Jets at Golden Knights 5/16/18 - NHL Picks & Predictions
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Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights
NHL: 9:00 PM EST
May. 16, 2018
Latest Odds : VEG -145 O/U 5.5
The Winnipeg Jets visit the Vegas Golden Knights for Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference Finals best of seven series.
The series is tied 1-1 after Vegas won Game 2 on Monday 3-1 behind two goals by Jonathan Marchessault. Vegas showed resilience in Game 2 bouncing back from a Game 1 loss and now holding home ice advantage. Tomas Tatar scored first for Vegas at 6:37 of the first period followed by two Marchessault goals. Marc-Andres Fleury made 30 saves for the Golden Knights. Winnipeg’s only goal came off the stick of Kyle Connor halfway through the third period. The Jet’s Connor Hellebuyck stopped 25 shots on the night. It appears that the rustiness that plagued Vegas in Game 1 is gone, while Winnipeg appeared a step behind in Game 2.
During the postseason, Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in goals scored with 12. Blake Wheeler is the team leader in assists with 15 and points with 18. Connor Hellebuyck is 9-5 in 14 appearances in net for the Jets, with a goal’s against average of 2.29 and a save percentage of .924. During the regular season, Winnipeg was 2nd in goals scored per game at 3.3, 5th in goals against per game at 2.6, 5th in power play percentage at 23.4, and 8th in penalty kill percentage at 81.8.
During the postseason, Jonathan Marchessault is leading Vegas in goals scored with six and in points with 15, while Reilly Smith leads in assists with 13. In goal, Marc-Andre Fleury is 9-3 with a goals against of 1.68 and a save percentage of .945 after 12 postseason games. During the regular season, Vegas was 5th in goals scored per game at 3.3, 8th in goals against per game at 2.7, 11th in power play percentage at 21.4, and 10th in penalty kill percentage at 81.4.
Recent Betting Trends:
Winnipeg is 4-1 in its last 5 games on the road
The OVER has cashed in 6 of the Jets last 8 road games
Vegas is 12-3 in its last 15 games played
The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the last 5 Golden Knights games against Western Conference teams
Free Betting Pick: Vegas Golden Knighs -145
The series cannot be any closer; tied at 1-1, and 5 goals scored by each team after two games. Home ice will be big for Vegas, as the Golden Knights had 32 wins in 44 home games thus far. Final Score Prediction, Vegas Golden Knights win as the hard working defense of Vegas gets it done again 3-2.