A hugely important Western Conference battle will go down Tuesday evening, mere hours after the NHL’s Trade Deadline came and went. The deadline was particularly adventurous for the Vegas Golden Knights, who hit a bit of a cap-clearing snafu with their trades yesterday in trying to rid themselves of forward Evgeni Dadonov. The Russian winger was slated to be headed to Anaheim, but cap complications prevented that from occurring. As a result, Vegas could have some pretty serious cap-related issues down the line when their healthier options are slated to return from injury.
In the meantime though, the Knights need points as they remain in a pretty tight race for the playoffs in the Western Conference. A tough shutout defeat to Minnesota last night, has only heightened fears of missing the playoffs once May rolls around. While Vegas started the season red-hot, injuries have really impacted this roster. After another tough loss last night in Minnesota, the Knights will now need to turn around and try to secure a result against a Winnipeg squad in a similar spot.
The Jets did a bit of selling and buying at the deadline, and though they enter Tuesday’s crucial clash on the outside looking in – a win over the Knights could vault them back into contention. Though they traded out Andrew Copp, Winnipeg brought back a familiar depth piece in Mason Appleton. The rangy winger should really help the depth scoring and feistiness of this overall squad. The Jets sit four back of Vegas for the West’s final spot, and Tuesday’s match-up should be critical for the playoffs.
With the regular season rapidly winding down, every game and point becomes essential going forward. Tuesday’s big-time Western Conference game in Winnipeg remains no different. These two teams played just over a week ago, with Winnipeg throttling Vegas by a
7-3 scoreline. Will Tuesday’s latest encounter be any different? Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for added insight, trends, news, and betting analysis for Vegas vs. the Jets. Enjoy the game, folks!
Mason Appleton is going back to the Jets!
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) March 21, 2022
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets Live Odds & Betting History
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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Winnipeg Jets Prediction:
The Knights will look to continue their playoff push, but enter Tuesday evening without much going in their favour of late. Much of that can be attributed to crucial injuries throughout their lineup that have severely impacted the depth of this squad. Vegas will again be without Robin Lehner in goal, along with stars Max Pacioretty, Reilly Smith, and Mark Stone up front. While Jack Eichel remains in the lineup, it’s clear from his recent play that he isn’t at 100% just yet. Logan Thompson wasn’t great between the pipes last night in Minnesota, so expect Vegas to turn to Laurent Brossoit in goal. In a tough back-to-back spot, the schedule hasn’t been kind to the Knights of late.
The Jets meanwhile enter the healthiest they’ve been all season, and will look to some of their young stars and heralded offense to push this team forward. While their defensive play and zone structure has lacked this season, Winnipeg’s high-octane attack remains their top path to success. Nik Ehlers scored two goals in their last game, and surrounded by Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kyle Connor, and Mark Scheifele – that skilled quartet should be able to wear down a tired Vegas roster. Winnipeg is 5-2 in their past seven contests, scoring a remarkable 4.28 goals per game. Against a Vegas team that is thin on NHL talent and depth, look for Winnipeg to once again take advantage of their shortcomings.
And while Connor Hellebuyck hasn’t necessarily found his Vezina form between the pipes for the Jets, with Winnipeg’s recent play he’s not going to have to be spectacular against a severely depleted Knights’ roster. Vegas aren’t producing quality chances at the moment, and expect the rested, hungrier, and much healthier Jets team to cruise to another crucial victory for their playoff push.
Updated list of Golden Knights current injuries:
• Jack Eichel
• Mark Stone
• Max Pacioretty
• Robin Lehner
• Reilly Smith
• Alec Martinez
• Brayden McNabb
• Nic Hague
• Ben Hutton (COVID)
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) March 18, 2022
Golden Knights vs. Jets Trends To Know:
- Golden Knights are 4-10 in their last 14 vs. Western Conference.
- Golden Knights are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Golden Knights are 0-6 in their last 6 road games.
- Jets are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Jets are 4-0 in their last 4 Tuesday games.
- Jets are 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
- Golden Knights are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
The Knights are simply decimated and have to be tired in a back-to-back spot. The drama surrounding their acquisitions and trade deadline manoeuvring has surely spilled into the locker room, and it’s tough to see this group being able to knock off a red-hot Jets squad on home ice. Winnipeg knows this is a huge game for their playoff push, and if the trends are any indication, the Jets should secure a crucial two points.