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Jets vs Golden Knights Game 1 Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Vegas Looks To Quell Upset Talks Against Winnipeg

There tends to be a notable upset in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Going by the NHL lines, there is chatter among fans and media members that the Winnipeg Jets could be that underdog against the Vegas Golden Knights. Winnipeg holds a few advantages over Vegas, namely in goal with Connor Hellebuyck. But the Knights are the better team and should establish themselves quickly.

Jets Have Recipe to be Underdog Winners

When it comes to underdogs that can bark in the playoffs, there are two notable aspects that the Winnipeg Jets possess: 1) a handful of All-Stars that can create explosive offense; and 2) an elite goaltender who can steal a playoff series. That’s why the Jets are just slight underdogs on the series’ online sports betting odds.

Jets vs Golden Knights Game 1 Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks
Jets vs Golden Knights Game 1 Prediction, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

But it’s not that simple. For one, the Jets got swept by the Golden Knights in the regular season (0-2-1). Hellebuyck allowed seven goals on 80 shots and his 3.40 goals-against average (GAA) is his fourth-worst against teams he faced twice or more. Also, the Jets’ offense managed just 2.34 goals per 60 minutes on 5-on-5.

These won’t cut it. The Jets either have to expose one of Vegas’s goaltenders or Hellebuyck will have to stand tall for an upset to materialize. Fortunately for Winnipeg, it will go against a familiar goaltender in Laurent Brossoit. This could be beneficial when betting online.

Golden Knights May Have Weakness in Goal

A lot of consensus NHL picks are against the Vegas Golden Knights due to one glaring hole: goaltending. With Logan Thompson out indefinitely, the Knights have to make do with a tandem of Brossoit and Jonathan Quick. The former is a career backup and the latter is on his last legs.

Brossoit has also not fared well against his former team. In three starts versus the Jets, Brossoit is 0-1-2 with a 3.82 GAA and a measly 88 percent save percentage. Lately, the 30-year-old has played well for Vegas and is in peak form entering the postseason. So if momentum counts for anything, Brossoit should improve on his subpar stats when meeting Winnipeg.

The NHL news also reports on the return of several key players, like Vegas captain Mark Stone. The oft-injured forward had 17 goals in 43 games prior to going on the long-term injured reserve (LTIR). He may be rusty given his last game came on Jan. 12. But at his best, he is a two-way force that will give Vegas an edge when he’s on the ice.

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Jets vs Golden Knights Head-to-Head

The Knights have won six of its last nine home games versus the Jets. The totals have gone over or pushed (3-2-1) in four of these teams’ last six games in Vegas. Winnipeg’s totals have also gone under in nine of its last 11 conference games.

Jets vs Golden Knights Game Information

  • Game: Jets (46-33-3) vs Golden Knights (51-22-9)
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • Day/Time: Tuesday, April 18, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Jets vs Golden Knights Live Stream: NHL.TV

Jets vs Golden Knights Betting Lines

Jets vs Golden Knights Picks and Prediction

Whether it’s Vegas or Winnipeg, this game should feature plenty of scoring. Hellebuyck and Brossoit could each have solid outings and Vegas will look to neutralize Winnipeg’s potent scorers. But 5½ is a bit too small of a number. Bet online on this to go over the total.

Winnipeg is listed at +130 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Jets, you have a chance to win $130. Vegas is -150, offering a chance to win $67 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Winnipeg a 43.48% chance to win, with the Golden Knights at 60.00%

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