The Vegas Golden Knights were shell-shocked in just about under ten minutes in of the Western Conference Finals. There just looked like there were some nerves from the expansion franchise. Everything is a first for Vegas in 2017-18, and they wasted little time making this year their first conference finals. After getting behind the 8-ball in the 1st period, the Knights have looked like the better team. Remember, the Jets got away with a pretty controversial call in Game 1. The Jets were awarded the goal, but maybe if it was someone else looking at the tape in the war room in Toronto, they may have declared a kick or goaltender interference. Calls really haven’t been consistent when it comes to interference, so who knows what somebody else could have ruled.
Vegas return home where they will have a supportive crowd behind them. I went to the watch party for Game 1 in Las Vegas and they had just as much support as a team that has been around for more than a year. I said that the onus was on Gerard Gallant to counter the size of the Jets. He had to draw up a game plan that was going to disrupt the size advantage for the Jets. Mission accomplished, as the Knights played like the bigger. Like they say, make yourself big, and that’s what they were able to do. Winnipeg must win at least one in Las Vegas. Good luck winning three in a row on this resilient Vegas Golden Knights squad. I will be attending this one at the T-Mobile, so hopefully I can hit the window after. Head below for our free Jets vs. Golden Knights Game 3 pick.
Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights Game 3 Pick
The Jets need to take the crowd out of it early. In Game 1 it was a hot start that got their crowd into it. Now they have to remove the crowd from the game. There will be a decent enough Jets’ fans there to support them. Garrard was terrific in changing the dynamics of the series by slowing things down. What the Golden Knights have been fantastic at doing this year is altering their style to whatever the other team is doing. Full credit goes to this coaching staff to properly have this team prepared. No offence to Bob Boughner, he’s a good coach, but the Panthers should have never parted ways with Gerard Gallant.
Jordan Marchessault led the way with 2 goals. He’s a castaway from the Panthers as well who has found a role in Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury had a nice bounce back performance, as the Jets failed to solve him as easily in Game 2. The Knights are 1st in the playoffs, allowing less than 2 goals per game. The Jets now have to spend a few days in Vegas for Game 3 and 4. It provides the ultimate in home ice advantage for the Knights. Before Game 2 I said that Vegas has to get back home where they’ll feel much more comfortable. Well, they didn’t really need it in their 3-1 win but it’s not to say it won’t help majority here. I expect a ton of energy from the Knights at the T-Mobile Arena. Winnipeg got the same in Game 1, now it’s the Golden Knights turn. I have this thing going seven games. In any case, the ball lands on black in Vegas on Wednesday night.