NHL Betting Odds – Can Vegas Knot Up Series in game 2
The Vegas Golden Knights will look to bounce back from their humbling loss in Game 1 to tie up their Western Conference Finals matchup against the explosive Winnipeg Jets when Game 2 gets underway up North on Monday night. If you’re looking to find out which team is offering the best NHL betting odds value in this matchup, then you’ve come to the right place!
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What: Vegas Golden Knights (59-25-8) at Winnipeg Jets (60-23-11)
When: Monday, May 14, 2018, at 8:00 PM
Where: MTS Centre
The Line: Winnipeg Jets -1½ +180 | -150 | U 6 -120
The Vegas Golden Knights have answered the bell all season long. Every time they’ve been doubted, they’ve come out swinging to record more wins while dispatching the next unsuspecting opponent. Now, down 1-0 in their Western Conference Finals matchup against Winnipeg, the Knights are looking to answer the bell once again. Vegas was on the wrong end of a humbling 4-2 loss on Saturday night against the high-scoring Jets and now they’re looking to tie things up.
“Next game, no excuses,” Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault said. “Everybody needs to come and be ready to play our best game of the playoffs. We’re going to show what kind of team we are.”
“They scored on the first shift and played really well,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant told reporters after the game. “We were chasing the game all night. They outworked us.”
Ironically, Golden Knights all-star goalie Marc-Andre Fleury actually played well and never gave up any soft goals. Fleury stopped 22 of 26 shots in the loss. Still, his coach has supreme confidence in the Stanley Cup winner.
“He’s the best goalie in the playoffs as far as I’m concerned,” Gallant said.
Jets coach Paul Maurice told reporters on Sunday that his team has plenty of confidence in their own goalie, the unheralded Connor Hellebuyck, who is playing in the first postseason of his career after a roller-coaster 2016-17 campaign.
“Connor had a difficult year last year,” Maurice said. “Most of the conversation we had about it was how necessary it was (so he could learn) what it’s like to get pulled, what it’s like to play well and lose, what it’s like to feel the pressure in a Canadian market when there are questions about the goaltending. He handled it.
“He’s mentally tough kid. He had a lot of internal confidence. All of the things he went through last year directly helped him mentally prepare for this year.”
Winnipeg got three first period goals and never looked back on Saturday night and just looked more prepared after just finishing up their second-round series in seven tough games against Nashville while the Knights had been off a bit longer after dispatching San Jose.
“We did take advantage of being game ready,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.
Before this season, no NHL team in Winnipeg had advanced beyond the second round, but these Jets are clearly a different breed.
While I really like Vegas and I certainly don’t expect them to roll over and just let Winnipeg have their way, I am going to urge you to back the speedy Jets to get another win in Game 2 at home on Monday night. While the Golden Knights are 11-3 in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record and 41-20 in their last 61 against their Western Conference rivals, Vegas is also just 2-5 in their last 7 road games against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600. Conversely, the Jets are an insane 43-11 in their last 54 home games, 21-6 in their last 27 games against teams from the Pacific division and 8-3 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600. Winnipeg wins Game 2 in a thriller!
Pick: Winnipeg 3 Vegas 2
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