Winnipeg Jets Advance, Scheifele Sets NHL Record

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Steven Stamkos trying to win his first cup, same for Alexander Ovechkin or the Cinderella stories of the Winnipeg Jets or Vegas Golden Knights. That's where the Jets posted the league's best home record.

The Jets defeated the Nashville Predators 5-1 in Game 7 Thursday to advance to the franchise's first Western Conference final, which begins Saturday in Winnipeg against the Vegas Golden Knights. "They had 109 points".

Calgarian Tom Morrissey will also be cheering on the Jets when they play, but from the team's home arena. Also defending for the Predators is Roman Josi (59), of Switzerland.

"Fleury. The way pucks have been sticking to him", she said of the Vegas puck stopper who answers to Marc-Andre, Flower, or Hockey God in Residence. Connor Hellebuyck isn't a slacker, with his.927 save percentage and 2.24 goals against average.

Fleury had five days off in between series while Hellebuyck will have had just 48 hours to prepare for one of the fastest and most potent offenses in the league.

Speaking at a company analyst event Thursday, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said he expects the National Basketball Association to come to Las Vegas in a few years.

That said, if we were to seek a single snub, one netminder whose candidacy for the Vezina was arguably as strong as those of his counterparts, Marc-Andre Fleury would fit the bill.

With his two-goal effort, Scheifele set a new National Hockey League record, finishing with seven road goals in the series and now has an NHL-leading 11 in the playoffs. That's the second-highest-scoring second line in the National Hockey League.

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Crucial to the Golden Knights success will be how well Fleury and Co. are able to contain Winnipeg's top unit of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor. The Jets' second line wasn't far behind, with Laine, Stastny and Nikolaj Ehlers scoring 183 points.

A tap of the stick to the Washington Capitals for slaying their playoff dragon, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Vegas also boasts two potent lines but is capable of rolling four unsafe lines to balance the scoring across 12 forwards.

With more than 200 goals and 600 assists in Stastny's career, the Jets invested in this season to make a push in the playoffs and it paid off.

As in baseball, where a good pitcher usually beats a good hitter, so it is in hockey when a hot goalie can snuff out the most combustible of forward lines. He's gone 8-2 in the Knights' 10 playoff games with some truly remarkable statistics -.951 save percentage and 1.53 goals against average.

Eakin, left unprotected by Dallas and plucked in the Vegas expansion draft, says he realized about a month into the season the Knights were a team to be reckoned with.

Only four players expected see action on Thursday for Winnipeg have played in a Game 7, while Nashville could have 16 or more. Murren said MGM would likely not have any ownership in an National Basketball Association team if they do come here. There would've been no shame in losing to such a high-powered team, but Winnipeg proved themselves superior and torched them on numerous occasions to take the series in seven games with a 5-1 win on the road in Game 7. For me, they beat out Vegas, slightly, in nearly every category.

After going eight-for-eight in the opening round of the playoffs, I fell off a cliff a bit in the second round, going just two-for-four in my predictions. However, they don't seem too terribly concerned about the lack of home-ice advantage in the series.

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