That could be bad news for Seattle, who are unlikely to start their inaugural season with a team as good as the Golden Knights.
IF you are one of the few who were lucky enough to get a ticket to the "free" Winnipeg street party downtown during game one of the Western Conference finals tonight count yourself lucky.
The Jets have exceeded every expectation placed on them this season and then some.
Just how far they go will depend largely on the play of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup victor with Pittsburgh. They lost to Pittsburgh in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final last June.
What style of series is Maurice expecting after the Jets and Nashville Predators saw an odd collection of high-scoring and low-scoring affairs in Round 2? The Golden Knights have gone 26-20 on the road and they have averaged 2.89 gpg and have allowed 2.87 gpg in those games. Marc-Andre Fleury and backup goalie Malcom Subban were out for extended periods of time, and they kept winning.
Like many Vegas shows, that's a tough act to follow. Instead of one underdog, the Golden Knights have a team full of of them, all of them with something to prove to the teams that gave up on them.
"We know they're going to come back faster and harder than they did, and they played a really good game (Saturday)", Marchand said of the.
The Winnipeg Jets are in their first Conference Final for the first time ever while playing in the National Hockey League. Their first home games will be a double header on Sunday, June 3 at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. when the Souris Cardinals and the Wawanesa Brewers come to town. "The two teams we played were very good hockey teams and we were very evenly matched with those teams".
The bigger problem, the one that should matter to Jets fans, is this: are the Jets hung over from their efforts and now face a fresh and rested Golden Knights, a team that seem to have no rest for the tired?
With his two-goal effort, Scheifele set a new National Hockey League record, finishing with seven road goals in the series and now has an NHL-leading 11 in the playoffs.
The under is 7-1 in the last seven Jets home games.
Grabbing the win was Connor Hellebuyck, who stopped 36 of the 37 shots that he faced to improve to 8-4 with a 2.25 GAA and a.927 save percentage in this his first season of playoff action. His save percentage of.924 looks very much like his regular-season mark of.922.
4 - The Golden Knights were the first National Hockey League team to clinch a playoff berth in its debut season since the Edmonton Oilers and Hartford Whalers did so in 1979-80.
Las Vegas right winger Reilly Smith only has one goal in 10 playoff games, off the pace of when he had 22 regular season goals in 67 games.
2 - Karlsson, one of the Golden Knights' best players, had only 18 career goals entering this season. And then the Golden Knights went out and played the game with speed and grit that far exceeded their expected norms. I'm not putting anything past this storybook Golden Knights team. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals slayed the dragon, the Jets stunned Nashville on home ice in a thrilling game 7, the Lightning dispatched the Bruins in 5 despite Brad Marchand's licks, and Fleury and the Knights shut out the Sharks on home ice to win in six. I think we just played a big game, and they're growing even bigger from here on out, so you know, you want to do a lot of the same things we did [on Thursday] in Nashville.