Opportunistic Jets Steal Game 1 From Preds

30 April, 2018, 12:16 | Author: Cecil Davis
  • Toby Enstrom's return will be a big boost for the Jets against the Predators

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) looks to deflect the shot in front of Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) during Game One of Round Two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators, held on April 27, 2018, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Goalie Probables: Getting the nod for the Jets will be Connor Hellebuyck and he will be opposed by Pekka Rinne. "It's awesome and a little different. Intense is the right way to put it". It's a shame this couldn't have been the Western Conference Finals since we have two great teams in action.

Rinne is also a Vezina finalist. Hellebuyck, who finished off Minnesota with back-to-back shutouts, picked up where he left off a week ago.

"But we pay our goaltender, too", Maurice said.

The regular-season numbers tell the tale of two teams evenly matched in nearly every main category, although Nashville clipped the Jets 3-1-1 in their five meetings that featured 41 goals in regulation. As it is, the Jets have stolen home ice advantage - and the Jets had the best home record in the National Hockey League this season.

The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities.

"Every game of the playoffs is a page of a book", Laviolette said. "It is a big game but I wouldn't say it's must-win for anybody". He has three assists in seven playoff games, all coming in wins.

The Predators had the sparkling pregame show with the retractable screen dropping from the ceiling and country star Dierks Bentley singing the USA anthem, and a couple catfish hit the ice before the puck drop to boot. They led the shot battle 12-2 at the halfway point of the first period.

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Then the Jets scored the game's first goal for a sixth consecutive playoff game. Tanev's wrister beat Rinne's outstretched right skate at 14:51 of the first. He was the best player on the ice, turning away 47 shots, including 20 in the first period.

Captain Blake Wheeler doesn't see anybody taking their foot off the gas, happy with a split. "They were throwing everything at the net". And that was only reinforced by the fact that it took the two of us 15 minutes to get the hazard lights to stop blinking in our rental vehicle Saturday morning. "Now pucks have just got to go in".

The coach is informed that the "jet" is a little dinged up but still very much intact. It was only Winnipeg's third shot.

Even with Rinne and Hellebuyck in net, these teams combined for 42 goals in five games in the regular season with Nashville outscoring the Jets 22-20.

Fiala at least helped Nashville avoid being shut out with his wrister 1:23 into the third. The Jets managed just two shots on the backup netminder over 18 minutes before he was pulled for an extra attacker.

Nashville's offensive attack attempted 32.6 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.3 goals per outing (ranked seventh overall in the NHL).

Both teams enter Friday night's contest on the back of resounding 5-0 victories that closed out their respective opening-round series.

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