Vegas One Win From Second Round
The Vegas Golden Knights are a win away from winning their eighth postseason series since coming into the NHL in 2017.
Vegas has won three straight games since Winnipeg, the last team to earn a postseason spot in the Western Conference, stunned the Golden Knights in the series opener.
The Golden Knights have overcome some spotty work on the penalty kill to be on the verge of advancing to the second round. Winnipeg Winnipeg has power-play goals in each of the first four games and is 5 of 12 with the man advantage.
For those making NHL picks, keep in mind that Winnipeg’s 20 road wins during the regular season are the fewest of the eight Western Conference playoff teams.
When looking at some of the NHL news, for Winnipeg, forward Nikolay Ehlers and Mark Scheifele are questionable. The Jets are already without forwards Sam Gagner, Cole Perfetti and defenseman Josh Morrissey.
Forward William Carrier remains sidelined for the Golden Knights.
According to the NHL playoff odds, the Golden Knights (+900) are fifth in the odds to win the Stanley Cup title. Winnipeg is well back at +15000 in the championship odds.
Injuries Mounting for Jets
If the Winnipeg Jets didn’t have bad luck, they wouldn’t have any luck at all.
Defenseman Josh Morrissey, who finished second on Winnipeg with 76 points during the regular season, will miss the rest of the playoffs. Nikolay Ehlers hasn’t played yet in this series and now Mark Scheifele is also dealing with an injury.
It has been that type of season for the Jets as Ehlers missed 37 games, Cole Perfetti was out for 31 games while Pierre-Luc Dubois and Blake Wheeler combined to miss 19 more.
Among the top six scorers, only Kyle Connor appeared in all 82 games during the regular season. Winnipeg has used 20 skaters so far in the playoffs.
The Las Vegas odds total has gone under in four of the last five games played by the Jets.
Eichel Making Most of Playoff Debut
Playing for the Buffalo Sabres, Jack Eichel didn’t get to experience the thrill of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After being traded to Vegas, he once again missed out on the postseason as the Golden Knights didn’t make it into last season’s playoffs.
Finally getting the chance to play in the postseason, Eichel has scored three times in the first four games of the series. He had a hand in four of the 10 goals scored by Vegas in Games 2 and 3, and that included getting a pair of power-play goals in Game 3.
Eichel leads all Vegas forwards in time on ice as he has been out there for 21:20 per game, one second ahead of Chandler Stephenson.
A surprise star in Game 4 was Brett Howden. He scored twice after not recording a goal in his first six Stanley Cup playoff games.
— z – Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 25, 2023
Four of the last five games played by the Golden Knights finished over the NHL betting lines total.
Jets vs Golden Game Injuries
Jets vs Golden Knights Head-to-Head
Vegas has won six of the last seven games against Winnipeg and that includes the last three in this series. The Golden Knights are 3-1 in the last four home games versus the Jets.
Each of the last five games finished over the total and just two of the previous 10 matchups ended up going under the total.
Vegas has won the last three games in the series decided by one goal.
Defenseman Neal Pionk has seven assists and Adam Lowry four goals in this series for Winnipeg. For Vegas, Eichel and William Karlsson lead the way with three goals each.
Jets vs Golden Knights Game Information
- Game: Winnipeg Jets (46-33-3 regular season) vs Vegas Golden Knights (51-22-9)
- Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 27, 10 p.m. ET
- Jets vs Golden Live stream: NHL.TV
Jets vs Golden Knights Betting Lines
Jets vs Golden Knights Picks and Prediction
Plenty of eyes were opened when the Jets went into Vegas and won Game 1. It is a different deal since then as the Jets need to win the next three games to stave off elimination.
The Jets have thrown more hits per game than any other team in the playoffs and will look to be physical once again in Game 5. Vegas is third in takeaways per 60 minutes.
When making NHL predictions, keep in mind that Winnipeg is 23-20 against the spread on the road while Vegas is 18-25 against the NHL betting lines on home ice.
The Golden Knights are 35-21-7 when listed as the favorite by the NHL odds with Winnipeg 16-19-1 as the underdog.
The Vegas Golden Knights are listed at -180 in our Las Vegas hockey odds. This means that if you wager $100 on the Golden Knights, you have a chance to win $56, Winnipeg is +160, offering a chance to win $160 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Vegas Golden Knights a 64.29% chance to win, with the Winnipeg Jets at 38.46%