Vegas Golden Knights (62-26-8) at Winnipeg Jets (61-26-11)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 20, 2018, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Winnipeg Jets / Vegas Golden Knights --- Over/Under:
The Vegas Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets meet Sunday for game five of the NHL Western Conference Finals at the Bell MTS Place.
The Vegas Golden Knights have a chance to pull off the improbable by winning here and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final as an expansion team. The Vegas Golden Knights are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Jonathan Marchessault leads Las Vegas with eight goals, Reilly Smith has 14 assists and James Neal has 54 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Marc-Andre Fleury has given up 26 goals on 473 shots faced. The Vegas Golden Knights have allowed three or less goals in six of their last eight games.
The Winnipeg Jets need a victory to save their season and force a game six on Tuesday. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Scheifele leads Winnipeg with 14 goals, Blake Wheeler has 18 assists and Patrik Laine has 55 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 81.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 38 goals on 479 shots faced and Steve Mason has allowed zero goals on seven shots. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed three or more goals in six of their last 10 games.
The Golden Knights are 12-1 in their last 13 Sunday games, 5-2 in their last 7 road games and 5-1 in their last 6 overall. The Jets are 43-12 in their last 55 home games, 17-5 in their last 22 Sunday games and 35-17 in their last 52 overall. The Golden Knights are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Winnipeg Jets have to be a frustrated bunch, as they've been the aggressor for much of the series and have out shot the Vegas Golden Knights in damn near every game. Even when the Jets find the back of the net, Vegas usually responds right away and zaps any momentum. The first period of game one was the only time the Jets felt in control in any game this series. Call it luck, call it Fleury standing on his head, the bottom line is the Golden Knights have been a money printing machine for bettors this season and that hasn't changed in the playoffs. The Jets could easily win this game, but you're likely getting a great price with the Golden Knights, so like I've done all season, I'm taking it.