Jets Looking To Prove Doubters Wrong
The Winnipeg Jets smoked the Vegas Golden Knights 5-1 in Game 1 of their first-round series. In case you missed the NHL news, it was a legendary effort as Jets center Morgan Barron returned to the game after briefly leaving to get 75 stitches.
The Golden Knights hope to avoid dropping both home games in this series and digging themselves an 0-2 hole. Will they bounce back on Thursday?
Jets Earn Statement Win in Game 1
The Winnipeg Jets made sure to let the Golden Knights know that they aren’t going to be a quick one-and-done in the playoffs. Many NHL betting handicappers had the Golden Knights rolling through Winnipeg with their picks. That clearly won’t be the case.
Winnipeg dominated early on and didn’t look back, allowing 17 shots on goal the entire night. These were the fewest shots on the net that the Golden Knights have had the entire season.
The Jets also took complete advantage of Laurent Brossoit in the net as they dropped in five goals total (with one empty-netter).
Adam Lowry had himself a nice performance as well, scoring two of those five goals on top of Blake Wheeler notching three points. Kyle Connor scored another goal and Nino Neiderreiter racked up two assists.
Overall, Winnipeg dominated from the second the puck dropped. The Golden Knights need a complete turnaround in effort and energy if they’re going to compete here.
Golden Knights Get Embarrassed at Home
The last thing that Vegas wanted was to get absolutely hounded at home but that’s what happened. The Golden Knights weren’t ready to play. What were the odds as they were favored on the NHL odds because they hadn’t lost in regulation in eight straight. Clearly, those odds were wrong.
The only positive factor for Vegas wound up being William Karlsson, who scored the lone goal for the Golden Knights.
A big issue emerging is the growing disparity in net between the teams. The Golden Knights are still without Logan Thompson and Adin Hill -– the team’s top netminders from the regular season. Hill could be close to returning, though.
Jets vs Golden Knights Game Injuries
Jets vs Golden Knights Head-to-Head
Vegas had won every game against Winnipeg this season before the playoff series started. The Golden Knights won three straight, outscoring them 13-8 in those contests.
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: Thursday, 10 p.m. ET
- Jets vs Golden Knights Live Stream: NHL.TV
Jets vs Golden Knights Betting Lines
Jets vs Golden Knights Picks and Prediction
The Jets are a mid-sized underdog in the sportsbook coming into Game 2 but we can’t ignore what they showed in the opening matchup in this series. Winnipeg dominated the entire night and limited Vegas across the board.
The Golden Knights will play better here but the goaltending situation is one to watch. We’ll likely see either Jonathan Quick or Adin Hill in net in Game 2 and that should give them a shot in the arm to rebound. Take the Golden Knights with your NHL picks.
Vegas is listed at -150 in our Vegas lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Golden Knights, there’s a chance to win $67. Winnipeg is +130 with a chance to win $130 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Jets a 43.48% chance to win, with the Golden Knights at 60.00%.