Detroit, and Washington. They’ll travel to Colorado, New Jersey, and New York for two games. January will be the most challenging month the Golden Knights have faced this season. Thankfully, they banked enough support points in 2022.


Recap: The Golden Knights were looking to sweep their season series with the Jets up north in Winnipeg. The Jets got on the board first but fill-in defenseman Daniil Miromanov evened to score a couple of minutes later. As the period was winding down, Mark Stone scooped up a rebound and score :02 left in the opening period. The Golden Knights carried a 2-1 advantage into the 1st intermission. 

Winnipeg tied the game midway through the 2nd period but Stone regained the lead for Vegas with his second goal of the contest. However, the Jets scored the equalizer :39 later. 

The home team took advantage of a power play carried over from the 2nd period but Jonathan Marchessault matched Winnipeg with a PP goal of his own. Marchessault scored his second PP goal of the period and William Karlsson clinched the game with a late empty-net goal.

The Golden Knights’ record improves to 21-9-1 beating the Jets 6-5 in Winnipeg. Vegas wraps up their two-game road trip on Thursday night in Chicago. Puck drop against the Blackhawks is scheduled for 5:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The mystery of why the Golden Knights can score on the road but can’t seem to find the back of the net at home continues. And it continues in a big way as VGK score two huge power play goals in the 3rd period to steal a game that certainly looked like it was headed the other way. Big time players stepped up in big time spots and it gave VGK a much-needed win for the psyche. (Recap by Ken)

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Recap: The Golden Knights hosted the Winnipeg Jets for the second time in the last ten days. The 1st period was tight on both ends of the ice. Neither team could find the back of the net and the game was locked in a scoreless tie after 20 minutes. 

The game continued to tighten up in the middle frame. Both teams had several chances on net but each goaltender stood tall and kept the game in a scoreless lock. 

The offense picked up in the 3rd period with the Jets picking up the first goal of the game. Mark Stone later tied the game to force overtime. Jack Eichel ended the game 2-1 with seconds remaining in OT. 

The Golden Knights record improves to 8-2 defeating the Jets 2-1 in OT. Vegas will travel to the East Coast for a five game road trip starting in Washington DC. Tuesday’s game against the Capitals is scheduled for 4P PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights were absolutely brilliant for a majority of the hockey game, especially the first 40 minutes. They could not solve the mystery of Connor Hellebuyck and the posts but they continued to work even when falling behind. OT wasn’t my favorite, but Eichel pulled out the superhero cape and rescued it. VGK deserved to win, and they did. (Recap by Ken)

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